NOTE NEW START LOCATION as of 2015. The 5K starts with a brief memorial tribute at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday September 25, 2016 at Stop & Shop Plaza 65 Rt. 6A in Sandwich, MA. The course is a scenic 3.1 mile route around the Sandwich Marina and beach area finishing back at the Stop & Shop Plaza. Runners and walkers are welcome. Runners will leave the starting line first with official timing by Spitler Race Systems of Pawtucket RI. Results will posted on

History of the Race

The Captain Gerald F. DeConto Scholarship was started by Captain DeConto’s family after he was killed on September 11th. Captain DeConto grew up on Cape Cod where most people still refer to him simply as “Jerry”. Jerry was a dedicated Naval officer who was respected and admired by those he served for, by those he served with, and by those who served for him. At the time of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Jerry was in charge of the Navy Command Center and was in direct communication with the Secretary of the Navy coordinating the Navy’s response to the attacks on the world Trade Center. Jerry was a high-spirited, caring person who truly loved life, his friends and his family. He enjoyed many activities, one of which was running, and he enjoyed them most when they were shared with family and friends. It is his family’s hope that through the scholarship fund, Jerry will continue to influence the lives of young people and that his memory and the ideals he believed in will live on.

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  1. Hey- I was an enlisted member of his crew in 1999-2001 and have great stories to tell of what an awesome skipper he was. I’m now a mustang officer with 25 years of service and counting and would love to share before the run!

    1. Hi Robert,
      Sorry for the late reply but there’s still time before the race if you have a story or two (or more) that you would like to share. We would be happy to read a message from you at our post-race ceremony. If you would like to get in touch further you can email us at

  2. Hi! Back in mid July, I mailed to you two applications and a check for the Gerald DeConto 5k race. We ran the race last year and are looking forward to it this year as a nice start to our vacation. However, I noticed that the check I mailed has not yet been cashed, and I was concerned that maybe you did not receive our applications for the race. Can you please confirm if you received applications for Jim and Linda Dunbar from Elizabethtown, PA? I would appreciate it!
    Thanks and looking forward to the race.

  3. Hello Sir or Ma’am,

    I sent my registration form and check about one month ago.

    I have not heard back.

    Can you confirm if I am officially registered for the 5K run?

    Thank you in advance for your help!


    Gerald Burke

    1. Hi Gerald,
      Yes, we have your registration and you are officially registered for the race on Sunday (9/25). You can pick up your t-shirt and number at the registration table on Sunday morning anytime after 7:30 am. Go USNWC!

  4. I am Race Director of the Edaville Rail Run being held November 5th. Would you be willing to place our flyers out at your race? If so, would you please let me know where to drop them off or where to mail them? It would be greatly appreciated.
    Donna Merritt Nolan

    1. We would be happy to have your flyers at our race. You can drop them off at our registration table on Saturday (9/24) at Stop & Stop Plaza, Rt. 6A, Sandwich, anytime between 10am and 5pm.

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