Thank you to our past participants and welcome to those of you who are new to our race and scholarship fund!  Our annual 5k Run & Walk supports the Captain Gerald F. DeConto Memorial Scholarship Fund. Captain DeConto, a Sandwich MA native, was killed during the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Thanks to your generosity we have been proudly awarding scholarships in Captain DeConto’s memory since 2002.

The 5k starts with a brief memorial tribute at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday September 22, 2024 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. Virtual option also available.    #DeContoRace2024

For registration and donation options please see the REGISTRATION and DONATION tabs.

For course information please see the 5k COURSE tab.

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****************************************** History of Memorial Scholarship & Race *********************************

Captain DeConto, a Sandwich MA native, was killed during the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon while on duty in the Navy Command Center. At the time of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Captain DeConto was in direct communication with the Secretary of the Navy coordinating the Navy’s response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Captain DeConto 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. He was a high-spirited, caring person who enjoyed many activities, one of which was running, and he enjoyed them most when they were shared with family and friends. His Navy career took him all over the world but he returned home to Cape Cod whenever he could, and he spent the weekend before 9/11 in Sandwich with family and friends. The Captain Gerald F. DeConto Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up in his memory to honor him and the legacy he left behind which is one of service to his country, leadership, friendship, and love of life and family. It is his family’s hope that through the scholarship fund Captain DeConto 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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