We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all past participants, supporters & volunteers                    and extend a warm welcome to those of you who are new to our race and scholarship fund.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept.11th terrorist attacks. Although we are not quite ready to be back in person for our memorial 5k we hope you can participate in our virtual event and help us remember and honor Capt. DeConto and all those who lost their lives on 9/11.

2021 Virtual Race: Our virtual event will take place over eight days starting on 9/11/2021 and ending on 9/18/2021. You can walk or run on any of these days on the 5k course of your choice. This is a self-timed event.  Registered participants will receive a link and instructions for submitting their finish times.

Please use #DeContoVirtual2021 if you would like to share photos and comments of your walk or run.

Registration: If you would like to participate in this year’s virtual event you can register online or by mail.  Please see Registration tab at the top of this website for details.

Donations: Donations can be made online or by mail.  Please see Donations tab at the top of this website for details.

All proceeds and donations benefit the Captain Gerald F. DeConto Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Through your generosity the Captain Gerald F. DeConto Memorial Scholarship Fund supports Sandwich High School seniors and helps us remember and honor Captain DeConto.  We have been proudly awarding scholarships since 2002 and truly appreciate your support.

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