Thank you to all of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, prize donors and supporters who made the 2023 race a successful community event!  We truly appreciate your support for our race and memorial scholarship fund.  Special thank you to everyone who joined us for our event this year despite the weather!

The results for the 2023 in-person race can be found here: 2023 Annual Capt. Gerald F. DeConto, USN memorial 5k (


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.

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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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