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5th Annual Cassidy’s Run for the Kids 5K (and Fun Walk)


The race date for 2017 is Sunday September 17. Click here for Online Registration for 2017


Or, Click here for a paper 5K race application you can print and mail in.

Can’t make it on race day but would still like to participate? simply register for Cassidy’s 5K Virtual Race! Register for the Virtual Race, adult and/or youth, run or walk your own 5K for Cassidy, then submit your time(s) through Cassidy’s web page (that’s this page!). Virtual results will be tallied and posted along with the standard results on CoolRunning.com for all pre-registered virtual runners and you’ll be mailed your Cassidy’s 5K race shirt within 7 to 10 days after the race. Registration for the Virtual Race is only available through Online Registration.  This page will be updated on September 17th in order to accept virtual results.

We need Sponsors and raffle items!!!

This event would not be the success that it’s been each year without the continued support of our sponsors and raffle donators. With your help this event will continue to grow and help raise awareness for both Cassidy and other children facing similar challenges. Sponsorship and Raffle donations are 100% tax deductible.

Cassidy’s 5K Cover Letter

Cassidy’s 5K Sponsorship Form

Cassidy’s 5K In-Kind Sponsorship Form

For sponsorship opportunities please send an email to: sponsorsC5K@runthecircle.org

The post-race raffle is huge and a lot of fun! Typical items include (but are not limited to): Gift cards, baskets, photo sittings, art work, sporting events, concerts, ticketed events, jewelry, fitness classes. All donations gladly accepted!!! The raffle takes place along with the post race awards ceremony at Sylvan Street Grille immediately after the race. If you have an item(s) that you would like to donate to be raffled off after the race, please email us at: rafflesC5K@runthecircle.org for instructions.

The Race:

Packet pick up, last minute registration and post race festivities take place at Sylvan Street Grille, 195 Elm Street, Salisbury MA.

The race starts at 11:00 a.m., 5K lollipop out-and-back along Salisbury’s Ghost Trail (packed gravel) with some quiet country roads thrown into the mix. Flat and fast with start/finish adjacent to Rabbit Road trail head. Chip timing, Yankee Timing Company.

Click here to view Cassidy’s 5K Course

Cash awards, top three overall male and female. Age group awards to top male and female in each age group; 0-12; 13-17; 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; 80+. Non-competitive walkers welcome, no walking awards.

Race t-shirts to first 500 registered. Adults $25, kids 12 and under $10.

Some photos from last year’s race, raffle and after party. And, yes, that is former Bruin, NHL Hall of Famer and Cassidy’s BFF, Terry O’Reilly signing autographs and memorabilia!

We will be accepting donations for Cassidy using PayPal through September (You don’t need a PayPal account. Donations can also be made through Lightbox Registration.) While all of the funds raised through this year’s race will be donated to Cassidy, Cassidy’s family, in-turn, will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this year’s race to other children born with Treacher-Collins Syndrome. This is a recent photo of Cassidy and her friend Jace.



Cassidy’s Crusaders – Treacher Collins Syndrome from Michael N Sutton / @MNS1974 on Vimeo.

Cassidy’s 5K

9/16/2015 – Governor Proclaims September 26th 2015 Treacher-Collins Syndrome Awareness Day! The official Commonwealth of Massachusetts Proclamation can be read by clicking here.



Posted by Cassidy’s Crusaders on Saturday, September 26, 2015


WARNING, You may want to grab a box of tissues. Cassidy stealing the show at the start of last year’s race!

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Cassidy Claire Nicholas

Cassidy Claire Nicholas, Jeremy and Eva Nicholas’ first child, was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) on August 5, 2012. TCS is a rare genetic disorder that affects the anatomy of the cranium and facial bone structure. Cassidy’s first surgery was for a tracheotomy so that she can breathe on her own. Her second surgery was the insertion of an abdominal feeding tube. The feeding tube is gone, but a long and difficult journey still lies ahead.

Cassidy will not let Treacher Collins Syndrome hold her back from growing up into a little girl during her respite from corrective surgeries.  While she is currently participating in Early Intervention for speech therapy, she will be out of the program when she turns three-years-old this coming August.  Cassidy will begin preschool in September and will continue her regiment of therapy at the Moody School in Haverhill, MA.  Since her last surgery, a successful repair of her cleft soft palate, Cassidy has become a big sister!  She adores her little brother, Cameron, and has shown a penchant for helping her parents take care of him.

As a result of the funds raised at last year’s race, Cassidy was able to get a second BAHA hearing device earlier this year and the improvement in her ability to process spoken language was immediate.  Her vocabulary has increased steadily and she has been able to rely less on sign language to communicate.  Although her underdeveloped jaw coupled with her tracheotomy hinders clear pronunciation of her speech, she battles on despite those impediments.  Cassidy will undergo major surgery to correct her jaw within the next few years.  The procedure involves removing rib bone then grafting it to her jaw and if successful her jaw will begin to grow and hinges can be created.  Currently, her jaw bone is the size it was when she was born.

One day Cassidy will know and understand the outpouring of love and support that she receives through this event. One day, she will thank all of you! Someday she will run along with all of her supporters!

For more information about Cassidy please visit:



Special Thanks to Our 2017 Gold Sponsors

WCRCWTT WCRC Wild Turkey Trot 5KThanksgiving Day West Newbury, MA
Atlantic Bridge and EngineeringHampton, NH

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Silver Sponsors

spslogo SPS New EnglandSalisbury, MA
 13708410_632729763550518_7283969250798971476_o(1) Crosby’s MarketplaceSalem, MA

SW Contruction

Shawn Warford, Amesbury, MA
The Bradford TavernRowley, MA
First Ipswich Bank Ipswich, MA
Special Thanks to Our 2017 Bronze Sponsors
jon davie


email: Mike Vincent, Newburyport, MA


email: Jim Nickerson, Newburyport, MA
 page logo Arthur S. Page Insurance, Newburyport, MA
 Talent logo  Talent Retriever, North Andover, MA
Questions? Send email to infoC5K@runthecircle.org