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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. Online Registration is closed. Race day registration opens at 9:00 a.m. at Sylvan Street Grille


Or, Click here for a paper 5K race application that you can print and bring with you..

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 closed.

Virtual results will only be posted for runners that registered for the Virtual Race. Virtual Results can be entered by clicking here

Race t-shirts to first 300 registered. Pre-registration fees: Adults $25, kids 12 and under $10.

The Race:

Packet pick up, last minute registration and post race festivities take place at Sylvan Street Grille, 195 Elm Street, Salisbury MA. Race day registration fees: Adults $30, kids 12 and under $15

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.

The Raffle:

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.


We will be accepting donations for Cassidy using PayPal through September. You don’t need a PayPal account. 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.


Thank You for Your Donations!
Steven Chandler
Diane Chandler
Laurie Russell
Bryan O’Keefe
Elizabeth Pitts
Jo Hamel
Heidi Murphy
Lauren Bonaccorso
Dick Kuhl
Michael Moyles
Tom Berry
Sean Moody
Beth McGavock
Sarah Gilmore
Tara Mitchell
Kevin Sullivan
Kate Sullivan
Hannah Miksis
Patricia Kovalski
Lauren Penna
Suzie Quattrini
Victor Quattrini
Lauren Davies
Knight Oil
Stacy Sustaire
Wendy Foxon
Valerie Santorella
Joanne Gallagher
Paul Gallagher
Maura McCall
Evelyn Fry
Jeff Kelly
Amy Cardello
Everett McBride
Anthony Harris
Kathleen Harris
Rock Star Jackson Jones
Rock Star Chase Jones
Violet Andrews
Allison Carvalho
Emily Sargent
Holly Allison
Sarah Richardson
Paul Richardson
Josh Guertin
Alicia Yopchick-Hrono
Nancy Stewart
Marnie Sheeran
Robin Mann
Tracey Sabino
Mark Azza
Diane Hume
Sean Keane
April Young
Karen Hughes
Betsy Berkenbush Vangelist
Angie Walsh
Tom Walsh
Sally Chanonhouse
Amanda Tomkinson

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:


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



A Huge THANK YOU to Our Platinum Sponsor!!!!!

Platinum Hydrant Regency

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Gold Sponsors

WCRCWTT WCRC Wild Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving Day West Newbury, MA
Atlantic Bridge and Engineering Hampton, NH

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Silver Sponsors

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 13708410_632729763550518_7283969250798971476_o(1) Crosby’s Marketplace Salem, MA

SW Construction

Shawn Warford, Amesbury, MA
The Sylvan Street Grille Salisbury, MA
The Bradford Tavern, Rowley, MA
First Ipswich Bank Ipswich, MA


Family Dentistry, Amesbury, MA
W.Harrison & Sons W. Harrison & Sons, Salisbury, MA

The Rogers Family

Philanthropists Extraordinaire!!! Newburyport, 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
 Shaheen Bros logo Shaheen Brothers, Amesbury, MA

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!

Questions? Send email to infoC5K@runthecircle.org