40 Emerson Cummings Blvd
Old Orchard Beach, ME
2020 will mark the 16th annual Run for Cash Race!
We at Run for Cash take the health and well being of our participants, volunteers, spectators, and staff very seriously. With the current fears surrounding COVID-19, we are working with local officials and medical professionals to best understand the impact of our events.
The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) published Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 15, states: ” recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.” At this time, we are adhering to Federal, State, and Local mandates which has extended this postponement into May at the earliest. Additionally, we must balance what is socially responsible with gathering for this event in 2020.
It is with regret, that we are cancelling the Run for Cash event originally scheduled for Saturday,June 27, 2020. This event has now moved to a Virtual Event. In an athlete-first policy, we are offering to all registered runners, at no additional cost, the ability to transfer to the Virtual Participant Option. You will still receive the same event goodies in the mail!
Finally, on behalf of Nancy and Bob, plus us at CompetitorME and Veterans Count and, we appreciate the support of our running and endurance event communities. These are undoubtedly trying times for us all. We look forward to seeing you all as soon as we can!
Captain Cash is a New England native who discovered a love for running growing up in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. A 1985 graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School, Cash was a good athlete who excelled in track and cross country, qualifying for the national Junior Olympics and attending Dirigo State in his junior year. After graduating, Cash joined the Army and after basic training requested admission to jump school at Fort Benning and was accepted. After graduating from jump school and receiving his “wings” Chris requested admission to US Army Ranger School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was once again accepted. Upon completion of Ranger training and receiving his “Ranger Tab”, Chris was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division, initially as a machine gunner but over time assumed more responsibilities as he moved up through the ranks as a non-commissioned officer. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in North Carolina, Cash married and had two sons before he was deployed to Iraq.
At the time of his deployment to Iraq, Chris was the Commanding Officer of Company A, 1 st/120th Inf. Reg./ 30th Heavy Separate Brigade/30th Brigade Combat Team. Chris was killed along with Sp-4 Daniel A. Dessins Jr. on June 24th, 2004 in Baqubah, Iraq in a fierce gun battle against approximately 150-160 insurgents. Shortly after Chris’ death, in August 2004, Cash’s mother and stepfather planned the first “Run for Cash” event, which continues today in his memory.
“Knowing our event has meant so much to me and to my family, my community and beyond, I thought it was a wonderful idea to have Easterseals/ Veterans Count adopt the race,” said Captain Cash’s mother, Nancy Kelley. “I look forward to many successful Race Days with the good people of Easterseals Maine/Veterans Count, and the wonderful work they do for our Veterans each year. “My son would be honored and proud, as am I.”
The Old Orchard Beach High School will continue to receive a $1,000.00 Captain Cash Memorial Scholarship each year.