Al’s Run moves west to AA Com­mu­nity Col­lege

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ARNOLD — The Fam­ily and Friends of Al Can­tello Jr. have made changes for the sixth an­nual Al’s Run, which is set for 8;30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Arnold. All funds raised will go to­ward the Al Can­tello Jr. Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship Fund. This com­mu­nity driven event is the only fundraiser that re­plen­ishes the fund.

This year the lo­ca­tion has moved to Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege — the west­ern shore — just a short dis­tance from where Can­tello was born and raised (in An­napo­lis). Al­though he has been gone for six years, his roots are still prom­i­nent in the area given that his sur­viv­ing fa­ther and older sis­ter re­side in An­napo­lis, with his younger sis­ter liv­ing in Sev­erna Park. In ad­di­tion, the dis­tance has changed to a 5-kilo­me­ter run (for­merly eight).

Over the past five years, the ACSF has awarded over $75,000 in schol­ar­ships to Mary­land stu­dents who have com­mit­ted to demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship and wish to pur­sue lacrosse on a col­le­giate level. The ACSF will con­tinue to honor the spirit of Al

Can­tello Kr. by con­tin­u­ing to award wor­thy stu­dents. New this year, the ACSF is ex­cited to be work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege Foun­da­tion for the awards. An in­de­pen­dent team of Anne Arun­del ad­min­is­tra­tors will se­lect the finest ap­pli­cants based on a list of cri­te­ria.

Al’s Run is a pro­fes­sion­ally timed run that at­tracts both se­ri­ous run­ners and fam­i­lies. For many it has be­come a tra­di­tion to at­tend this event in mem­ory of Can­tello. The at­mos­phere is one of remembrance and gratitude. Each year the event starts off with “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner.” Af­ter the race gun sig­nals the start, the run­ners be­gin to set their pace to the tune of U2’s “It’s a Beau­ti­ful Day” — one of Al’s fa­vorite songs. Dur­ing the run, sup­port­ers, vol­un­teers and spec­ta­tors gather at the race fin­ish to en­joy the silent auc­tion (which run si­mul­ta­ne­ously). The morn­ing closes with an awards cer­e­mony. There are first place win­ners in each of seven age cat­e­gories rang­ing from 10 to over 65. Most prizes are do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses. Over­all win­ners will value a prize up to $100. All run­ners and walk­ers are wel­come.

The Fam­ily and Friends of Al Can­tello Jr. group was cre­ated in May 2011 af­ter a boat­ing ac­ci­dent took Can­tello’s life in July 2010. He left be­hind two boys and a wife, as well as his ex­tended fam­ily and a wealth of friends. He af­fected many in his life­time as a youth lacrosse coach, a lo­cal busi­ness over, a Di­vi­sion I lacrosse player and an over­all men­tor. He spent most of his free time with his fam­ily on the field and en­joy­ing the wa­ter — boat­ing and fish­ing and crab­bing.

Reg­is­ter on­line at www. al­can­tel­lojr-schol­ar­ship­fund.org or at Al’s Run on www.ac­tive.com. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion, $25; reg­is­tra­tion that day, $35. Reg­is­tra­tion opens at 7:30 a.m. Race di­rec­tor is Karen Can­tello O’Kane, 443-254-6364.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

The 2015 Al’s Run takes off at the Kent Nar­rows just out­side Is­land Ath­letic Club. The run has moved to the west­ern shore this year.

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