Al’s Run moves west to AA Community College
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.
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.