Don't let the name fool you...the organizers of this event - The Beacon Recreation Department - are inspired by all sorts of things. This 2nd annual epic trail run through the University Settlement Park is named it after a road race movie (Cannonball Run) starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, and Farrah Fawcett. Only in this case, the run is with your legs - you're jogging, walking or sprinting the 5K or 1Mile trail - and the cannonball is going to be YOU jumping into the pool after you finish the race!
That's right - the Beacon Pool is part of the course! Bonus points for the raffle prize you might win from Meyer's Olde Dutch (burgers and such from MOD), Mountain Tops Outfitters, Garrison Art Center, Fishkill Farms, or one of the many more local business sponsors who have stepped up to aid in the fundraising efforts of this run. You don't even have to be a runner/walker to enter the raffle!
A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor of Beacon's Cannonball Run because we are hooked on its mission. The proceeds from the race registrations and raffle tickets go to the Beacon After School Program, which started in Beacon's elementary schools. But if enough is raised, and another mile marker is hit, then monies will be used towards the starting of the After School Program in the Middle School. This has been a tremendous program benefiting kids and working parents, and parents who simply want more options for their kids after school.
Read our article to learn more about the program and the race, and see you bright and early tomorrow (Saturday) morning!