Annual Canton Road Race returns with new venue, presenting sponsor

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The 13th annual Canton Road Race will take place on Sunday, September 24, at 12 noon with a new course route but the same goal of raising funds to support local charities and community groups. The race is presented by City of Boston Credit Union, which is stepping up to take over from Reebok.

cabi raceStephen Cesso, U.S. general counsel for Computershare, is a member of the board of directors of the Canton Association of Business and Industry (CABI) and one of the race’s co-chairs, along with Humboldt Storage and Moving CEO Howard Goldman. The CABI Charitable Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, distributes all of the proceeds from the race to beneficiaries such as the Canton Food Pantry; the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children; scholarships for students who attend Canton High School, Blue Hills Regional, and Massasoit Community College; the Canton Police and Fire departments; and other community programs.

“It’s really our signature event of the year,” said Cesso. Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company is the Platinum Sponsor, with Wegmans, Bank of Canton, the Canton Citizen, Eversource Energy, FIS, Harbor, Humboldt Storage and Moving, Triad Advertising, and Computershare among the additional sponsors. Forty runners from Computershare are among the participants.

The Canton Road Race will follow the same route as the Foley’s Backstreet 5K. Runners will start at the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital on Randolph Street and head to Washington Street before running down Kenney Street and other neighborhood roads on the way back to Pappas.

Cesso is pleased with the new venue for the race. “It’s a huge event,” he said. “It’s a larger facility. It’s one of the highlights for the kids.”

Race events include a walk, 5K, 10K, kids’ fun run, and a wheelchair race. “It’s very inclusive,” Cesso said. “The goal is to get everyone to participate — all ages, all abilities. That’s the goal.”

Post-event activities include entertainment and food provided by Stone L’Oven, 99 Restaurants, and other local businesses.

“It will be a wonderful family event at a beautiful venue,” Cesso said. “It’s our little way of giving back to Canton for being such a wonderful town.”

Registration opens at 10:15 a.m. on September 24. Those who register before tomorrow, September 8, will receive a free limited edition sport t-shirt. All children who participate in the kids’ race will also receive a free t-shirt. Registration for the 5K or 10K is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the race for adults and $20 in advance/$20 on race day for those 18 and under. The cost for the fun run is $10, which includes the t-shirt. The wheelchair race, which is one mile long, also costs $10 and includes a t-shirt. It is free for students at Pappas.

For more information about the Canton Road Race or to register, visit www.cantonroadrace.org.

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