On November 2, local runners will put their best feet forward for the third annual Bay Ridge Semper Fi Fund 5K Run, which raises funds to help injured Marines.
The event was kicked off in 2010 by Cathie Gearity, sister of Second Marine Division Commander and lifelong Bay Ridge resident John Toolin.
All money raised goes to benefit injured Marines. And each year has proven to be widely successful. During the first year of the race, it raised nearly $7,000. Last year, the number jumped to $8,000. Local businesses, such as Foodtown, Bookmark Shoppe and Chadwick’s, have also contributed in a big way.
The race begins at 10 a.m. at Cannonball Park. The course will take place along the Narrows Promenade and feature breathtaking views of Manhattan and the Verrazano Bridge.
Registration will take place at the start line at Cannonball Park (Fourth Avenue and 101st Street) from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Preregistration by mail is $15; race day registration is $20. All participants will be given a number. Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony and a raffle, as well as snacks.
The official Facebook invitation page for the race already has 89 people committed to attending and that number is growing rapidly as well as the enthusiasm. Hundreds are expected to attend.
Semper Fi is a national organization which holds runs in several areas of the country, including Washington D.C.