With Heavy Hearts

 

The Mass Dash: With Heavy Hearts, We Won’t Be

Running across Massachusetts for the Jimmy Fund in 2016

To all of our runners, volunteers, race partners and friends throughout Massachusetts and beyond, who have joined us on the Mass Dash over the years: 

In the Fall of 2007, in the darkness and driving rain of one of many team relay races that we had run over several years, I couldn’t stop thinking about a very dear friend of ours who couldn’t join us on these adventures any longer because he was deep into his own life-and-death fight with cancer.  That rainy night sowed the seed of a dream.  We on the Mass Dash Organizing Team want to thank all of you for making that dream come true… 

The reality of many dreams coming true is that some of these dreams also come to an end.  And this dream that has become the Mass Dash is now, sadly, in the past now.  With the heaviest of hearts, we have decided to cancel the 2016 Mass Dash… 

We can’t thank you all enough!  You’ve worked incredibly hard, and you’ve shared your hearts, your souls and your legs racing across Massachusetts, dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support family, friends and neighbors in the fight against cancer.  You have made all of this possible, and it could not have happened without you.  In the five years of the Mass Dash, you have collectively raised over $500,000 in the fight against cancer--- You are all to be commended for this outstanding achievement.  And we have had one unbelievable time doing it!  We have accomplished some things that we all can be very proud of… 

For those team captains who have already registered a team and paid your registration fee, we will be sending you a check within the next few weeks fully refunding the fee.

Of course, there isn't anyone else that we would rather spend an amazing weekend with than all of you.  So although the official 2016 Mass Dash is cancelled, here’s what we have planned for Saturday, July 16, 2016!  The Mass Dash Organizing Team hasn’t had the opportunity to run the Mass Dash since we test-ran the race route on this same weekend in 2009.  So we’re running the 100-mile “Mass Dash” from Mt. Greylock to Amherst ourselves on Saturday, July 16.  We’re doing it for the memories, we’re doing it to see all of our Mass Dash friends one more time, and we’re doing it for Neal Webber, Jeff Rahn, and for everyone who has fought this fight.  If you’re up for running with us, come meet us at Mt. Greylock for a “Last Dash” start at 5:00am at the DCR Mt. Greylock State Reservation Visitors Center on Rockwell Road in Lanesborough on Saturday, July 16.  Bring some friends or bring a whole team--- but just come along!  We’ll be running together at a pace that everyone can do so we can spend the whole 100 miles of the Mass Dash together.  If you can’t make it to Mt. Greylock for the start, meet us at one of the transitions along the way.  We’ll be posting a schedule on the Mass Dash website and Mass Dash Facebook page.  And then we will finish the Last Dash in Amherst on Saturday night with a Last Dash post-race party for everyone on the Mass Dash Last Dash.  Check our Facebook page for updates.    

Thank you and be well…  Bruce Leshine and the Mass Dash Organizing Team