SOUTHINGTON - YMCA Camp Sloper and Ben Was Here Inc. will host the Third Annual Benâ€™s Fun Run, which will take place on May 19 at YMCA Camp Sloper in memory of Benjamin Buckley. Ben passed away at age 7 due to severe asthma-related health issues.
The run will feature a one-mile race for third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders around Sloper Pond, located at 1000 East St. The event is open to Southington residents as well as any other towns this year. The goal is to commemorate the life of Ben Buckley while increasing the health and activity of youths in town.
â€śThe Buckley family has been an inspiration to many in town,â€ť said Mark Pooler, director of operations at the Southington Community YMCA. â€śThe way they have worked to keep Benâ€™s spirit alive is wonderful. We are happy to support whatever efforts we can so they can continue their generosity and giving back in his name.â€ť
Race director Bob Lasbury said he is â€śproudâ€ť to be a part of the Third Annual Benâ€™s Fun Run.
â€śThis yearâ€™s race will be another great event as weâ€™ve expanded the race to all local communities,â€ť he said. â€śBenjamin Buckleyâ€™s spirit drives the excitement and passion of the day.â€ť
Sign-in will start at 8 a.m. and the first race will take place at 8:30. There is no cost to participate in the run; however, donations will be accepted for future trail improvements at YMCA Camp Sloper. Following the run, the Buckley family will generously provide refreshments for all runners.
The following is the run schedule:
nâ€Š8:30 a.m. - Boys grades 5 and 6
nâ€Š8:45 a.m. - Girls grades 5 and 6
nâ€Šâ€Š9 a.m. - Boys grades 3 and 4
nâ€Šâ€Š9:15 a.m. - Girls Grades 3 and 4
Registration is already open and ongoing. Interested runners are encouraged to register as soon as possible so they donâ€™t get closed out. Registration is limited to the first 250 runners.
For more information and to register, contact Lasbury at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://bit.do/bensfunrun. Those interested in volunteering for this event can contact Kristen Curley at email@example.com.
Ben Was Here was founded by the Buckley family following the loss of their son, Benjamin Buckley, after he suffered a severe asthma attack. In memory of Ben, the family has started a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in his name to raise asthma awareness and give back to the community.
The purpose of Ben Was Here, Inc. is to:
nâ€Šâ€ŠProvide academic scholarships to students interested in furthering their education in the areas of teaching, creative/fine arts, science, engineering or medicine
nâ€ŠProvide funding to schools for educational materials and supplies
nâ€Šâ€ŠProvide funding to community/youth organizations
nâ€ŠProvide funding for prescription medication coverage for asthma related medication and for research and treatment of asthma and other childhood illnesses. To learn more about Ben Was Here visit benwashere.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.