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“It’s people who are selling drugs and poison on our streets, and when we’re able to arrest and convict them, we take those monies every year and we give them back to the community,” Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said. Cruz on Friday donated $4,000 to David Gorman’s annual Kids Road Races, which kick off on April 28.
BROCKTON – When you only charge a buck for kids to run, $4,000 can go a long way in helping organize the Brockton Kid’s Road Races, and the Plymouth County district attorney’s office on Friday made sure those funds were in place for the next season.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz presented race organizer David Gorman with a $4,000 donation to go toward hosting the races, which he called a “great cause.”
“It’s something for the kids and for families,” Cruz said. “Busy kids stay out of trouble, and every Saturday, when the races are going on, you see all types of families come together. It’s a really good family bonding thing.”
The donation was drawn from money seized in drug enforcement operations that were forfeited upon a suspect’s conviction, he noted.
“It’s people who are selling drugs and poison on our streets, and when we’re able to arrest and convict them, we take those monies every year and we give them back to the community,” Cruz said.
This year will be Gorman’s 41st year organizing the races.
“It’s the cheapest thing to do in Brockton,” he said, noting that anyone can participate for just a single dollar. “We have a lot of kids we help, a lot of kids, and it’s affordable. They get a trophy and T-shirt. The kids really enjoy it and the parents can do it with the kids.”
Some of those past racers have gone on to college on scholarships for track and field or cross-country, he noted.
“We get the kids who really aren’t athletes, but then they find out they can run,” Gorman said. “It just gives the kids so much confidence.”
The 2.2-mile races will kick off on April 28 at 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.), and will be held each Saturday until June 16 at D.W. Field Park.