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It was another successful “Step by Step” 5K Fun Run/Walk for the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Inc. (CAASA) on Nov. 3. With more than 110 participants, everyone enjoyed a great day for a race around Solomons Island — a little chilly, but the sun was shining bright.

This year marked the 12th annual “Step by Step” 5K Fun Run/Walk held in memory of Michael Blackwell, a jogger who was killed while running on Broomes Island Road. We thank Bonnie Blackwell, Mike’s wife, for providing the opening remarks to start the race and for the Blackwell family’s continued support and involvement with this event. We extend a special thank you to Mike’s former co-workers at Constellation Energy. The group of 18 ran to honor Mike’s memory and his love of running.

In addition, CAASA would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s event: Chesapeake Bay Running Club; Sheriff Mike Evans; Bob Hall; Century 21’s Cheryl and Jimmy Bare; American Legion Post 206; PNC Bank; Bayside Toyota; Calvert Elks Lodge 2620; Sneade’s ACE Home Center; Smith Printing; World Gym; Loch Less Farm; Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center; Calvert-Arundel Pharmacy; Chesapeake Grille & Deli; Chesapeake Pharmacy; Educate and Celebrate; Solomons Holiday Inn Select Conference Center and Marina; Rausch Funeral Home; and Smoothie King.

CAASA has been fortunate to hold the “Step by Step” race at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons since its inception and the board of directors greatly appreciates the professionalism and support of the museum staff. Of course, volunteers are important to our success, and we thank the CAASA board members who volunteered their time and help and the Sheriff’s Office Explorers and officers who braved the wind and cold to monitor the course.

CAASA’s alcohol and other drug abuse prevention activities/programs will benefit from the funds raised, so thanks to all who made it a successful day.

Candice M. D’Agostino, Prince Frederick

The writers is the coordinator for the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse.