Ludlow CARES Coalition Spring Forum: 

The Ludlow CARES Coalition invites parents, grandparents, youth leaders, educators and community members to attend our spring forum entitled, "Protecting Childhood Sexual Safety".  The forum will take place on Monday, April 30th beginning at 7:00 PM at Ludlow High School (auditorium). Doors open at 6:30 PM.  

Speakers will be Jenny Coleman, Director of Stop It Now.  Stop It Now is a non-profit local organization that works in the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.  Kathy Picard a Ludlow Native, author, advocate and sexual abuse survivor will also be speaking.  

This event is free and open to the public.  We do not encourage children to attend the event unless they are high school, college age students who are possibly considering the field of education in their future.  

Childcare will be provided by the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club.  



Race Details:

Kid's race starts and race day packet pick-up is at 8:00 AM, as always kids race is free. 

Main event starts at 9:00 AM. Plenty of parking at the Ludlow High School. Overflow parking will be at Veteran's Park Elementary which is right behind the high school.

Course Information: 
The race starts at the monument built to honor Sgt. Desforges. The route will take you directly into the woods where you will be challenged for 3+ miles. 
The finish line will fittingly be back at the monument behind the Ludlow High School.
The walker’s course is the same as the first portion of the running course. 
Bring your sense of adventure and honor the son, the man, the hero who “live life full throttle”!

* If your organization has an upcoming event that you would like to showcase; CARES will review and post the event  via our website and social media outlets (using our discretion).  

The Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Walk/Run Challenge is a race inspired by the life of Sgt. Desforges, a United States Marine that was killed in combat in Afghanistan in May 2010. Josh chased his dream to become a Marine and every day, "lived life full throttle." 
This is not your average 5K. This event is better described as a 3+ mile road and trail run with a twist of Marine Corps inspired obstacles and challenges sure to test your mettle. 

At the finish line you will be dirty, tired, and sore, but you will have earned it and paid tribute to a fallen Marine.

100% of the proceeds of this event go directly into the Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Award fund. 

Come on, take the challenge, test yourself, honor one of our fallen heroes, and support a great scholarship in the name of a great man. Take the Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Walk/Run Challenge! 
Event details and schedule