Auburn resident, Eric Shaw, will be riding in his second Pan Mass Challenge come August to support his lifelong friend and cancer survivor, Jonathan Daige. The team needs to raise $31,500  – $4,500 per team member – in advance of the August 6-7 ride.

To help reach this goal, the team is hosting a 5K on Saturday, June 4 at 4pm starting at Worcester Fitness, 440 Grove St., Worcester. Anyone can enter online at RaceWire.  In-person registration will also be available beginning at 3pm at Worcester Fitness.  The registration fee is $30 in advance, or $35 on the day of.

There will be awards for top three male runners, top three female runners, and top three cancer survivors.  The route will take runners from Worcester Fitness, running along Indian Lake, and finishing back in the Worcester Fitness parking lot. The first 150 registered runners receive free tee shirts.

This is the second year Daige has organized this road race fundraiser. Last year, the first year he rode the PanMass Challenge, was in celebration of his first year cancer-free. He is joined on his team, “Thin Blue Ride” by Shaw, Michael Cappabianca, Angela Consiglio, Cara Valeri, Joseph Quinn, and Ronald Remillard. Most of the riders are Worcester Police Officers, as is Daige.

“Cara Valeri and Angela Cosiglio won’t be able to ride this year, due to unrelated head injuries” said Daige. “But they are still active helping us to raise the money.”

The rest of the riders are preparing for the Challenge, which takes riders on a route from Sturbridge to Provincetown over the 2 day event. Last year, Thin Blue Ride raised $27,000 for the PMC, and they hope to exceed that goal this year.

According to Daige, the group is also holding a golf outing at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton on June 27. “We already filled at 36 teams” said Daige. “We are still looking for some hole sponsors for that event, and we’re also doing a helicopter golf ball drop. People can buy a ball, and the one that lands closest to the pin wins.”

Thin Blue Ride has a website (http://www.thinblueride.com/) where people can donate, find information about upcoming fundraisers, learn more about the team, and buy Thin Blue Ride merchandise.