BASCA 5K helps celebrate 25 years of service


ORANGE PARK - BASCA, Building Abilities for Special Children and Adults, had nearly 200 people dressed in running shorts and some Super Heroes; Flash Gordon, Batman and Robin, Nick Fury, Harley Quinn plus some Star Trek Stormtroopers as well as the Dairy Queen and Jacksonville Icemen mascots Puck in Saturday's BASCA "Cape" abilities 5K road running race in Orange Park.

BASCA was established in 1994 with a mission of improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental differences. There are a handful of BASCA L.I.F.E. residential homes for members to live in with Adult Daystar programs at both the Dye Clay and Barco Newton YMCAs.

John Cone, the BASCA Founder, retired recently after 20 years and was replaced with Beth Clark, who became CEO in 2017.

September 16-23 was declared BASCA Awareness Week by the Clay County Commissioners and the town of Orange Park in 2018.

For the BASCA 5K Run, which started in 2013, Orange Park High School cross country runner Shyonnewanya Dumas, 18, won in 19 minutes, 18 seconds over Orange Park resident Omron Wallizada's 19:50.

For the women, Becky Dougherty, 40, won that title in 21:04 with Annette Harris, 37, second in 28:09.

Full results can be found at


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