Katie McQuaid’s Scene in Manchester: Stache Dash to raise cash
BY KATIE McQUAID
Unless you are sporting the same mustache you’ve been growing since the 1970s, you have probably noticed that mustaches have made a comeback. Not real ones, but fake mustaches to be worn ironically. For the past couple years, they’ve been showing up on upper lips, T-shirts and even index fingers, and next month they’ll be showing up in the Millyard to raise money for prostate cancer awareness.
I have written about “Movember” festivities in the past. People all over the world wear fake mustaches and mustache paraphernalia during the month of November to put the spotlight on men’s health issues. Some men grow real mustaches to commemorate the month. I know it is not November yet, but I want to give potential mustache growers plenty of time to get ready for Manchester’s inaugural Stache Dash 5K on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Kimberly Cronin and Crissy Kantor have been acquaintances for several years, but just one year ago they connected on a different level when they discovered that both their fathers had prostate cancer. Cronin lost her dad to the disease about a year ago; Kantor’s dad is still fighting the disease.
The two ladies cannot grow mustaches themselves (although if they did, Kantor could probably help remove it at her Hanover Street Chill Day Spa.) But, what they can do is bring awareness to the disease that affects so many families in our city and state.
“It is amazing the number of people I have come to find out are also dealing with this … Even though it is a men’s disease it devastates families,” Cronin wrote to The Scene.
Cronin said she started a New Hampshire chapter of Women Against Prostate Cancer about a year ago. This year she and Kantor decided to become race directors and start the Stache Dash. The race begins at 10 a.m. at Arms Park with an after-party planned for Milly’s Tavern.
Sticker mustaches, both traditional and glitter styles, will be given to racers. After the race, there will be a contest for silliest mustache (real or fake). Anyone who pre-registers will get a T-shirt; the first 50 registrants will get boxer shorts. There are also a limited number of swag bags and beer tickets for runners over 21.
Kudos to Cronin and Kantor for putting together a unique, fun and healthy event for our city. To register, visit www.millenniumreg.com/stache-dash-5K. The cost is $25 per person or $15 for kids 13 and under.