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Racin’ for Jason to benefit man with rare disease

Bristol church organizes benefit for man battling brain cancer.

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 28, 2013 at 4:25 p.m.

BRISTOL — The Bristol United Methodist Church is sponsoring “Racin’ for Jason” in support of Jason and Melanie Owens. Jason has a rare disease which causes non-malignant brain tumors.

Over the years Jason has lost his career, his hearing and his mobility. Melanie, a first grade teacher at Middlebury Elementary, has worked to balance taking care of Jason, their family and teaching. They have two children, Taylor and Austin.

“Throughout the treatment process, Jason’s concern has remained taking care of his family and the legacy of faith that he wants to share with his children,” said Bristol UMC children’s director Becky Goodman. “The health issues facing this family are overwhelming, not to mention the financial obligations.”

The event will include a 5K run/walk, 1 mile fun walk and a bake sale on Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Bristol United Methodist Church at 201 S. Division St. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Race begins at 2:30 p.m.

The race will start and end at the Bristol United Methodist Church. The course is mostly flat. Water and restrooms will be available at the church. The race costs $10 for the 1 mile fun walk and $15 for the 5K run/walk for entries received by Aug. 3. After Aug. 3 it costs $15 for the 1 mile fun walk and $20 for the 5K run/walk. Children 12 years old and younger must have an adult present to participate. Race shirts are only guaranteed to the first 200 registered participants.

Entry forms can be downloaded at or can be picked up at the Bristol United Methodist Church, Chicago’s Downtown Eatery, 1st State Bank in Middlebury or Harding’s in Middlebury and Bristol.

For more information, contact race coordinator, Lesli Mellinger at 848-7747 or email

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