The 20th annual Seaside Lemans is the latest event that has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, the organizers announced today.
Originally scheduled for Sept. 12 at Mashpee Commons, race organizers believed it was the best course of action to ensure the health of everyone as the community successfully moves forward in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. Based on current guidance from the state, holding a public gathering such as Seaside Le Mans that attracts a large crowd would be difficult under current parameters.
“We know this comes as a disappointment for the beneficiaries, generous sponsors and community of supporters, but we also know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today,” said DeWitt Davenport, founder of the Seaside Le Mans and CEO of The Davenport Companies, which underwrites the entire cost of the event.
Donations are still welcomed and 100 percent of support will go directly to the critical work of the beneficiaries through The Cape Cod Foundation.
“We’ve raced in all conditions and hoped we could make the 2020 race a reality, especially knowing the beneficiaries need support more than ever right now,” said Davenport.
The Seaside Le Mans team still aims to help support the missions of the five deserving organizations throughout this year and into next year. They include Cape Kid Meals, Cape Cod Military Support Foundation, Cape Cod Baseball League, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and Cape Cod Healthcare.
Over the past two decades, the annual fundraising and community event featuring Formula 1 karts driven by local business sponsors has generated more than $7 million for 50 non-profit organizations on Cape Cod.