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Race Organizers Take on New Cause After Sudden Death of Oswego Dad

Jul 31, 2016 03:16PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Organizers behind the annual Blues on Barton 5K and Fun Run are reaching out to another Oswego family following their unexpected loss.

Proceeds from this year’s charity event are already slated to be split between the family of 49-year-old Chuck Seibel, a husband and father of two killed by a drag racer, and the husband and five children of Maria Sherrell, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Both died in December 2015.

Now, Blues on Barton organizers also are stepping up to help Oswego’s Hartigan family after the sudden and unexpected loss of father Mark Hartigan this weekend. Hartigan died early Saturday, according to Blues on Barton founder Justin Sather.

The community has rallied around the family in the past as daughter Kyla, now 10, battles cerebral palsy.

This year’s Blues on Barton is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, at Churchill Elementary School.

Sather said now through race day, all registration proceeds will go to the Hartigan family.

“We don’t want to take away from the other two families,” Sather said, noting that 45 percent of existing race registration proceeds will go to both the Siebel and Sherrell families. Another 10 percent will benefit the American Brain Tumor Association in honor of Sather’s late mother, who died of brain cancer.

But Sather said organizers felt the need to reach out to the Hartigans as they begin to cope with their loss.

Sather said 100 percent of online registration fees and all race-day registration proceeds will go to the Hartigan family.

Early registration is available now through midnight Wednesday online. On-site, race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sather said.

The kids fun run will kick off at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K race at 9 a.m. An after party scheduled for 4 p.m. will include food, bounce houses, a dunk tank and live music from 90’s Daughter.

“We’re also setting aside an area for people to make donations directly to the Hartigan family,” Sather said. “We’re hoping for good weather and a good turnout.”

For more information, visit, or contact Sather at 630-479-5848 or


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