Raining Colors helped the Harborview Triathlon Club raise about $4,000 above the cost of the event. These funds will help cover costs of the club, such as pool access and travel to Sitka for their first triathlon. In addition to the funds raised for the club, we raised over $500 for One Fund Boston to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The kids made the suggestion of raising these funds at our last triathlon club meeting before the event.
The club is managed by Harborview gym teacher Zach Stenson and parent volunteers, Kristin Cashman, Jenny Summers and Jeannette Lacey Dunn. Tracy Rivera with Orca Multisport Triathlon Coaching has also volunteered many hours to coaching.
We had a lot of great comments from participants at the event. Some parents told us that this was the first 5K they ever completed. Others noted that they hadn’t been running is quite a while, but their kids really wanted to do this event, so it got them out too. One parent commented on the concept of combining fun with exercise. Another said it was the most fun they had had at an event in Juneau.
I think everyone really had a great time at this event, but the best part was seeing the kids out there and excited about exercise. We had excellent support from many, many volunteers including Dr. Amy Dressel with Glacier Pediatrics and Chris Carpenter for our first aid station, JDHS gym teacher Kelly McCormick and students, and Riley Moser, who happily accepted the role of lead of course directors. We also had several Harborview parents, friends from Bartlett Regional Hospital and our friends and families out with us to make this event so successful. We thank Southeast Road Runners for generously loaning us their race equipment. We are also very grateful to Chancellor Pugh and UAS for partnering with us to make this such a successful event.
Jeannette Lacey Dunn, Harborview Triathlon Club volunteer