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Hasty Half will run for another worthy cause

Posted: October 2, 2013 - 12:03am

13.1 miles.

That is not a lot to give when it is all about fun, celebrating friendships and the community of Juneau.

Plus it is free, although donations will be accepted for a special need.

The Fifth Annual Hasty Half Marathon will raise funds for another worthy cause this year as all donations will go to the Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School running teams.

The Hasty Half Marathon, a 5K Fun Run and 1-Mile Walk will take place this Sunday, Oct. 6.

Half marathon race participants will meet at Sandy Beach at 8:30 a.m. to get runners checked in. Half marathon runners are asked to be at Sandy Beach by 9 a.m. for run information and shuttle service to start. Runners will be shuttled to the race starting line at Outer Point at 9:30 a.m., and the half marathon will begin at 10 a.m.

This is a scenic fun run along the Douglas Highway, from Outer Point to Sandy Beach, and is not officially timed, so runners should bring their own watches if they want to note their finish.

Support stations will be set up at 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11-mile points and will have water, Gatorade and an assortment of Cliff Shot Blocks and Shot Gels. Runners may wish to carry their own preferred supplements.

The 5K and 1-Mile registration will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Sandy Beach. Runners and walkers are asked to check in by 11 a.m. for an 11:30 a.m. start at Sandy Beach.

If you are interested in participating or donating but do not wish to run please contact Shannon Hasty at slhasty7@gmail.com or 321-5359.

Volunteers are needed for support stations and food set up at the beach. A fire, barbeque and snacks will be available after the events.

The first Hasty Half was conceived in 2009 by a group of girlfriends to celebrate a birthday.

“I wanted to run a half marathon before I turned 40,” Shannon Hasty said. “My birthday was in December but there were no more races on the race calendar in Juneau.”

So Hasty’s sisters Sandee Holst and Sheryl Hales, and friends Sara Raster, Stacy Grummett and Laura Scholes organized one for her.

The run was such a hit that they decided to do it again. Subsequent years included donations going to the memorial fund of fallen Hoonah police officers Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace; the Kevin Thornton memorial fund, in honor of the 19-year-old from Juneau who lost his life from injuries sustained in a random assault in Arkansas; and to the Savannah Cayce memorial fund, in honor of the 16-year-old JDHS swimmer killed in a tragic accident while enjoying a summer day on Auke Lake.

The Hasty Half has grown to see over 100 race participants.

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