Herbert Glacier Run raises money for Hospice and Home Care of Juneau

Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2007

Saying it will have something for everyone, Hospice volunteers Lori and Tony Yorba are organizing the second annual Herbert Glacier Trail Run at 10 a.m Saturday at the Herbert Glacier trailhead.

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"People can run or walk the mile, or the full 10 kilometers, or any portion of them," Lori Yorba said. "All ages and levels, including kids, are welcome to join the fun, get some exercise, and support Hospice and Home Care."

The race is being sponsored by Southeast Roadrunners, a group whose mission is to "take advantage of the fantastic natural setting in Juneau to achieve a healthy and positive lifestyle through running." Many other businesses and organizations will contribute snacks and prizes for race participants.

People will be able to preregister for the race about two weeks beforehand at places such as the Alaska Club, Foggy Mountain Shop, Pavitt Fitness Center and the offices of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau. (Other places will be announced.)

Entry fees for ages 19 and older are $15 at pre-registration or $18 on race day; those 18 and younger are $8 at pre-registration or $10 on race day. The fees help pay organizational costs and are one of the year's primary fundraisers for Hospice and Home Care.

On race day, participants should arrive at the Herbert Glacier trailhead well before 10 a.m. to register and pick up the numbers they will wear to identify themselves. The Yorbas and a host of other volunteers will be there to answer questions and help people get started.

"The day of the race is really fun," Tony Yorba said. "Lots of people like to see their time. That's one of the fun things about being in an organized race. But some people just enjoy getting out on this beautiful trail.

"Not a lot of people have run or hiked this trail since it was rebuilt by a consortium of Trail Mix, the Forest Service and other groups," he said. "It's a great surface now. Last year we got lots of oohs and aahs about the trail itself."

The trail is still available for public use during the race, Tony said, and it's important that people be assured that both runners and race organizers will be cautious and courteous to others using the trail.

When they've finished walking or running, people gather for free beverages and snacks at the trailhead. Once all the runners are in, race staff will calculate times and give awards in various divisions and age groups.

"Last year after everyone had finished, it got a little chilly waiting around," Lori said, "so we encourage people to bring a warm change of clothes so they'll be comfortable."

This year every participant will receive a free T-shirt celebrating the race and including the names of major sponsors.

Many volunteers from Hospice and Southeast Roadrunners will help with the race organization, snacks, publicity, officiating and soliciting sponsors. As race directors, Tony and Lori will coordinate people and equipment, acquire permits and try to assure that everything runs smoothly.

Tony is a board member of Catholic Community Service, the sponsoring agency of Hospice and Home Care. Lori has a special family connection with Hospice.

"About two years ago, my grandfather in California was dying of cancer and Hospice helped him greatly" she said. "I remember my aunt telling stories about the 'Hospice angels' who helped make the ending of his life so much easier. When Hospice in Juneau approached us shortly thereafter about helping to organize this race, I knew this was a sign and an opportunity to thank Hospice for what they did for my family."

For more information about the Herbert Glacier Trail Run, contact Jean Jasmine, Hospice and Home Care bereavement counselor, at 463-6134 or jean.jasmine@ccsjuneau.org.

• Marge Hermans is a Hospice and Home Care of Juneau volunteer. Hospice and Home Care of Juneau is a program of Catholic Community Service. CCS serves all persons regardless of their faith.

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