Thank you

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2002

...for all the help.

A letter of thanks to the people and businesses that made the 12th Annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon one of the bestsuccesses ever. Over 120 runners from five Alaska cities and 17 states participated, with many out-of-state runners traveling to Juneau specifically to participate in the race. Special thanks are due to Minch-Ritter-Voelckers (MRV) Architects, the principal sponsor of the Frank Maier Marathon. Generous financial support from MRV, and from Valley Lumber and John Walsh & Co enabled great awards for winners, shirts for all participants, and a high quality event in 2002. Ben Van Alen was again at the helm, organizing out-of-state advertising, registration, race-day results, and taking care of our visiting participants' pre- and post-race needs for the 11th year in a row. Gordon Taylor organized equipment and volunteers for the 26-mile and six aid-station course. Birger Baastrup (City Center Chiropractic) provided pre- and post-race sports- and medical-services, to the runners. McDonald's supplied insulated beverage containers and cups for every aid station, and Terry Anderson (Army National Guard) provided aid station tables. Crandall Mark (Juneau Parks and Recreation) also helped with race equipment.

Phil Moritz and Gordon Taylor set up the course, and Glenn Frick helped take it down. Ken Hoff and Sandy Woods organized and ran the great BBQ after the races, and donated halibut and other yummy treats as well. Ken and JoeMo Garlic Newman manned our grills. Staff at the Nugget Alaska Outfitter, The Alaska Club/JRC, and the Foggy Mountain Shop helped pre-register local runners, and Corrine Conlon and Beth Potter registered scores of runners on race day. Scott and Denise McPherson photographed the race, and Tamara Faris took photos at the finish line. Web-support, entry forms, race photos and results are available online at, courtesy of Manchee-McLean Consultants and were provided by Doug Jones. Fred Bergander was our on-course race monitor and runner-support person during the race.

Rich Ritter made the 24 award presentations. The six aid stations along the course were enthusiastically run by Sara Peacock, Connie DeSouza, Barb Hembree, Kollette Imbler, Angelica Lopez-Campos, Victoria Thomas, Ken Nestler, Helen Davies, Charlene Morrison, and Sheila King (Association of Government Accountants, Capital Chapter, station 1), Paul DeSloover, Penny Saddler, Sandy Hinkley, and Jim Akins (station 2), Sandy Warner and JoAnn Ask (station 3), Dave and Adrienne Audet, Jim Akins (station 4), Jim Dorn (station 5), and Liz Johnson (station 6). Traci Rivera, Judy Maier, Buck Bryant, Carol Douglas, John Wilcock, Sara Peacock, and Tamara Faris staffed our busy finish line.

Deborah Craig helped design event graphics and obtained aid-station refreshments. Tom Meyer and Mike Williams provide the official trucks of the Frank Maier Marathon. Finally we thank Charles Bingham for helping us compile race statistics. Many of these folks helped in past years and did double duty by both volunteering and running. We thank you all, and those I've surely overlooked, for your contributions to the success of this event. The marathon is named in memory of Frank Maier who was a local runner and avid marathoner.

Bob Marshall

...for the contribution.

My sister and I would like to thank Lynette Anderson for your generous contribution to our family at this time of our loss of our father, Angle Peterson, Sr. Your kindness and thoughtfulness has not gone unnoticed. As usual, I am in debt to your dependable gentle strength.

Marcy Peterson and family

...for your commitment.

AWARE wishes to thank Alaska Airlines for their commitment to supporting the people of Juneau in emergency situations. Alaska Airlines has accommodated victims of domestic violence and their children on several occasions this summer with flexibility and professionalism. This display of awareness and caring helps create a healthier community. Thank you, Alaska Airlines, for your generosity and for setting the example of giving back to the community you serve.

Cydney Boyer

AWARE Volunteer Coordinator

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