Thanks for helping with Juneau's marathon

Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Thank you to the people and businesses that contributed to the success of Juneau's 13th annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon. 126 runners from 6 Alaska cities, 14 other states, Canada, Japan and New Zealand completed the race, many traveling to Juneau specifically to run in one of these events.

Special thanks go to Minch-Ritter-Voelckers (MRV) Architects, the principle sponsor of the Frank Maier Marathon. Generous financial support from MRV, Valley Lumber, and John Walsh & Co provided great awards for winners, shirts for all participants, and another quality event in 2004.

Our sponsors also include the Gastineau Hatchery (sockeye salmon for our post-race BBQ), McDonald's of Juneau (insulated beverage containers and ice for our aid stations), the GU corporation (energy gels and drinks), and the Alaska Club/JRC who treated all visiting marathoners to the use of their facilities.

The Army National Guard loaned us tables for our aid stations. Chinooks Restaurant (Goldbelt Hotel) hosted our pre-race pasta dinner and social gathering with planning assistance by Dawn Walsh, Clayton Hawkes, Debbie Groves, Suzanne Hebert, Deborah Rudis, and Nancy Thomas. Ben Van Alen managed out-of-state registrations and race-day results, and took care of our visiting participants pre- and post-race needs. Clayton Hawkes helped with pre-race advertising and Suzanne, Zack and Nico Hebert managed our local guerilla advertising. Dr. Karen Schanz provided pre- and post-race sports- and medical-services to the runners. Crandall Mark (Juneau Parks and Recreation) also helped with race equipment. Phil Moritz and John Bursell set up the course, and Kyle Hebert helped with traffic control during the race. Ken Hoff, Sandy Woods, and Joe Neuman orchestrated the great BBQ after the race, and manned the deluxe custom grill loaned to us by the Douglas Volunteer Fire Department. Staff at the Alaska Club/JRC, The Nugget Alaska Outfitter, and the Foggy Mountain Shop helped us pre-register local runners, while Deborah Craig managed registration and with help from Sandy Woods, Steve and Jan McPhetres, Stephanie Hoag, and Lynda Giguere. Dave Stuart provided superb photographs during the race, and Steve McPhetres photographed runners at the finish line. Doug Jones provided year-around web-support, and posts our entry forms, race photos, and results on-line at www.juneau.com/serr, courtesy of Alaska Index Network. Fred Bergander was our on-course race monitor and runner-support official. Paul Voelckers, of MRV, presented 24 winner's awards. The six aid stations along the course were enthusiastically run by Amy Carroll, Stan and Margie Ridgeway, Michelle Prebula and Eleanor Martinez (Station 1); Paul and Meghan DeSloover, Breea and Kent Mearig, and Payton Thompson (Station 2); Sandy Warner and Johanne Ask (Station 3); Pat Harris and Jean Mason (Station 4); Dave and Adrienne Audet (Station 5); and Pete Huberth (Station 6). Our busy finish line was staffed by Ben Van Alen, Tracy Rivera, Phil Moritz, Tim Peltier, John Wilcock, Suzanne Hebert, Beth Potter, Eleanor Martinez and Marian Koelsh. Penny Saddler was our race-day statistician. Deborah Craig designed the event t-shirt and posters, and Steve Davis provided the official truck of the Frank Maier Marathon.

We especially thank Arete Construction Co for doing a fabulous job of preparing the runners' route through the construction in Douglas on race day.

The marathon is named after Frank Maier, an avid local marathoner who helped inspire us.

We thank you all, and those neighbors I have overlooked, for your contributions to the success of Juneau's marathon!

Bob Marshall



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