Two of our top Sponsors set up at our event were Truly Nolen and Fit2Run – The Runner’s Superstore. Truly Nolen gave away some fun promotional items and had information about all the different services they offer. The Fit2Run tent showcased some very colorful and technically advanced running shoes. We are very thankful for our sponsors and the time they took to be a part of the 2016 Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-event.
Peggy Hoover and Parker Galloway (attends Marco Island Academy) were very busy getting the food tables set up for our runners. Both also volunteered last year. We couldn’t put on this annual event without the continued commitment of our volunteers. All the monies raised are given back to various community organizations. Thank you to all that helped make our event a success.
Proving that Girl Scout Troop Leaders are true “Leaders” we were joined by Troop 249 from Kalamazoo, Michigan. One of the ladies was renting a place for 8 weeks locally and found out about the race. This was the fifth reunion of this group of ladies that were in second grade together and over the years have gotten back in touch with each other, one even came all the way from Australia. Their friendship and comradery was touching and we were honored that they joined us.
(345) Susan Ham Martin
(484) Elizabeth Shinar
(236) Jan Dickson Heppe
(89) Laurie Pinkham Chapin
(159) Lorie Freeman Ermak
(202) Trish Lemmer Gosselar
(403) Linda Mason Orosz
(284) Bethany Greeley Knight
Megan Ping (425) was the First Female Runner to cross the finish line of the 2016 Marco Island Half Marathon. She was visiting from Minnesota with her family of five. Many of her other family members also participated in the event. When I asked her how she chose to run at our event she said that they had booked a trip to vacation on Marco Island and looked for a race they could participate in. One of the things we are most proud of is that our Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K Run-Walk is truly a family event.
Greg Kaczka (267) was the First Male Runner to cross the finish line of the 2016 Marco Island Half Marathon. Greg ran the Boston Marathon last year and he plans on running it again this year. It was pretty obvious how committed he is to being a competitive runner. He lives in Miami and attends the University of Miami where he is on the track and running team. Jeff and Donna Kaczka, Greg’s parents, live on Marco Island full time and were very proud of him.
These two adorable “little girls” were both big winners in taking part in the 5K Run-Walk. Regan O’Donnell (number 395) lives on Marco Island and her family has taken in a foreign exchange student from Germany. We tend to say “what a small world it really is” and this event proved that once again. Julia Durst-Baeumner was visiting from Germany and met Regan here. They were both a BIG help by handing out medals to the runners.
Speedsters is a free club for runners that train and run races on a regular basis. This club started in 2010 and Perry Small is their organizer/certified coach. He lovingly goes by the name of “Coach”. The club is based in the Ft. Myers/Cape Coral area but everyone is invited to join. When this picture was taken they were all enjoying what looked to be a delicious chocolate cake I’m assuming was made as a reward for a race well-run. We were very pleased that they decided to join our race this year.
Yvette will be running in the Marco Island Half Marathon on March 20, 2016, to raise awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This will be her 10th marathon and we are honored that she has chosen our race to help gain awareness for her own very sad, personal loss of a friend to suicide. Yvette is one of many who are called a “Suicide Survivor” and feels a combination of intense grief, disbelief, abandonment, guilt, blame, depression, sadness and an intense yearning to turn back time. She was advised to not cope with her loss alone and to be open to letting people help her live through this experience. That is exactly what Yvette is doing by sharing her experience through her passion of running. In Yvette’s own words, “It helps me feel physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. These long distances can take on a meditative state at times”. If you would like to join Yvette in supporting her journey and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, donations are welcome at: afsp.donordrive.com/campaign/10in10.
Visit Yvette’s website by clicking on the following link: www.run10in10.com
Volunteers were everywhere doing all kinds of tasks from very early morning until early afternoon. Setting up the food tables were Jill Galloway, who is the mother of Hunter and Parker, both volunteers as well. Hunter attends the Marco Island Charter Middle School and Parker attends the Marco Island Academy. Greg Haire (in the blue shirt), a Realtor with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, also helped out with the food. The tables were overflowing with bagels, bananas, and juicy oranges. You could tell how much the participants enjoyed all the goodies. We are extremely thankful for all those that gave so freely of their time to make our event a success again this year.