Saving Santa Claus… The Half Marathon!
Our Alaskan #Eagles put community service front and center in their chapters, especially when Santa Claus is on the line!
One of the biggest Community Service accomplishments last year was stepping up to save Santa Claus. Well, the half marathon event, that is….. The Santa Claus Half Marathon was in jeopardy, as it was three weeks to race day and there was no Race Director. Our Fairbanks Chapter heard about it through one of our Eagles who sits on the running club board. We enthusiastically asked that they give us and our Athletic Director, Ron Oliver, a chance to save it. After two days of intense planning, the running club gave us the green light.
In just three weeks, we were able to gather resources, secure permits, set-up online registration, and map the entire course. The community rallied behind us. On race day, we had over 175 registered runners come out and enjoy the day with us! Our chapter provided most of the race volunteers, doing everything from finish area set-up, race refreshments, course volunteers, and even the DJ! But we weren’t done there! #OldGloryRelay was in Fairbanks visiting us during her #FirstConnections tour. So, we coordinated a flag through that race. Because, why not add just a little something extra?
Due to our hard work making the impossible happen we were able to donate the proceeds of the race ($2,796.70) to Fairbanks Rescue Mission’s Veterans Programs. Hard work pays off by paying it forward and enriching the lives of veterans in our community who are in need of a hand up.
These #Eagles were also the recipients of the Volunteer of the Year award for Running Club North. Congratulations, and thank you!