ABC#119/Multi-Sport Day, 5-21-16

Overwhelmed is the word for the day: 106 participants; 20 others donated for shirts even though they could not be there; $3,080 grand total donated to Easter Seals Timber Pointe Outdoor Center! This makes ABC#119/Multi-Sport Day at Timber Pointe on May 21 a huge success! Thanks so much to everyone who attended, donated, organized, brought food, and enhanced the day with your enthusiasm and friendship.

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The perfect weather made a great occasion for two special events: (1) wishing Jenny Keen well in her move to Colorado next month, and (2) celebrating passing the $100K mark in total donations over the course of the first 118 ABC runs. This $3,080 gives us a great start on the next $100K. I’m at a bit of a loss for words to describe my appreciation for this outpouring of support you all give for children in this area. With regard to this event, perhaps Kevin McCarthy stated it best in his Facebook message which I will repeat here (with updated numbers in parenthesis).

“Thank You! Today I am overwhelmed. Over 100 people came out to the Multi-Sport Training Day to enjoy friendship and community and to support children with developmental needs. Friends from different clubs, with different affiliations were all in one place to enjoy being together and supporting our community. A truly great day!

Through the wonderful generosity of those that joined us, we raised over $2,800 ($3,080) for Timber Pointe Outdoor Center and Easter Seals. And since we started this fun idea, Multi-Sport Day & ABC Runs have generated over $10,000 dollars for Timber Pointe and Easter Seals.

There are many to thank. The principal organizers are Merlin & Meg Anderson (ABC runs & Lake Run Club – 11 years of ABC!), John Pratt (Masters Swimming & Lake Run Club), Colleen Klein (Tri-mom events, Tri-Shark Triathlon), and yours truly Kevin McCarthy (Tri-Shark Triathlon Club and Lake Run Club). But this is truly a team event with many helping to setup the swim course, set out beverages on the run course, lead bike routes, lead trail runs, man the grill, shop for food, order and deliver supplies, line up lifeguards, supply swim caps, ensure participant safety, etc.

And a special thank you to Often Running and Mike’s Collision Center for sponsoring the ABC Run t-shirts that celebrate and commemorate over $100,000 of donations to local children charities. ABC Runs, the invention of Merlin Anderson, has been operating for 11 years. Each run aims to raise funds for a specific, local, children’s charity. We are thrilled to have Adventures Benefiting Children (ABC) be part of the Multi-Sport Training Day again this year. Thank You!”

ABC Run #120 to benefit St. Jude will be on Sunday, July 24 at 7:30 AM (doors open at 7:00) at Meryl Brown’s home.

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