Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 5:11 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Community contributes to Spit Run

Last Saturday was a glorious day to be on the Homer Spit. In addition to the normal summer activity, there was a ferry, cruise ship, yacht race and almost 200 runners. A huge thank you to the city of Homer whose support kept us safe and allowed the 37th annual Homer Spit Run, which supports Homer High School running programs, to be a huge success.

The port and harbor ensured runner safety by setting up cones, signs and provided overall support in the planning and executing stages of the race. The Public Works Department donated the use of their truck, cones and folding barriers. The Fire Department donated the use of cones, and their presence during and after the race was a welcome assurance for all. Enough cannot be said about the city of Homer Community Recreation Director Mike Illg. He organized this race from start to finish and everything in between. His support, expertise and enthusiasm for promoting recreation, health and wellness is tremendous and we are incredibly fortunate to have him and the Community Recreation program champion our cause.

The Homer News provided phenomenal support in too many areas to list but they include graphic design assistance, promoting the race and continuing to offer online registration. We are so, so, so grateful.

The generous support of South Peninsula Hospital, the expertise of Derotha Ferraro and the number of SPH volunteers is nothing short of amazing. SPH provided prizes, oranges, completely handled race day registration and more.

Lands End offered a special Spit Run menu and a sunny deck to enjoy post race. Homer High School provided starting line support, and the Kachemak Bay Running Club provided volunteers and liability coverage.

We had an incredible crew of volunteers. Thank you to the parents of Homer High School runners and the many other community volunteers who generously helped with planning, set up, flagging, finish line assistance and the welcomed water stations.

Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to the participants and your generous donations. On the eve of a new track facility for Homer, it is an exciting time to be a Homer High School runner. Many HHS runners finished near the top and are attending running camp in Oregon this summer. Your support will provide these programs with the support needed to not only travel to their competitions, but also purchase hurdles so that HHS can host meets on their new track. We hope to see you there.

Saundra Hudson and Amber Cabana

Homer Spit Run Committee