Readers Respond

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Many to thank for a successful run

From DR. TROY & GRACE IVEY / Storm Lake

The first annual "Jump Right In and Run" was held this past Labor Day weekend and will hold fond memories for a long time for many that participated. Over 200 participants gathered at the start line and took on the challenge of completing the road race.

It was a bright, sun-filled day in Storm Lake and the community can be so proud of how our city sparkled. Some of the comments we heard from out of town runners were; "the course was the best I have ever run", "it is so beautiful here", "all the details on the course will always be so memorable for me", "I'm coming back next year!" to name a few.

We would like to thank the City of Storm Lake, for giving us the permission to host this event in Storm Lake. Chief Mark Prosser and his public safety department for working with us in creating a beautiful yet safe course for our runners. Tom Meier and his parks crew for their assistance and for making our park system well groomed and inviting. Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Buena Vista University Trainers for providing medical attention to the runners on the course. The staff at King's Pointe Waterpark and Resort for hosting the packet pick up event Saturday night.

A road race event comes with some expense and we could not have done it without the financial assistance from the following; Our Gold Medal Sponsor: Storm Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau. Silver Medal Sponsors: Trimark Physician Group, Citizens Bank, and Dr. Troy Ivey. Bronze Medal Sponsors: Silk Screen INK, China House, Hamilton Law Firm, Taco John's, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Grand Central Coffee Station, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., Sichanh Inc./Asian Food Market, Buena Vista University and NW IA Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons. Aid/Water Station Sponsors: Hy Vee, Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes, Security Trust and Savings Bank, Fitzpatrick Auto Center. Mile Marker Sponsors: Dr. Daniel Douglas DDS, Sail Inn Motel, Wal-Mart, Buena Vista Stationery & Printing, Don Reiling, Fareway, Mills Finanacial Marketing, Sports Rehab & Professional Therapy Associates, Julius Cleaners, Curves, and Stille, Pierce and Pertzborn. Media Sponsors: Pilot Tribune, Storm Lake Times and KAYL/KKIA.

There are so many individuals we need to thank for making this event a huge success.

A BIG thanks to all who cheered, passed out freeze pops, and assorted beverages as the runners passed their homes on the course.

A huge thank you to the over 80 volunteers who helped either direct the runners, handed out water, provided aid, or helped at the finish line. The compliment we heard over and over again from the runners was "everyone is so nice here"!

Thank you to our lead committee members; Chris Sitzman, John Brostad, Hannah Campbell, Karen Keenan, Nick Maas, Annamaria Elston, Cal Lai, Jenny Wiebers and Dan Richardson - your efforts and enthusiasm made the project fun and we value your friendship.

On behalf of the entire committee we appreciate everyone's support in making this event a big success. We look forward to the 2nd annual JUMP RIGHT IN and RUN Storm Lake event Sunday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day Weekend) 2009.

* Dr. Troy and Grace Ivey are Race Directors for Jump Right in and Run.