Thank you Half Full Triathlon Volunteers!

On Behalf of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Board and Staff, THANK YOU so much to all the wonderful volunteers who braved the elements to come out and support the 2nd Annual Half Full Triathlon benefiting the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. All weekend long, athletes, sponsors, and spectators were telling me how great the volunteers were – from packet stuffing over a week prior to the event, through the Expo, the Swim, Bike, Run, Transition, Food, you name it – everyone was there for a greater purpose – to support the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults as we transform the lives of young adults affected by cancer.

This note is going out to my entire list of volunteers who came out for the Half Full Triathlon. I know I will be missing some people because so many came out and just started pitching in, so coordinators, please pass it along if you have contact information for those people! I know I don’t have contact information for all the wonderful people who came out on the Aid Stations – Rotary/Rotaract, Centennial, Hammond, and River Hill High Schools, Kindy’s Crew, the Dynamics, HoCo Striders, and Cancer to 5K. We’ll never really know how many people were out there, but it was at least 400!

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This note is long because there are so many things for me to be thankful for… I am forwarding a note from our Executive Director and one from one of our Board Members, who participated in the race, that really capture the spirit of “Half Full” and why we do what we do… and why at 7:30 last night when it was down to just staff and a handful of volunteers, we were still laughing and having a good time and celebrating the inspirational day.

Of course, there are always ways we can improve, and I welcome your feedback on how we can make the volunteer experience even better!

Cancer changes lives, and with your help, so do we!

Kristin Johnson
Half Full Triathlon Volunteer Coordinator

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Brock Yetso
Date: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: Wow

Three years ago when we embarked on this Half Full Journey we set out to make this event so much more than just an event or triathlon – but instead we wanted it to be a platform for people to talk about UCF and the young adult cancer fight.  As I watched people throughout the weekend shed tears, share smiles, learn about UCF Programs and talk about why they were half full, I was reminded that we have stayed true to our initial mission and vision and we should be proud of what we have built. And then when I saw the Zoller family at the start of the race it just re-affirmed this belief and also reminded me of how much more work we have to do to help families in need.

Have a great day!

Brock Yetso
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Executive Director

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 7:02 AM, Bryan M. McMillan wrote:

Speaking as a board member who knew all the work you all put into this and someone who spent an inordinate amount of time on the course yesterday ( I PR’d – the wrong way!) every aspect of this race was thought through with immaculate precision. The smallest of details were thought through.

The tribute to Heather was SO powerful. She is the second friend that I have lost in 2 years and this meant the world to those of us that could not make it time to the memorial service later in the day. I know Scott was very touched by the love and support. I washed off my age and race numbers but kept Heather’s initials intact on my calf. She and so many others will be missed.

The signs on the dam – half I could not read because of the tears. Luckily I had to walk the second loop completely so I could read each one – this powered (putted I should say) me through to the end.

To the staff – your sleepless nights and work was noticed by everyone that participated, I heard tons of compliments as people passed me, trust me that was everyone but about 3 other racers. (Please pass on to the staff as it bounces back for me).

To the volunteers – the cheering, shout outs, and enthusiasm was second to none. It was a horrible cold and wet day but sunshine radiated from each one of them without a SINGLE complaint.

The finish line reception made me feel as if I were the first racer to cross. Majorly slower than last year but I felt like a winner!!

Thank you for all that each and everyone of you does to make a difference.
Now off to much needed physical therapy.

Bryan M.

About Kristin Johnson

Runner girl, music, concert, food, travel & movie fanatic. Mom of 2, spouse of 1. Follow me on Twitter! @krisfergie
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