2018-08-09 / Sports

‘Coast Less Traveled’ raises funds for ACS during 3-day event


And they’re off. Taking part in day two of the three-day event, participants head out for the Luminary 5K run/walk from Blue Mystique. The trek took them across the U.S. 2 bridge and on to the boardwalk. Pioneer Tribune photos And they’re off. Taking part in day two of the three-day event, participants head out for the Luminary 5K run/walk from Blue Mystique. The trek took them across the U.S. 2 bridge and on to the boardwalk. Pioneer Tribune photos MANISTIQUE – The first running – more accurately the first running, cycling, and kayaking – of the “Race the Coast Less Traveled” three-day event took place the last weekend in July.

The purpose of the event was to raise money to help Laurie Lindstrom meet her goal of raising $3,200 for the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation. She will be running the New York City Marathon this November in memory of her son, Brian, who lost his battle to cancer 10 years ago. One hundred percent of the funds are directed to the organization; she is responsible for her travel costs and registration fees to participate in the race.

Another goal of the race was to unite the Manistique community on both sides of the river. All events started and finished at Blue- Mystique.

“Special thanks go out to Liz Douglas, owner of Blue-Mystique,” said Lindstrom. “Liz was instrumental in making this event happen. Her expertise is assigning tasks that need to be accomplished, acknowledging talents of local people, and bringing those people together to make something special happen. An event as big as this required so much help, participants, sponsors, friends, family, the Manistique Department of Public Safety, and local businesses chipped in time and talents”

The event raised $1,360 in entry fees and $300 in sponsorships. The participants received customized glasses with the race logo for their participation, and after paying for these expenses, the race was able to raise $1,000 toward ACS DetermiNation.

The three-day event started with a Full Moon Paddle. Participants met at 8 p.m. at Blue-Mystique and paddled up the river in the glow of the moon. Thirty-four people enjoyed the coolish weather. As the sun set, the sky cleared and treated everyone to a beautiful sunset.

Saturday evening runners met at Blue-Mystique to participate in a Luminary 5K Run/Walk across the river to the boardwalk. The luminary finish of the non-competitive fun run remembered those who have battled cancer, and honored those winning the battle.

Taking first place in the Luminary 5K for the women was Gracie Thompson in a time of 30:02. Joe Denkins took first in the men’s division with a time of 29:05.

Sunday morning bicyclers met at 8 a.m. at Blue-Mystique and pedaled along the Manistique Lakeshore Campground bike trails to the Manistique Quarry.

“Thank you Manistique for helping kill cancer one paddle, one step, one pedal, one cent, and one cell at a time,” Lindstrom added.

Luminary 5K results for women: First place, Gracie Thompson, Georgetown, Ky., 30:02; second place, Barbar Polis, Manistique, 44.55; third, Melissa White, Manistique, 48:15; fourth, Robyn Sass, Cooks, 57:49; fifth, Tammy Denkins, Manistique, 57.51; sixth place, Gail Jacobs, Cooks, 57:52.

Luminary 5K results for men: First place, Joe Denkins, Manistique, 29:05; second place, David Denkins, Cooks, 29:20; third place, John Thompson, Georgetown, 31:11; Larry Thomas, Manistique, 44:56

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