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Thanks for supporting Twilight Meet | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The cross country teams at Marysville Getchell and Marysville-Pilchuck high schools want to say a huge “thank you” to the Marysville community for their support of our fifth Tomahawk Twilight Meet this past Oct. 1.

Over 1,500 athletes from 54 high schools and nearly 2,000 spectators from around the state converged on Cedarcrest Golf Course to run in an event unique to our area — a cross-country race  “under the lights” in a beautiful fall setting.

Special thanks go to Cedarcrest Golf Course head pro Dave Castleberry and maintenance director Mark Harpring for allowing us to set up 25 light towers, more than 25 portable toilets, dozens of directional flags and cones, and to paint white directional stripes to guide the runners. A huge thanks to Marysville School District Athletic Director Greg Erickson, who is tireless in his efforts to make this event happen. Thanks also to Jim Ballew with the Marysville Parks and Recreation office for his support, and to the great staff at Bleachers restaurant at Cedarcrest who set up an outstanding outdoor concessions table to serve the crowds. Special thanks to Grace Community Church and Marysville Free Methodist Church for allowing us to park buses and spectator vehicles on and near their properties, and to the residents of the greater Cedarcrest area for patiently enduring congested streets and bright lights on a Saturday evening.

We could not make this event happen without the student, teacher and parent volunteers who dedicate the best part of a Saturday to support our athletes. Several schools return to our meet each year and tell us that the Tomahawk Twilight Meet is the first one they schedule for their season. We accept this as a compliment to all of our supporters, and we again say thank you for all you do for our student-athletes.

Randy Edens, Head Cross Country Coach, Marysville Getchell High School

Jeff Riechel, Head Cross Country Coach, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Assistant Coaches Melanie Kreiger and Brian Kesler

 

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