A letter from the director
I thought I’d share a letter that I received from the Director of the second annual Mt. Acosta Classic. I encourage all to attend!
My name is Marie Vogler and I am an architect at Haskell, located on Riverside Avenue. I am also the Race Director for the second annual Mt. Acosta Classic. On behalf of the team organizing the Mt. Acosta Classic, I am inviting you to become a part of our event to be held on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 3:00 pm starting from the Haskell Building at 111 Riverside Avenue. The event will have something for everyone with the proceeds benefiting the Jared Bynum Scholarship Foundation.
Jared Bynum, a committed runner and triathlete, suddenly and tragically lost his life on Sunday, October 7, 2012 when he was struck from behind by an SUV while on his last 100 mile training ride before the Florida Ironman.
Jared was a large supporter of anything and everything local. In the two years that I knew Jared, he often chose group meeting places based on what local restaurant he could bring more attention to. A group could be meeting for a training event and the meeting place was almost always based on what the perfect place would be to top off the workout. As a co-worker and training partner of Jared’s, I am extending an invitation to you all to become a part of this event.
For the Mt. Acosta Classic, it is our intention to showcase the local establishments the day of the race. Along with the local biking, running and adventure shops, we would like to team up with you – the future vision of Jacksonville. With the large turnout that we are expecting, we are looking forward to bringing your visions to the forefront of the community.
In 2010, Jared and his wife, Kelli, started mentoring at-risk students at Julia Landon Middle School through their church, Southside Baptist. After his fatal accident, a scholarship fund to help pay college tuition costs for a deserving Landon student from an underprivileged background was started in his honor.
In memory of Jared, the Mt. Acosta Classic is held to raise money for the Jared Bynum Scholarship Fund. We are expecting a turnout of more than 500 people. I have included a letter with sponsorship opportunities listed. While we are making sure to keep this event a local one with only local businesses, I would like to get you all on board – even if that is only your support of our event with fliers that we can distribute in race packets or even banners that we can use to place within the 2.2 mile loop of the Acosta Bridge.
Feel free contact me at the email address or phone number listed below if there are any questions I can answer. I would love to team up with you guys and get our event on your calendar while we bring attention to your vision. To register for the event go to: www.1stplacesports.com The Mt Acosta Classic Committee looks forward to your participation.