Chamber happy to host 4th of July
The Independence Day celebration and Mount Marathon Race on July 4 went well before the tragedy of the missing runner, said Seward Chamber of Commerce Director Cindy Clock on Tuesday. “We’re happy to host the event,” she said. “It’s a boon to the economy and helps Seward businesses.”
From the Junior Race until well after the end of the Men’s Race the streets, barricaded to vehicle traffic, were lined with race fans and holiday celebrants.
Around 300 people volunteer for the holiday and race.
Business downtown are reporting that business was brisk.
The vendor booths looked good and were well organized this year, said Clock. Dorothy Osenga, who manages chamber membership and bookkeeping, coordinated the vendors for the first time this year.
Alaska Waste and Resurrection Rentals did a great job keeping things clean downtown, said Clock.
The Race Committee was well organized and did not make mistakes, said the director.
The parade, sponsored by Petro Marine, was fun. 2012 Seward High graduate Jacob Sears, who works at the chamber in visitor services, organized the parade and served as parade announcer.
Alaska Sound Labs out of Anchorage provided the sound system downtown that kept toes tapping and people singing along to the sounds of classic pop and rock music. All of the announcers were volunteers.
The race timing was provided for the fifth year by Rogue Multi Sports out of Oregon.
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