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INNOKO: A Community Goes Outdoors for a Worthy Cause
Alaska Region, September 28, 2009
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Sue Parker, Steve Kovach, Mike Bye and Kevin Whitworth of Innoko NWR working with young people at a Walk/Bike-A-Thon check point. May 08, 2009. McGrath, Alaska FWS Photo
Sue Parker, Steve Kovach, Mike Bye and Kevin Whitworth of Innoko NWR working with young people at a Walk/Bike-A-Thon check point. May 08, 2009. McGrath, Alaska FWS Photo - Photo Credit: n/a

It was a beautiful day to be outdoors on May 8, 2009, and the Innoko NWR staff was more than happy to be out working the half-way checkpoint for the Annual Carol Dietrich Memorial Walk/Bike-A-Thon.  Our checkpoint was well stocked with water, lemonade, fruit punch and cookies for the enthusiastic students and community members who braved the cool breeze to make it to the top of the hill and check-in before turning around and heading back to their starting point.  It was wonderful to see the dusty faces of the participants break out in smiles as they placed a checkmark by their name and asked for "maintenance" on bicycles that had recently come out of winter storage.  Dusty gears and chains were quickly run through their cycles and brakes were checked before participants started back down the hill on the last 5 miles of their journey. 

The walk/bike-a-thon is an annual event held by the McGrath School to help raise money for the Carol Dietrich Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship benefits local graduating seniors who are going on to higher education.  Community businesses and organizations are asked to help run the checkpoints along the way and supply drinks and snacks at a particular checkpoint for the participants.  This year, the staff at Innoko NWR was pleased to be invited to sponsor a checkpoint for such a worthwhile community cause.   

Thank you to Bo Sloan (Refuge Manager) for being our photographer, Kevin Whitworth (Deputy Manager) for being sure that everyone knew which cooler held which beverage and where the cookies were, to Steve Kovach (Biologist) and Mike Bye (Maintenance) for helping participants check gears and brakes, and Sue Parker for staying in touch with the school on the coordination of the effort.  And a big thank you to Amy Chisholm from the McGrath School for her support and guidance at our checkpoint.

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Sue Parker


Contact Info: Bo Sloan, 907-524-3251, bo_sloan@fws.gov



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