Shelly Ruspakka, Cat Harner, and Arch Harner are thrilled to race on the Ironman for Anna 70.3 relay team. Contributions this team receives will serve as funds to lighten the load for local childhood cancer families. Through meal cards, housing, travel, groceries and assistance with treatment expenses, the Anna Schindler Foundation helps to relieve the financial and logistical burdens for local families who have received a diagnosis.
Shelly will swim the 1.2 mile swim in honor and memory of children with cancer, including her training partners Arch and Cat’s son Thomas. Shelly is a former NCAA DII All-American swimmer, who coaches local US Masters Swimming and USA Swimming teams. She has completed hundreds of running, swimming and biking races, including the individual Coeur d’Alene 70.3 in 2016. She plans to race on behalf of The Anna Schindler Foundation as part of a relay in the Coeur d’Alene 70.3 in 2020, and individually in the Coeur d’Alene 140.6 in 2021. Shelly received her own cancer treatment at age 20, and is fortunate to have the ability to raise awareness and money for local childhood cancer care organizations through athletics. Shelly’s husband and two children enjoy cheering her on in her athletic endeavors.
Cat will bike the 56 mile bike in honor of her son Thomas. She also bikes in honor of the many little warriors and their families who continue to fight cancer and the lasting side effects treatment can cause. Cat is a former Division III Soccer player and Track Conference Champion, with twelve years of experience coaching youth sports and seven years as a personal trainer. She enjoys competing in endurance sports, and has completed a marathon, as well as numerous half marathons, duathlons, and triathlons from sprint distance to last year’s CDA 70.3 with the Ironman for Anna team. Arch and their four children have been amazing supporters of her athletic ventures.
Arch will run the 13.1 mile rolling course in honor of his son Thomas. A high school athlete, Arch continues to share his love of athletics by coaching youth basketball and sharing his love of athletics with his own children. A lieutenant colonel and 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Arch is currently teaching and molding the nation’s upcoming leaders and Air Force officers as an Air Force ROTC instructor at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. He has served as a mentor to many and generously gives his time to help others reach their potential. Arch has ran a marathon, an Olympic-distance triathlon, numerous trail runs, and many local 5k and 10k races. He is active in several organizations that help with charitable directives and has served on multiple community boards. Arch is a wonderful father and is an amazing example to his children of what it is to be a good person, strong parent, and hard working individual.
Tommy was a regular stroller participant in local running races, and he is never far from our thoughts as we train and race in his honor. His strength over two+ years of treatment for infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) continues to provide us with hope, perseverance, and reasons to race for our youngest heroes. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, their family is also diagnosed, and without community support, these families would have to fight on their own. Because of the Anna Schindler Foundation, Anna’s Homes, and Ironman for Anna, thousands of individuals have been helped and hope restored.
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