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Braden Stevenson is the 2017 Happy Smackah


The 7th annual Happy Smackah 5k is the morning of May 13th. As part of our yearly sponsorship of this event, we are proud to support Braden Stevenson as the 2017 Happy Smackah. Braden is sophomore at Longmont High School. Last winter, Braden broke his leg, and during the procedure to repair his femur, Braden's surgeon noticed that his bone did not look right. He was diagnosed late in 2016 with osteosarcoma, a malignant bone cancer, and will lose his leg. But like a true Happy Smackah, he faces his challenges with gusto and determination. He to have part of his leg removed, and he is going to be fitted with a prosthetic, and, according to the Happy Smackah site, "he jokes about making some Ninja moves with his newly rotated leg."

What's "Happy Smackah," you ask? Well it's a tribute to Dan Cribby, the inspiration for this event. Cribby is a local St. Vrain Valley School District educator and one of his expressions is known as the happy smackah, and there's a guiding set of principles that guide a smackah through life:

  • Lives with a positive attitude

  • Lives a no nonsense, no excuses life

  • Takes joy in life’s little treasures

Yet, throughout his tribulations, Braden remains unfazed, and he's recovering from his chemotherapy and his surgery, which is why he makes for a great recipient of this year's Happy Smackah. We printed up two different stickers as this year's sponsor. A die cut sticker with their logo and a sticker sheet with their logo in a custom shape die cut peel-off, and then two smaller circle stickers with the logo. We see that over 700 people have signed up for this year's event, and we value all of the participants who will be getting outdoors here in Longmont, Colorado, at Lake McIntosh. Find the Smackah crew on Facebook and Twitter.

Dan Cribby, born and raised in Maine, has many expressions, and one of his favorites is “Happy Smackah” (It’s probably spelled smacker). The Happy Smackah originated as a fundraising event for Dan, a St. Vrain Valley educator who became seriously ill and required amputation of his arm and shoulder and extensive skin grafting.  He was at University Hospital in Denver for over three months.  Dan is back at work full time, and is fully recovered. The term Happy Smackah is his favored expression to describe his favorite people.  The term originates with happy “smacker”, but when a native Mainer says it, the r sound is dropped.  It’s meant to describe someone who is simply…happy.  Dan has lived his life finding joy anywhere and everywhere, and when the community brought together the fun run, his friends thought of the perfect name: Happy Smackah Fun Run.

Walk or Run at the 15th Annual Bob Turner Classic 5K



It's time again for the Annual Bob Turner Classic 5k, now in its 15th year. This event is a fundraiser that supports the athletic and academic needs of the students at Turner Middle School in Berthoud, Colorado, a neighboring town near our factory. They have a die cut circle sticker with their event name and a blue dragon representing the school mascot.

The 5K event itself is open to all age groups and all ability levels. You can go out to win, or you can go out with a friend for a beautiful walk through Berthoud.  Kids are encouraging, along with strollers, and if you best, four-legged friend wants to join, leash them up for a run. Last year the 14th Annual Bob Turner Classic raised $6000.00 dollars for their athletics program, which is an incredible contribution to the school and the district. With our sponsorships, we love to see when the community comes together to do some good.

For the 5K race they have several categories:

Grade 3 & Under
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9 to Age 19
Age 20 to 29
Age 30 to 39
Age 40 to 49
Age 50 to 59
Age 60 +

They also have a free 100-yard Dragon Dash event for the youngsters who aren't able to do the whole 5K yet.

Here's a little bit more about the event's namesake.
The Bob Turner Classic was named in memory of Robert Turner for whom our school is now named. Bob Turner was born and raised here in Berthoud, Colorado, the same town that his ancestors founded.  He attended Berthoud schools and in 1939 graduated from Berthoud High School.  After high school he attended the University of Colorado and then married another Berthoud native, Violette Lucas.  Bob then became a teacher and eventually a high school principal in Littleton, Estes Park, Rocky Ford, Sterling, and Greeley.  In 1969 he became the Director of Instruction for Thompson School District,and in 1980 Bob Turner accepted the post of Superintendent of the Thompson School District.  He retired in 1983.

In-kind Race Sponsorship Weekend:


We're sponsoring three different race events this weekend, with two taking place here in Colorado and one in Canada. All of these events focus on fitness, families and community, and we're proud to say our stickers are going to a good cause. The weather looks great everywhere, so it's going to be a great weekend for these races.

Frank Shorter RACE4Kids

In Broomfield, Colorado, Centura Health and Healthy Learning Paths is holding the 8th Annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K & Expo. Proceeds benefit Healthy Learning Paths, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded with the mission of spreading the power of health for children while leading the way to health conscious communities. The whole day will be a family friendly running expo, with a few different events that cater to all ages. Their custom shaped sticker features all of the health sponsors and the event branding in green and blue text. There's plenty to consume on this sticker with people running and a meaningful message about healthcare for kids.

The 5K portion is a BoulderBolder qualifying event, which is a big deal in these parts, and then there's Mazzola's Miracle Fun Run, which is just under a mile. The 3-5 year old kids will really enjoy the Applebee's Buzz and at the Diaper Dash the 2 and younger set will have a chance to get active. The first five thousand kids 10 and under have a change to receive cool capes, and if you come dressed in your favorite costume you have a chance to win a prize. Bonus: The venue host 1STBANK Center will have staff collecting small recyclable electronics for free at this event.

The event's namesake is Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter, who wants to promote health for children. The folks in involved include: Longmont United Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, and St. Anthony North Health Campus.

3rd Annual Longmont CollaBEERation

Shoes and Brews here in our home town of Longmont is hosting the 3rd Annual Longmont CollaBEERation 5k & BrewFest with Left Hand Brewing, and joining them this year is Under Armour. A portion of the race proceeds will go to The Left Hand Foundation, which goes back to the community for good. They have a sweet custom shaped die cut sticker of a bird in flight and the event name and date. This design is a sure to standout no matter where it's stuck.

About the course: it's a fast, mostly flat 5k along the St. Vrain Greenway, which has been restored since the 2013 floods that swamped our fair city. It's starts at Left Hand Brewery and heads west before turning back to finish at Shoes & Brews.

First place female and male runners will walk away with a keg of their choice, meaning they have the chance to win their weight in free beer. There is also the Best Dressed category, where winners receive the Left Hand Brewing Beer 4 a Year Certificate--an awesome without a doubt. There will also be a raffle for shoes, watches, apparel, nutrition, race entries, beer and more.

Markham Mayor's Youth Council Amazing Race

The city of Markham, in the Canadian province of Ontario, will be hosting their own version of the Amazing Race a full-day event that will bring together hundreds of local youths. High school students race across a set route and complete a series of challenges at various prepared stations. All participants are given lunch, snacks, an event kit (t-shirt, bag, flashlight, etc), and sponsor gear to aid them throughout the day. Their custom circle sticker has a the event name and logo underneath a city skyline in white, with a black background that features line art as a grounding element.

There is a charitable cause for this event as well, as The Kids at Camp Program is run by the City of Markham to allow youth with special needs to attend summer camp programs at an affordable cost. After completing an application process, certain families will be eligible to send their child to camp for one week. As this cause relies solely on donations, MMYC’s contribution is imperative. The money MMYC raises will be added into an overall Kids at Camp fund that will assist youth all over Markham.

We hope everyone enjoys their race days, and we'll be following along online.

Steve's 5k to Run Down Cancer 2016


It's the 2nd Annual Steve’s 5k to Run Down Cancer event in Honeoye Falls, New York. Here's the reason why to run from the organizer:
The event is being held in honor of my brother, Steve Rettke, a champion, a friend, and an avid runner who passed after a 5 year long battle with cancer in February 2014, on his 30th birthday.  The event will raise money for the Wilmot Cancer Institute as well as raise awareness for Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, a rare and lethal sarcoma that can surface in both children and young adults.

For the run, they are awarding cash prizes to overall winners in open, masters, and veteran categories as well as a special bonus to the overall M/F winner who breaks last year’s course record. There's a special cash award and trophy for the M/F 5k finisher who has the fastest time at the 1/2 mile mark.  The Children’s Fun Run will take place at 10 am.  Additionally, they will have special guests from the Wildlife Educators Coalition presenting in the morning.
About Steve

Steve Rettke was a hero in so many ways. His courage and strength set him apart as someone to look up to. While at SUNY Brockport, Steve worked hard to become a great cross country runner after only being introduced to the sport as a college freshman. When Steve was diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor in his early twenties, he continued to push himself. He ran every moment he was able. Steve loved running at Mendon Ponds Park. Well, first he would run to the park from his apartment in Henrietta, and then he would run effortlessly on the park’s challenging and beautiful trails. And when not running at Mendon, he would bike there or fish with friends. Mendon Ponds Park seemed like the natural place to have a race in honor of Steve.

Steve’s favorite event on the track was the half mile. As tribute, the first male and female runners at the half mile mark will receive a special award. In addition to being a loving son, brother, and fiancé, Steve was a proud uncle to his young twin nephews. Steve’s nephews, along with other children, will be able to participate in a kids’ run in addition to other fun activities that will be available to our young participants.

A lot of donors and sponsors have come together to make these prizes happen and last year the event collected $5,000 that went to the Wilmot Cancer Institute. We were happy to give our support in donating these Run Down Cancer logo stickers to go to all runners contributing funds to the cause. It's a great way for people to show off their support in the fight against cancer and spread more awareness to an event that is only a small battle in our larger war against this terrible disease.

Happy Smackah is Backah!

Happy Smackah 2015

Happy Smackah is back in its fifth year running. StickerGiant is proud to be back too supporting the cause and making some sweet stickers to smack on runners. This year they are gathering donations for Kelly Haley to help her in the fight against cancer.

The Happy Smackah 5k is May 9th, 2015 at 8 AM at Lake McIntosh in Longmont, Colorado. Online registration for the event is closed but there is walk up available at 7am tomorrow, the T-shirts will be limited.

Where did "Happy Smackah" come from? According to Happy Smackah,

"The Happy Smackah website was founded in the spirit of support and love for Dan Cribby. Dan Cribby, born and raised in Maine, has many expressions, and one of his favorites is “happy smackah” (It’s probably spelled smacker).

This expression refers to someone who is filled with simple joy of life (The French call this “joie de vivre”).  He loves people who are “happy smackahs”, and he often refers to his students as happy smackahs. We love that Dan Cribby is the ultimate happy smackah."

We are all "Happy Smackahs" at StickerGiant and we'll be out running the race.

See you at the finish line!