Santa Barbara Triathlon is honored to be a part of celebrating Marcie Kjoller’s life. She was well known and loved by all of us here at Santa Barbara Triathlon. If you ever needed someone to get you out of your race morning funk, Marcie was your lady. All she had to do was smile. We will miss seeing that smile but it warms our hearts knowing her memory will live forever.
Marcie’s connection to the Santa Barbara Triathlon included starting a movement for women to try-the-tri, helping develop what became the Women’s-Only event and volunteering as the sweeper for the women’s event. She also participated many times individually and with her daughter Alanna in the Parent Child course.
Marcie was born on May 14th, throughout her life the number 14 became significant and was not only her favorite number, but was the reason behind everything she did. Her server tips would be rounded out to 14, her training distances always seemed to add up to a total of 14, and she’d even delay her lap start times to the :14 second mark. Her four passions combined with 10 characteristics that describe her; 1. Cheerleader 2. Coach 3. Entertainer 4. Friend 5. Mother 6. Singer 7. Sister 8. Swimmer 9. Teacher 10. Wife, make up a fabulous 14! With that in mind we hope you and your contacts can generate $14, $140, $1,400 or even $14,000 toward Marcie’s Fund. Your donations will be granted equally to the following four organizations: Alpha Resource Center, Heal the Ocean, The Red Piano Marcie Musical Scholarship, and UCSB Swimming!
Why did the family choose these beneficiaries?
Alpha Resource Center – Her daughter Liesl receives services and finds joy in the teen extreme program.
UCSB Swimming – She was a 4-year All American, school record holder in the 50 free, inducted into the UCSB Hall of Fame, Olympic Trial Qualifier and is the namesake for the Captain’s Award and Most Inspirational scholarship for UCSB Swimming.
Heal the Ocean – Marcie spent lots of time in the ocean waters, she participated in Nite Moves and Reef and Run, was an avid kayaker, stand-up paddler and participated in Semana Nautica 1, 3 and 6 mile ocean swims. She was also a member of a relay team which crossed the Santa Barbara channel during the night. She knew the value of having clean oceans and beaches.
Red Piano was her Disneyland – the happiest place on earth with the music, dancing and singing. Music filled her soul, she sang locally with her ‘boy band’, played the piano and was learning the ukulele. She would be thrilled to know a music scholarship was established in her name.
Please join us in honoring the memory of Marcie Kjoller by making a donation and joining our fundraising effort. Help us leave a mark on those organizations that Marcie was passionate about.