Not running the Air Force Marathon this year, but still want to be a part of the festivities? If that sounds like you, Air Force marathon officials have a mission for you.
Once again the September 15 race is looking for 2,000-plus volunteers to do everything from unwrapping the medals that runners receive at the finish line to post-race clean up. Volunteers do it all and race officials have announced that would-be helpers can start signing up at www.usafmarathon.com.
“We couldn’t have this marathon without the support of the volunteers,” Jeanette Monaghan, a volunteer coordinator, said in a press release. “We’ll have at least 30,000 people visit the sports and fitness expo on Sept. 13 and 14, and that part alone takes a huge amount of volunteers.”
Monaghan also encourages groups to register.
“Whether it’s a business, a civic group or even a student group, volunteering creates great team-building opportunities,” she said in the press release. “It’s also a good way for organizations to get exposure to the public, because they can wear their own logo apparel or even bring a sign to their shift.”
In addition to the volunteer positions at the expo, there will also be spots to fill on race day at the Air Force Museum and at the 5K event at Wright State University. Bands are also needed to provide entertainment for the runners along the course on race day, according to the press release. All of the positions are listed on the marathon’s website.
“The Air Force Marathon is such a fun event that a lot of our volunteers come back every year,” Monaghan said in the press release. “We even have runners who love the race so much that they come to town early just to volunteer at the Expo since they can’t help out on race day.”
For your hard work you’ll walk away from the experience with a little swag. All volunteers receive an Air Force Marathon T-shirt.