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Volunteers hand out cups of water to runners in the 2009 Air Force Marathon. Marathon officials estimate more than 2,000 volunteers will be needed to support the three-day event this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Al Bright)
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Air Force Marathon looking for more volunteers

Posted 7/19/2012   Updated 7/19/2012 Email story   Print story

    

7/19/2012 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- The Air Force Marathon requires 2,100 volunteers to put on the event and officials say there are still spots open.

"We really need volunteers for the expo," said Jeanette Monaghan, volunteer coordinator of the marathon. "Typically, everyone associates the event with race day, but there many more events beforehand."

Volunteers help not only on race day, but also with the Sports & Fitness Expo held on Thursday , Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 14, Volunteers also help with race-day preparations, hydration stations during the race, clean-up and in many other capacities.

"Volunteers really keep the marathon running smoothly," said Monaghan, "We have so many jobs and duties that we can't do without them."

Local groups can register to volunteer together and even runners can volunteer as part of the expo.

Monaghan encourages people considering volunteering to register earlier because shifts fill up quickly. People can register at www.usafmarathon.com and the deadline is Aug. 31.

The Air Force Marathon brought in $12.7 million to the area last year and has sold out at 15,000 runners for 2012. The expo will be held at Wright State University's Nutter Center.

The Air Force Marathon is scheduled for September 15, 2012. The expo will be held at the Nutter Center the Thursday and Friday.



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