PHILADELPHIA – About 3,000 volunteers are needed to support the 18th annual Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend on Nov. 18 – 20. Organizers hope more friends, family, co-workers, schools, and other organizations will get involved in the pinnacle of the city’s running history. Volunteering with this world-class event offers an up close and personal experience unlike any other.
“I’ve been volunteering at the Philadelphia Marathon for the past 8 years with my running club, the Wissahickon Wanderers,” explained Dan Gordon, “and it is always a lot of fun. We love cheering on the runners and helping them reach their goal. You fell a part of the race!”
Organizers say there is equal opportunity for everyone to make the weekend better than ever. Pre-race duties may not be pretty, but volunteers are essential for stuffing packets. On race day, volunteers, as course marshals, direct runners and spectators. As hydration station workers, they fill, distribute, and clean up refreshment cups at station along the race route.
The USATF-certified course is expected to attract 27,000 runners and more than 60,000 spectators. There is, as one can imagine, plenty to do during the 4 races on Sunday, Nov. 20. Race day features a half marathon, the Rothman Institute 8K, and the Arctic Ease Kids Fun Run in addition to the marathon. Spectators receive free course maps to 20 cheering zones along the scenic courses. Visitors also get Fan Passes complete with retail discounts and promotions. At the race’s end, volunteers set up and distribute medals, Heatsheets, and post-race refreshments to the runners.
Volunteers also staff other activities, for instance, the free family friendly Health & Fitness Expo. Their diligence keeps things running smoothly throughout the weekend. Plus, the Volunteer Service’s Waste Watchers team, a new partner to the marathon, offers a way to be eco-friendly. Their job helps everyone get trash into the right containers for recycling and compost.
To make things official, all volunteers will receive 2011 Philadelphia Marathon volunteer sweatshirts and plenty of thanks. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator, Katie Morrison at [email protected] or register at www.philadelphiamarathon.com/register-to-volunteer.
And, deserving equal attention are the events’ charity partners. Philadelphia Marathon Weekend supports 26 nonprofit organizations. Contact any of the following charities directly for more details: Academy at Liberty Resources, Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, Arthritis Foundation, Back on My Feet, Best Buddies, Canswerlink, Children’s Tumor Foundation, Covenant House Pennsylvania, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, DeterminNation, Hearts and Smiles Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lung Cancer Alliance, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, NephCure Foundation, Perpetual Prosperity Pumps Foundation, Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, Ready, Willing & Able, Students Run Philly Style, Tourette Syndrome Association, Variety-The Children’s Charity of Greater Philadelphia, and The Warrior Tours.
Teams running for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, City Year, CORE Scholars, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are full. The Warrior Tours does not sponsor a local team, but does connect soldiers overseas with a pre-race event. Running is not required to donate. For more info, click here.
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