VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
“We do a run-walk program in the beginning; some of the kids can’t run a mile, and by the end, they’re confident and they can run ten times as much.” —Michelle Bangert, nominated by Cathy Braund. Send your nominations to email@example.com.
If you know what it’s like to hoof a chaotic 26.2 miles…
With 45,000 participants and more than 1.5 million spectators, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 12 features confusion running amok in Grant Park and the surrounding streets. That’s why the Chicago Area Runners Association, Chicago’s largest nonprofit dedicated to supporting runners, seeks experienced volunteers to assist runners at the big race. Volunteers provide info at the start area and throughout Grant Park, hand out maps, answer questions and get runners to hospitality spots. They also lend a hand at the finish line, steadying thousands of dazed runners. Contact Dan@cararuns.org for more information.
If you love helping others become as fast-footed as you…
The MGR Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving and empowering communities, teamed up Chicago Public School students and adult runners. Together, they are called Team M3~Chicago Students MentorRun. At-risk youth get in (really, really good) shape while gaining self-esteem, focus and self-discipline, along with a new pair of nearly unaffordable running shoes. Volunteers are needed to cheer on the teams and hand out water during a training run on Monday 22 and the Chicago Marathon on October 12. For more information, call 773-313-0075 or e-mail program director Cathy Braund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t quite found the courage to run a marathon…
You may not be down with the shin splints, early-morning training and missing toenails that go along with running the Chicago Marathon on October 12. But you can help those strong, disciplined and crazy enough to attempt the race. Volunteers work the race expo, check in runners and distribute start packets, hand out fluids along the race course, direct runners to their start corrals and drape medals around the necks of finishers. Ah, armchair victory. For more information visit chicagomarathon.com.
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