Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon still needs volunteers
Race can't start without 156 course monitors
3:55 PM, Oct 6, 2010
2:37 PM, Oct 7, 2010
UPDATE | 10-07-2010
By late Thursday morning, 52 people signed up to volunteer for
ORIGINAL POST | 10-06-2010
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The Kansas City Marathon is a little off
The Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon is scheduled to start
at 7:30 in the morning, Saturday, Oct.16. But if the number of
volunteers doesn't pick up quickly, there could be problems.
"We're running behind this year somewhat. Don't know really what
the reason is behind that,” volunteer coordinator Kathy
They still need about 219 volunteers, that's usually not the
case this close to race day. With time counting down, they say
they're not worried...yet. After all volunteering is rewarding in
more ways than one.
"The volunteers get free food. Chik-fil-A's gonna feed you that
day. You'll get a lovely kiwi green long sleeve t-shirt as a reward
also, as a collector's item,” Peterson said.
And it's a chance to be part of something big.
"This race is a qualifier for the Boston, Chicago, New York
marathons; I mean it's a big race.”
They need people for the start and finish line, but most vital
is the 156 course monitors that are still lacking.
Those are the people on the course that encourage and oversee
"We really take care of our runners and they love this course,
they love the whole atmosphere,” Peterson bragged a
It’s a position so important that regulations say they
can't start the race without them. They're confident that people
will step up.
"As the volunteer coordinator I worry all the time, especially
this last week and it's amazing how people come out of the
woodwork,” Peterson said.
As the seconds tick away, time will tell whether that faith is
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