Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon still needs volunteers

Race can't start without 156 course monitors

UPDATE | 10-07-2010

By late Thursday morning, 52 people signed up to volunteer for the race.

ORIGINAL POST | 10-06-2010

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The Kansas City Marathon is a little off pace.

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 Peterson said.

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 the runners.

"We really take care of our runners and they love this course, they love the whole atmosphere,” Peterson bragged a little.

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 misplaced.

NBC Action News is a proud media partner of the marathon. If you would like more information about the race or if you'd like to volunteer, visit WaddellandReedKansasCityMarathon.org

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