Marathon in jeopardy of losing permits without volunteers

Marathon in jeopardy of losing permits without volunteers

CHAMPAIGN – The organizers of the Illinois Marathon will lose city special-event permits necessary to hold the April 11 race if they don't quickly come up with more traffic-assistance volunteers.

Casmar Events of Fargo, N.D., has been given until April 1 to come up with enough volunteers to cover 225 intersections in Champaign and Urbana that the marathon route will pass through. At this point, there are about 150 traffic volunteers and the event needs at least another 100 people, preferably 150 to 200 more, to hold the event safely, said Mark Knutson, executive director of the Illinois Marathon.

"We're in a little bit of a desperation mode," said Knutson.

More details in Tuesday's News-Gazette.