Volunteers still needed for 'critically important' marathon slots
CHAMPAIGN — Organizers for the Christie Clinic Illinois marathon are putting out a call for more volunteers — 205, to be exact.
Of that number, at least 88 are needed for what organizers call "critically important" course jobs.
"Course team volunteers are critical to the experience these participants will have during their stay in Champaign-Urbana and they are critical to ensure everyone's safety. We are not asking our course team members to be traffic cops but instead to be cheerleaders who help guide the runners and keep the route safe for all," said race emergency services coordinator Scott Friedlein, who has retired from the Champaign Police Department since last year's race.
Organizers said the race cannot happen unless the course team positions are filled and are pleading with the community for help.
There are also 117 non-course volunteer jobs that need to be carried out at the expo Friday or on race day at the stadium.
"Champaign-Urbana has stepped up in every way to support our event over the past three years. We need their help again more than ever to get over this unexpected hurdle," said race co-director Mike Lindemann.
Anyone over the age of 16 can be a course team volunteer. Interested people should visit http://www.illinoismarathon.com. Click on the volunteer tab and then the Join Our Course Team link.
Pick the location you want and complete the registration process. There is a separate link — Join Our Volunteer Team — for the non-course team jobs.
Those who don't have access to a computer can call 217-552-8325 and a race leader will help you get signed up for a volunteer spot.
Course team volunteer training sessions will be held at the University of Illinois' Activities and Recreation Center on Peabody Drive at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. New course team volunteers can attend either session and they will receive more specific information when they sign up for the job at the race website.
Training for some non-course team volunteers will also take place on April 23 and 24. The training schedule is on the volunteer page of the race website.
All volunteers receive the official team shirt and a keepsake drawstring backpack.