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Monument Marathon + Husker game = H-E-L-P!

July 7, 2015

This may seem a little early, but HELP! Can you volunteer for the Monument Marathon on September 26?

You can sign up here.

We’re about two months away from the race, but there’s a wee note of panic in the back of my mind. The Monument Marathon and Half starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

And there’s this:

husker schedule on race dayAAAACK!

We always knew it was a possibility. There was one year when race day coincided with a night game. But a game that starts at 10 a.m. on race day? Ay carumba!

There’s not a lot we can do about the schedule of the race. We have to set the date at least a year in advance, so that runners in the current race can get info about next year and so we can advertise nationally. We also have to work around big events at Western Nebraska Community College (Celebrate WNCC), in the community (Harvest Festival at Legacy of the Plains Museum, which is on the race course), and in the racing world (Omaha marathon, Denver marathon). We also need to try to hit the sweet spot for Goldilocks weather – not too hot, not too cold; no snow, no hail.

Which leaves the race crew at the mercy of our community of Husker loyalists – if you are not going to the Husker game that day, will you commit to volunteering at the race?

Your community needs you!

This race is a huge opportunity for us to showcase how awesome we are out here in western Nebraska (we currently have registrants from eastern Nebraska as well as Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Utah, Florida, Washington, Indiana, New York, Arizona, and California). The volunteers are a HUGE part of what makes the Monument Marathon a success. Case in point, here are some quotes from race reviews on Marathon Guide:

The entire community is very welcoming and supportive and you get the sense that they really do want you to finish the race and have fun at the same time.

And the volunteers! To a person, enthusiastic, supportive, and performing their tasks with aplomb.

The enthusiasm of the volunteers and other crowd at the aid stations was fantastic!

As for volunteers, what can I say? These people are AMAZING! This is why I gave 5 stars for spectators – it’s mostly a rural run, but the numerous aid stations and volunteers were absolutely cuckoo excited to see each runner!

Enthusiastic volunteers & friendly locals help make this small event fun and refreshing.

Everyone in the town and all of the volunteers are super friendly, and the small-town feel is really special.

The organization was flawless, voluntter staff was so darn friendly you thought you were in ‘Mayberry’ or some place like that.

If you’re thinking, “Gosh, I really want to be a part of this, but, Huskers . . .”, rest assured: there will be some kind of radio / TV / scorekeeper function happening that day at the race so you can keep up with the game! (Race crew members are Huskers fans, too!)

Shoot, this juxtaposition with the Husker game could turn out to be a pretty cool thing. What if the aid stations and homeowners around the race course turned the marathon into a big, miles-long outdoor tailgating party, with TWO entities to cheer for: the Huskers and the runners? This could really be a lot of fun!

If you’re excited to help out, show your Husker pride, and welcome runners to our community, mark your calendar and sign up here, so the race crew will know we can count on you!

More information about volunteer position needs and training schedule will be available as the time draws nearer, but, gosh, it’d sure be nice to see those volunteer signup numbers start climbing now, so the race crew has one less thing to worry about.

Here’s a note from race director Jennifer Rogers about volunteer positions:

Usually whenever I present for volunteer recruitment, I tell people we have needs before, during and after race day and that you don’t have to be a marathon expert, we just need enthusiastic people to help make the race experience great.  And there’s different times people can give on race day too.  If they’re a course marshal at the start of the full course, they could be done in an hour.

Still, if you can make a significant commitment to help out on race/game day, it’d be much appreciated!

Will I see you there?

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