500 More Community Volunteers Still Needed for 2015 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
Contact: Cheryle Turner
CHAMPAIGN–URBANA, IL, April 10, 2015— Race organizers announced today that almost 500 additional volunteers are still needed to safely execute this year’s event. Fifty course volunteers are needed for Friday’s 5K and 180 for Saturday’s events. Two-hundred and fifty more general volunteers are needed for general jobs like race packet distribution, parking, course set-up, and the pasta feed. The seventh annual events take place Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25.
Champaign Police Lieutenant Jon Swenson says, “Approximately 3,000 volunteers have already signed up to work, but we still need 230 more course team volunteers and 250 non-course team volunteers to fully and safely staff the event. The need for those volunteers is critical, and the Illinois Marathon race committee is urging individuals who are interested in supporting the event to sign up to volunteer. ”
Race co-director Mike Lindemann adds, “Our community takes so much pride in this event, and has stepped up in every way to support our event over the past six years. We need their help again more than ever to get over this hurdle.”
ANYONE over the age of 16 can be a course intersection team volunteer. Any community member interested in volunteering for one of the open course team positions or other volunteer job should visit www.illinoismarathon.com. Click on the Volunteers tab and then the Join Our Course Intersection Team link. The list of available course intersection team jobs is listed on this page. Pick the location you want and complete the registration process. There is a separate link on the same page—Join Our Volunteer Team—for the non-course team jobs available.
Or you can call volunteer coordinator, Kim Scott, at 217-403-7545, and she’ll help you get signed up for the job of your choice.
To thank our course team volunteers, the race will make a donation on the volunteer’s behalf to one of three local charities—Courage Connection, The Prairie Center, and Prosperity Gardens. The volunteer chooses which one.
All volunteers also receive the official Team shirt and a keepsake drawstring backpack, sponsored by Einstein Bros. Bagels, good for a 10% discount at all three Einstein locations in Champaign-Urbana for the rest of 2015. Course team volunteers also receive a CU at the Finish foam finger.