2012-05-12 / Front Page

Organizers gearing up for exciting marathon; volunteers needed


Water station competitions are just one of the things that makes the God’s Country Marathon a unique event. As the result of a half marathon added this year, organizers are expecting a banner turnout. As a result, they are still seeking volunteers to help with a variety of race functions. Water station competitions are just one of the things that makes the God’s Country Marathon a unique event. As the result of a half marathon added this year, organizers are expecting a banner turnout. As a result, they are still seeking volunteers to help with a variety of race functions. Organizers of the June 2 God’s Country Marathon are putting out a call for volunteers to host water stations throughout the course and assist in other aspects of the race.

“By adding a half-marathon this year, we anticipate that we’ll have more runners participating in the race,” said race director, Kim Mitchell. “Our volunteers help us insure that race day runs smoothly, that adequate support is available for runners throughout the course, and that our participants have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Water stations are set up at each mile marker to make sure that runners stay hydrated throughout the race. Those who host them are encouraged to decorate their stations, cheer on runners, or even play music at their stations to motivate runners as they complete the 26.2 mile run from Galeton to Coudersport. Runners vote for their favorite water stations at the completion of the race. The winning station run by a business is awarded a free one year membership with the Potter County Visitors Association. The winning station run by a group of families/friends receives a gift certifificate for a local business.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with runner registration and checkin at the start of the full marathon at the Galeton Area School, and at Denton Hill State Park at the start of the half-marathon, as well as after the race at the Courthouse Square in Coudersport. Those willing to drive throughout the course on race day to drop off ice and check on supplies at water stations, as well as be available for runners who may require assistance on the course, are also needed.

Volunteers are encouraged to join runners in this year’s effort to raise money for local charities through Crowdrise. Volunteers may raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Potter County, the LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve or a charity of their choice.

Through Crowdrise, volunteers use social networking power to raise funds. Small donations add up quickly and make a big difference in the lives of others. For more information, visit www.crowdrise.com/ godscountrymarathon.

All volunteers will receive a free God’s Country Marathon T-shirt.

Organizers also encourage vendors to set up at the course fifinish line.

If you are interested in volunteering or being a vendor at this year’s marathon on June 2, contact Kim Mitchell at 814-274-7177, or stop in to the Potter County Visitors Association offifice on North Main St. in Coudersport.

This year marks the 38th annual running of the God’s Country Marathon, USA Track and Field Sanctioned Event and a Certifified Course that is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. For more information, visit www.godscountrymarathon.com.

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