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Volunteers can make or break a race

Posted: Thursday, Apr 18th, 2013

An aid worker hands Jennifer Schulz, of Dakota Dunes, a cup of water late in the 2012 Brookings Marathon as runners head west along 20th Street South. In addition to aid stations every two miles, volunteers are stationed at each turn on the course and at the finish line. Troy Maroney/Register File

What are the two most vital ingredients for any race?

No. 1 – runners. That is obvious. No. 2, and perhaps not so obvious – volunteers. In the case of the Brookings Marathon, race director Matt Bien estimates that 400 volunteers will have a part in this year’s events, which are Friday and Saturday, May 10-11.

“As I've said before, this event would not happen without them. And runners tell me year after year that our volunteers are simply the best,” Bien said.

He estimates that May 11, when the marathon, half marathon and marathon relay are conducted, 300 to 325 volunteers are participating. They are handing out cups of water or energy drink, directing at street corners, giving medals to finishers, and more.

For the complete article see the 04-18-2013 issue.

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