WPAFB — Starting May 1 registration for the more than 2,000 volunteer positions that are needed to run the Air Force Marathon, will open and volunteers are encouraged to sign up quickly to reserve their preferred job.
“We call our volunteers the ‘Flight Crew,’” said Jeanette Monaghan, volunteer coordinator. “From pre-race behind the scenes opportunities to race day finish line jobs our volunteers are the key to our success. We couldn’t have this marathon without them.”
Monaghan is also looking for musicians and performers of all varieties to provide course entertainment for the runners.
“These volunteers help make our course fun for the runners,” said Monaghan. “In the past, we have had DJs, bands and solo acts of all kinds. We will again be handing out an award for best course entertainment, which was won last year by the band Forces of Nature.”
The Air Force Marathon also benefits from groups that volunteer both at the expo and on race day.
“Whether it’s a business, a civic group or even a student group, volunteering creates great team-building opportunities. It’s also a good way for organizations and groups to support the Air Force and the Dayton Community.” Monaghan said.
In addition to the volunteer positions at the Expo, there are volunteer spots to fill on race day at the Air Force Museum. All of the open positions are listed on the marathon’s website, www.usafmarathon.com, and volunteers can register online.
The Air Force Marathon, presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing, will be held Saturday, Sept. 16. The Sports & Fitness Expo is held at Wright State University’s Nutter Center and will be Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15. The event will also feature a Gourmet Pasta Dinner and Breakfast of Champions on Sept.15. For more information about the race visit www.usafmarathon.com.