PLATTSBURGH-The deadline for runners to sign up for the Second Annual Plattsburgh Half Marathon has come and gone, with nearly 1,000 racers signed up. Now it's time for coordinators to put on some of the finishing touches.
Jen Boyer, one of the race coordinators, said volunteers are the main focus now.
"On traffic control end of it, which means people directing traffic, we need probably close to ... about 80 [volunteers]," she said. We need people who are pretty decently fit, able to stand whatever weather conditions are going to be in place that day."
Boyer said the volunteers should be prepared to stand for three hours, as the race cutoff is at three hours.
"If you're at mile 10 directing traffic, you're going to be there all morning,"she said.
Volunteers will also be needed at the very end of the race, as there will be a different setup this year.
"We're going to have a little bit of a longer shoot. We're going to have a tent at the end that's going to have tables and chairs set up," said Boyer. "We're going to have water set up there and all the medals. And also the place for the shoe tags to be taken off. We're going to need a group of people to do that as well. Handing out all that stuff to the runners."
Volunteers will also be needed the day before the race, helping to stuff bags for the racers, which will include their bib number, shoe tag, and tech shirt.
The bags will also have promotional items from local businesses, including coupons.
"We've gotten a few requests as far as people putting stuff in the bags. That's a great way to advertise for your business," explained Boyer. "Every runner is going to get one of those bags."
Boyer said they are also looking for more sponsors, especially $500 and $1,000 sponsors.
"Any sponsors we can get in is obviously great," she said. "If people can't give that kind of money, obviously we have the raffle that we do. So people can donate an item for the raffle. We ask for usually a minimum of a $100 item or a gift certificate."
But most of all, Boyer is looking for the community to come out and support the runners, the day of the race.
"That's what brings people to our community," she said. "That really gets people to come back to your event, people from out of town. Especially in the economy right now, any little bit of business the downtown area, any business to the town of Plattsburgh is obviously beneficial to this area."
"The people of plattsburgh need to come out and support the event in order for it to be a success,"added Boyer. "Because their voices, their friendliness is what is going to make it."
If interested in becoming a volunteer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about becoming a sponsor, visit www.plattsburghhalfmarathon.com.
The half marathon will be held Sunday, April 17, at 8 a.m. at the U.S. Oval.