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Volunteer Appreciation

This week we are excited to honor our volunteers. On Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Soin Medical Center here in Beavercreek, OH, we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. We had roughly 2,400 volunteers who made the recent race a success. The volunteers gave willingly of their time and abilities to ensure that our runners were well taken care of, from the expo to the course on race day, to the food tent post-race.

This year’s winner of the best hydration station was Dayton Children’s Hospital, who manned a station at the 6.5 mile mark on the half marathon course serving nearly 5,300 runners with under 30 volunteers.  This was Dayton Children’s third year manning a hydration station.

“The Best Hydration Station award is special because it is voted on by our runners through our post-race survey,” said the marathon’s volunteer coordinator, Jeanette Monaghan. “This is the first year an organization not affiliated with the military has won.  The small but mighty team from Dayton Children’s Hospital really stepped up and did a great job.”

Besides recognizing the best hydration station, we also recognized our lead volunteers, who are the backbone of making each area of our event run smoothly. We awarded special recognition to a lead in each area of expertise at the event.

Overall lead volunteer of the year went to Dolly Parker, who goes above and beyond to make our race successful. Dolly is the lead in the information booth at the expo and the lead at the information tent on race day. She volunteers with us all year long, going around to local expos to help promote and coming into the office to help with mailings. Dolly has volunteered with us for many years.

Expo lead volunteer of the year was given out to 2 different individuals. Randy Wells and Angela Freyberg. Randy oversees the runner shirt/goodie bag area of the expo. He also works on race day out on the course. He is dedicated to our event year after year. Angela oversees the bib pick up. She instructs volunteers and helps with any of the issues that arise with runners getting their bibs. Angela also volunteers in the food tent on race day.

Race day lead volunteer of the year went to David Cox. Dave did a fantastic job organizing all of our bicyclists who escorted the wheeled participants. This year we had the most wheeled participants ever, so Dave’s organization with each of the cyclists alongside the wheeled participants made a huge difference in that aspect of our race going smoothly.

Warehouse lead volunteer of the year went to DiAnn Stephens. DiAnn takes time out of her days ahead of the race to come in to the warehouse and unwrap all of the medals and organize them so they are ready to go race day. She also volunteers at the expo helping oversee the volunteers.

Group Volunteer lead of the year was awarded to MSgt Ruiz. MSgt Ruiz does an excellent job of organizing a group of Tecumseh High School Air Force Junior ROTC students, and he brings them in and oversees them helping us with the expo and especially with the baggage claim and food tent on race day.

“Volunteers really are the backbone of the Air Force Marathon.  We simply couldn’t put on a quality event of our size and scope without them,” Said Monaghan.

We are grateful for our volunteers and we could not do our race without all 2,400 of them being a part of our team! Thank you, volunteers!