Magog Marathon needs volunteers
Organizersare thrilled that so many people have registered for the first edition of the Magog Marathon, an event that will raise money for the
however, it is leaving them a little short of volunteers. “When I first proposed this project to the Foundation I told them we could expect about 500 runners and that we would need about sixty to seventy volunteers. Then people
Sixprojects within the Memphremagog MRC will be receiving a total of $123,535 from the Pacte Rural program.
The town of Stanstead will get $7,175 to help pay for the infrastructure improvements that were done for the visit by the television show La Petite Seduction, permanent improvements that will now benefit the whole population. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House will benefit from a grant of $16,000 to install a sound and projection system in the opera hall which will allow it to hold a wider variety of events and attract more visitors.
started registering for it at the beginning of September,” explained organizer Patrick Mahoney of As of yesterday, a few hours before the deadline for registering for the marathon which will be held this Sunday, 2,294 people had signed up.
“I was on television Monday night asking for volunteers and we got a lot of emails after that, but we are still looking for between ten and twenty more people to help out,” said Mr. Mahoney. Volunteers can be about ten years old and up. “We mix and match the teams of volunteers, putting young ones with more experienced volunteers.” They are needed for many tasks such as signalling people, handing out water to runners, and helping to keep the site clean.
This event will be a ‘green’ event, which means that all the garbage generated from the three thousand or so people who will be on the site will be dealt with properly. “The glasses for water for the racers, the plates and utensils will all be compostable, made out of corn,” Mr. Mahoney said.
The Magog Marathon will close the major marathon season in Quebec, perhaps one of the reasons that it is proving to be so popular.
Anyone interested in volunteering can either contact Mr. Mahoney on the marathonmagog.com website or they can simply go to La Ruche high school, in Magog, this Saturday between noon and 7 pm to get informed.