Ma­gog Marathon needs vol­un­teers

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ma­gog

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 marathon­m­a­ web­site or they can sim­ply go to La Ruche high school, in Ma­gog, this Satur­day be­tween noon and 7 pm to get in­formed.

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