Half marathon nearing, volunteers needed

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."

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