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Marathon: Why I'm Volunteering

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As soon as she heard volunteers were needed at the Mill Race Marathon, Pearl Moody knew that she wanted to help.

The 80-year-old hoped to avoid all the traffic and congestion downtown, so marathon organizers gladly helped the great-grandmother find an alternative closer to her home.

Moody will distribute smiles and cups of water at one of the many water stops located throughout the 26.2-mile marathon course.

“I just like doing things for people, and who can’t hand out water?” Moody said.

The longtime Columbus resident, who spent many years baby-sitting children in her home, also has devoted much of her time to volunteering.

She has helped with softball tournaments at Lincoln Park, served as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, was a Book Buddy volunteer at Clifty Creek Elementary School and went with a church mission group to Honduras.

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