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.