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Marathon organizers seek volunteers

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Organizers of Mill Race Marathon are hoping to have 400 to 500 volunteers to assist with events Sept. 26 to 28.

All types of jobs are available, including distributing water and medals on race day, working at the health expo, giving out race packets to

runners, assisting with children’s activities and assisting with entertainment in or around the race event.

Volunteers can spend a few hours or all day, work the day before the race or volunteer at the marathon itself.

“We need lots of help from volunteers, and there are lots of possibilities,” said Andy Pajakowski, a Cummins employee who is on the planning committee.

Some civic and business groups have signed up to work together, and runners can even volunteer for events on the Thursday or Friday before the race on Saturday.

Providing a welcoming environment and good experience for participants will help make it a successful event and encourage them to want to want to return the following year, Pajakowski said.

The Columbus event will never be the size of the Chicago Marathon, which last year drew 45,000 participants. But with the help of the community, it can be a premier event, said Laura Chasse, another Cummins employee helping lead the planning committee.

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