Posted 02/17/2016

Organizers of the April 16, 2016 Murray Half Marathon are seeking volunteers to help make the sixth annual race a success.

Interested persons may volunteer on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  There are many opportunities to volunteer based on levels of commitment and skill, said Susan Davis, race organizer.  Opportunities include:

Thursday, April 14:
Located at the Center for Health and Wellness (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

  •  Assembling runner's packets 
  •  Attaching timing chips to runner bibs 

Friday, April 15:
Located at the Center for Health and Wellness (10:00 am to 6:00 p.m.)
  Runner registration 
  Runner packet/shirt distribution 
  •  Information Expo 
  Set-up for Race on Saturday 

Saturday, April 16:
Located at the Center for Health and Wellness (5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  •  Runner packet/goody bag distribution 
  •  Pre-Race set-up 
  •  Finish Line (includes medal distribution, directing runners to Food Tent and etc.) 
  •  Clean-up
  •  Race Ranger 
  •  Traffic Stops 
  •  Water Stops 
  •  Miscellaneous duties 

All ages of volunteers are welcome, but children under the age of 18 must have adult supervision.  Families, community groups and organizations are also invited to volunteer together in spirit teams or by staffing water stations.  Runners will vote for their favorite spirit team and prize money will be awarded to the winners (spirit teams must pre-register to be eligible for prizes).

The Murray Half Marathon offers three races:  a 13.1 mile race, a 13.1 mile two-person relay race or a 5K run/walk.  Last year it brought more than 750 runners to Murray, raising $50,000 through sponsorships and entry fees.  All proceeds from the race support operations at the upcoming Anna Mae owen Residential Hospice House, which is currently under construction hoping to open this spring.  The facility will offer end-of-life care in a home-like setting to area residents.

For more information on registering as a volunteer or as a spirit team, contact Sean Stoneciper at skstonecip@murrayhospital.org or call 270.762.1831.  More race information may be found at www.murrayhalfmarathon.org.