Once again our community is gearing up to host the Edge-to-Edge Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay marathon next week – Sunday, June 8. Would you believe this is the 15th year? Nope, me either.
As with many of our local events – it would not be successful without some amazing volunteers. Some of our volunteers have been volunteering for the EtoE for almost 15 years. We truly value these dedicated locals, as they have become very knowledgeable assets to the race. Volunteers like Jan Smith who helps every year at the finish line giving medals to the finishers crossing the line.
Although presenting medals is a lot of fun – Jan also has a keen eye for anyone needing medical help and can direct them very quickly to assistance. “Its exciting to seem the same people come back to race, but its really exciting to see new runners experience the euphoria of crossing the finish line with a personal achievement! There is something incredible about being in the volunteer group brings us all together, and our spirit abounds! ” We truly appreciate Jan and her (and her dream team’s) dedication.
From our water station volunteers who come out in crazy costumes and extreme enthusiasm to our traffic volunteers who ensure the safety of our runners and cheer them on at the same time, everyone of our volunteers make a difference and without them this event would not happen.
This is also the very reason that we have returning runners year after year. They love the overwhelming welcoming, the enthusiasm and how everyone in our area supports the race. Our volunteers have fun, even if it’s raining! And how fantastic to be part of such a great event and ambassadors to our region! How many of you have collected many of the volunteer shirts? This year’s anniversary shirt is an awesome sublimated tech shirt with images celebrating the Wild Pacific Trail, and the new route. A must have for sure.
There are many tasks that we need assistance with, some that require very little time and those that require a bit more. No matter the effort, we appreciate any time you can give. If you can help with traffic, water stations, registration, setting up and tearing down of the start line and finish line, carbo-load, finish line food, finish line, equipment or first aid – then please call 250-726-4641, firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sandy Rantz at email@example.com.
We are still looking for a couple of nurses (with IV license) for the Finish line, please call if you can lend us a couple of hours. Thank you and we will see you at the finish line! Sue Payne is the executive director of the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce.