Volunteers contributed to race day atmosphere

More than 1,200 volunteers dedicated their time to provide a great race experience for runners and walkers at the 2010 Williams Route 66 Marathon and related events.  Volunteers registered last-minute participants, staffed the packet pick-up area, set up the Health and Fitness Expo, served pasta, manned water and Gatorade stops, passed out medals and stayed late to clean up after the race, ensuring that Tulsa was just as it was before the 7:30 a.m. start time.

Health and Fitness Expo presenting sponsor St. John Health System provided volunteers to pass out the St. John Kids Club medals at the finish line to all children 16 and under in the races.

United Way employees volunteered at the finish line as well, as “Team Grundy,” in memory of United Way employee Randy Grundy.  Grundy lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.  He was an avid runner and a former organizer of the Williams Route 66 Marathon.

“I worked with Randy Grundy at Arvest and I wanted to celebrate him,” said Thamara Barthelus, a member of Team Grundy.  “I was supposed to run the first leg of the relay, but got injured.  The next best thing was to volunteer and cheer on my comrades.”

Many individuals volunteered at the race, as well as community groups like the Kiwanis Club, Boy Scout of America and Girl Scouts.  Cascia Hall students, teachers, cheerleaders and bands all volunteered near the Cascia Hall campus, which was a new addition to this year’s race course.  The Williams Route 66 races are all-volunteer events, so these generous community members provided the backbone of a great run.  All participants, race directors and sponsors genuinely appreciate the donation of time from each and every volunteer.

The first-even Volunteer Thank You Party on Tuesday, Nov. 23, will provide a fun atmosphere for volunteers to thank them for their hard work.  The party, held at the IDL Ballroom, requires a ticket that each volunteer received during their volunteer shift.  Volunteers from the Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon in August are also welcome to the party, but a ticket is still required.