Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee
Between 9,000-10,000 runners will descend on Folsom Auburn Road starting about 5 a.m. on Dec. 6 and, judging by past races, these anxious souls will have about 10,000 questions. (I always ask about the sweat-check area, first thing!).
So the city of Folsom today put out word that it needs 100 volunteers to
do the grunt work have the fabulous opportunity to help the marathoners before the race's start.
This year, the 90 buses will dump off runners at the newly-opened Folsom Lake Crossing, and somebody's got to be there to herd them to the right areas. Among the jobs for a start-line volunteer, according to a Folsom press release: "bus greeters, drop-off runner hosts, traffic control, start line set up/take down and event management." Oh, and you need to start work at 4:45 a.m. But, hey, you're done by 7:45 a.m.
What's in it for the volunteers?
A free technical T-shirt and, to quote the release, "a wonderful satisfaction knowing you are part of an army of over 2,000 volunteers that help over 9,000 runners achieve their fitness goals ..."
Seriously, folks: We couldn't have a race without volunteers. I thank them at every aid station -- if I'm still able to talk late in a race!
Here's an idea: If your spouse or mom or dad is running, volunteer at the start line and see them off, then after 7:45, you can still make it to the Capitol to cheer them at the finish.
To register to volunteer, click here or call (916) 355-7304.