Print this story

The LHRR Volunteers...The behind the scene folks....

POSTED June 06, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

You may not notice them in the heat of your 7.1 mile on Sunday at the 37 Annual Litchfield Hill Road Race but trust me, they are there and they are making sure all you have to worry about is enjoying (?) your race.

This type of event doesn't run with any of the clockwork precision it does without the mass of volunteers who arrive early, stay late and don't pick up any medals at the end of the day.

What they do get is the satisfaction of being part of something so much bigger than themselves.

They help organize and pull off the biggest running event in Litchfield County and enjoy every minute of it.

So as you make your way around the great course on Sunday afternoon, look to your left and to your right. Chances are, there will be a volunteer making sure you and you fellow runners and walkers are getting the most out of this tremendous day.

Here is info from the LHRR Committee on what you can do to help if you so wish.

Have you always wanted to be a part of the race, but not really a runner? Then volunteer! The LHRR is always in search of a few good people. And speaking of good people, we have some of the best volunteers anywhere!

The Barricade Brigade consists of a great bunch of people who donate their time for the entire weekend. Saturday before the race, these folks meet to load up trucks and trailers with the barricades, which are then set up on Sunday at various places throughout the race course. Of course, after the race, all the barricades have to be loaded back up on the trucks and trailers and stored away for next year. Whew!

Marshals are scattered throughout the course, watching for spectators crossing the street, keeping an eye on runners and reporting any concerns to our medical crew and of course making sure that everyone is headed in the right direction!

We’ve had some hot and humid race days in the past and the Water Crew keep our runners hydrated and cool. These dedicated volunteers stand at the water stations throughout the course and hand out cups of water to the runners.

So if you think you may be interested in learning a little more about being a LHRR volunteer, please contact us by emailing our volunteer coordinator extraordinaire, Jenny Field.

We can answer your questions and, on the second Sunday in June, you may find yourself at the heart of the action, wearing one of our Official Marshal T-shirts, a memento for you to keep forever!

The LHRR would also like to acknowledge the incredible medical personnel who work the race and our local area fire and departments. These folks donate their time to ensure the safety of all the runners and do one heck of a job.

For more from Timothy W. Gaffney click here