Volunteers Needed for Road Race

This Year’s SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk is April 2

Runners approach the finish line during the 20th SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk in April 2013.

Runners approach the finish line during the 20th SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk in April 2013.

With the 23rd SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk coming up in the beginning of April, we’re putting out a call for volunteers.

This awesome race, which benefits Operation Santa Claus, couldn’t happen without the efforts of our volunteers. That doesn’t just include the race day volunteers; members of the Road Race Committee spend months planning the event down to the smallest detail. Jennifer Day, the chair of the committee, said more help is always welcome in the planning process.

“The committee is looking for interested individuals to join the committee,” she said. “We meet the second Tuesday of the each month from September through March. That’s only an hour a month! We’d love to have more input.”

Race day volunteers are also needed each year. The volunteer crew includes a mix of students, Road Race Committee members and SEA members, many of whom come back year after year. Chapter 1 member Carol Beaudoin is one of those members.

“It’s a worthy cause,” Beaudoin said. “I like the camaraderie and the people I volunteer with. I’ll do any job I’m asked to do.”

For the last few years, Beaudoin has joined other Operation Santa Claus volunteers helping out before the race. She said she likes to get out and see the runners in action, too.

“I like to see them start, I like to be out there when they’re lined up, raring to go,” she said. “I usually manage to get out there when they’re coming in and cheer them on.”

Diane Blodgett is another member who’s volunteered for many years on race day.

“I originally started helping with the road race because I was the chair of Operation Santa Claus, and it made sense for me to be there,” Blodgett said. “I just stuck with it because it’s fun.”

Blodgett said she likes that the race is a family-oriented event, and said she’d brought her children to help in the past. Regardless of age or ability, she said volunteering is a way to get involved and help out.

“Even if you’re not able to run, you can take part by volunteering to hold a flag, help with food or check-ins,” she said. “There’s always something that needs to be done by somebody.”

If you’d like to help the Road Race Committee or want to volunteer on race day, you can email Jennifer Day at Jennifer.Day@des.nh.gov. This year’s SEA 5K is set for Saturday, April 2. You can find more information and sign up at www.seiu1984.org/sea_5k.

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