Volunteers needed for Santa Clarita Marathon
Cory Alexander Haywood OW Contributor | 10/12/2018, midnight
The city of Santa Clarita is seeking volunteers for the 2018 Santa Clarita Marathon, presented by Parkway Motorcars, scheduled Nov. 3-4. The 23rd annual event will include a 5K race, 10K race and Mayor’s Walk on Saturday, Nov. 3, followed by a Half Marathon and Marathon on Nov. 4. An all new Kids Fitness Challenge will take place on Nov. 3.
The weekend will begin on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Santa Clarita Health and Fitness Expo, presented by Boston Scientific. While the expo officially opens to the public on Saturday, runners can pick up their bibs and their official race shirt beginning Friday, from 4 to 9 p.m. The expo will be held in the northern parking lot at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, near Chick-Fil-A. At the expo visitors can connect with various health and fitness vendors on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.
On Nov. 3, runners from near and far will take to the streets of Santa Clarita for the 5K race and the new 10K race, presented by Boston Scientific, as well as the Mayor’s Walk, presented by Henry Mayo Fitness and Health. The next morning, runners will compete in either the marathon or half marathon, presented by Parkway Motorcars.
During the expo on Nov. 3, parents will be able to purchase an all-day pass for their child to participate in the new Kids Fitness Challenge, presented by Kaiser Permanente. The Kids Challenge is an inflatable obstacle course for children to navigate. An all-day pass is $10 per child and free T-shirts will be distributed with the first 300 Kids Fitness Challenge passes sold. Passes may be purchased at the expo site, beginning at 8 a.m. on Nov. 3.
Online registration for races is ongoing until Sunday, Oct. 28, while in-person registration will be available during the Health and Fitness Expo only. Runners will not be able to register the morning of any race.
Volunteers are need for both race days, and there is a need for water station workers, course monitors to direct runners along the course and zone captains to oversee course monitors. The deadline to register as a volunteer is Sunday, Oct. 21. To learn more about the responsibilities of each position and to register as a volunteer, visit SantaClaritaVolunteers.com.
The public is encouraged to cheer on runners at various points along the course both days. Street closures and times will be announced once they are confirmed. In the meantime, Santa Clarita residents can familiarize themselves with course maps online.
For questions regarding volunteering, call (661) 250-3708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Santa Clarita Marathon and register for a race, visit SCMarathon.org.