Turkey rut in search of volunteers

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WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WSAW) – The United Way of Marathon County is seeking volunteers for the Turkey Trot 5-K 2021, which hits the streets again.

The last time they held the race in person was in 2019. That year they had just under a hundred volunteers. About 50 were out on race day, helping set up, handing out packages and serving as marshals to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy.

“A big staple food for us every year is from the Girl Scouts. They do the irrigation station halfway. About that 1.5 mile mark, the Girl Scouts are out there cheering people on, and then they have refreshments for the runner, ”said Ben Lee, UWMC director of Community Impact.

There is also plenty to do in the weeks leading up to the day. The UWMC is now looking for people to organize and chip the start numbers. They will also soon get all of the printed t-shirts that need to be organized and they will have to cram all the pick-up packages for the expected 2000 runners.

One hundred percent of the registration money for the race goes to the Marathon County Hunger Coalition. They buy and distribute food to those in need.

“One of the great things we do is buy a pantry every month where we use money from the Turkey Trot last year to buy between four and six thousand dollars of basic groceries that we hold in pantries in the throughout the district marathon, ”said Lee.

They also have a farm-to-family program bringing fresh produce to families and cooking classes to show families how to use the ingredients they receive.

Anyone with questions can email Ben Lee at [email protected] or Elizabeth Robinson at [email protected]

Click here to be connected to the volunteer login page.

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