While the El Paso Marathon races are on track to field their largest number of runners ever, fewer people have signed up to volunteer to help the non-profit El Paso Marathon Foundation put on the races.
“We’re pacing to have the best year yet,” said Mike Coulter, race director of the Michelob Ultra El Paso Marathon, TFCU Half Marathon and 5K, race officials announced Tuesday. “People are really excited about this year’s races, and they’re signing up in droves.”
With less than two weeks to go until the races, runner registrations are up 32% above last year. The past two years have seen more than 3,000 runners participate each year, marking the largest field since the races began in 2007.
Volunteers are most needed for the 2020 Visit El Paso Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, February 15, and for the races on Sunday, February 16, especially from 10:30 a.m. into the afternoon.
Runners must attend the expo to pick up their individual race number, as well as their commemorative race shirt.
Volunteers are asked to register online. Once signed up, volunteers receive a free race T-shirt in appreciation for chipping in, as well as an individualized code for $10 off the 2021 races.
Moreover, groups with the most volunteers receive special honor and recognition. Volunteers must be high school age or older.
The races begin in Downtown El Paso and finish at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas baseball team and El Paso Locomotive soccer club.
At the Expo, racers, spectators and running enthusiasts learn about the races, pick up race numbers, and visit various booths to learn about running, health and fitness.
“Thousands of runners, walkers and their families and friends attend the Expo every year,” organizers shared via a news release. “The El Paso Marathon races are organized by the El Paso Marathon Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to health and fitness that uses proceeds from the races to benefit select area charities.”
Proceeds from the races are donated to area charities every year. Since the first marathon 12 years ago, more than $270,00 has been raised for local El Paso-area charities.
People interested in running, volunteering, or sponsoring can go to the marathon website for more information.