• Pacific Grove Comes Out in Force with Volunteer Services for Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

    Pacific Grove will be well represented, both with runners and volunteers, in this weekend’s Half Marathon on Monterey Bay.  In addition to the 184 residents participating in either Sunday’s Half Marathon on Monterey Bay or Saturday’s 5K and 3K races, more than 300 residents are involved with key roles in staging the event.

                   More than a dozen Pacific Grove non-profits are assisting with jobs ranging from intersection guards to aid station volunteers to the race’s greening efforts and more.  New groups such as the Friends of the Library, the Pacific Grove Middle School Music Boosters and Monterey Peninsula Voices will be replacing former DLI volunteers on the PG section of the course to stand along Ocean View and Sunset Avenue to cheer on the runners and provide a human presence at each street barricade.

    Pacific Grove scout troops will be also be helping in various ways.  Troop 90 will provide support at three water and aid stations and Troop 126 will be onsite at the $5 Pancake Breakfast organized by Pacific Grove Kiwanis at the Lovers Point on Saturday morning. (The Pancake Breakfast is open to all so come down to support the scout troop!).  Girl Scout Troop 30626 is assisting with the distribution of awards at the race finish in Monterey.

    Another new hometown addition this year is the presence of elementary school children and their parents cheering on the runners in downtown Pacific Grove.  Typically a quiet area on Sunday morning, students from Robert Down and Forest Grove schools will bring excitement to downtown by serving as enthusiastic fans and serenading the runners with the two school choruses.

    The Pacific Grove-based groups that are involved in this year’s race are:  PG Volunteer Fire Fighters, PG Police Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association, Friends of the Library, Pacific Grove Kiwanis, PG Middle School Music Boosters, PG High School Track, Cross Country and Wrestling Teams, Monterey Peninsula Voices, Wednesday Night Laundry Runners, Scout Troops 126, 90 and 30626.  In addition, many Pacific Grove residents are involved as volunteers with the race though other non-Pacific Grove based charity groups.

    Organized by the non-profit Big Sur International Marathon, the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay provides grant funding to non-profits that assist with race operations. Approximately $65,000 is distributed from Half Marathon proceeds annually.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 30, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports


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