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Marathon Volunteers Still Needed in Pilsen, West Loop

By Stephanie Lulay | October 6, 2014 8:13am
 The 2014 Chicago Marathon is Sunday.
The 2014 Chicago Marathon is Sunday.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — Volunteer Chicago Marathon course marshals are still needed in a handful of Near West Side neighborhoods.

Prospective volunteers can still apply to help out during the race Sunday in Pilsen and the West Loop. While course marshal opportunities in most of the city's 11 neighborhoods are closed, volunteers are also needed in the South Loop and Chinatown, according to the marathon website.

Course marshals are stationed along the marathon route to keep the course clear of any spectators, pedestrians, bikes and cars to ensure wheelchair athletes and runners aren't interfered with.

Those interested in volunteering can apply online. Preference is given to residents who live in the neighborhood in which they wish to assist, according to race organizers.

Volunteers must:

• Be 18 or older

• Be able to stand for at least four hours on race day

• Be knowledgeable about local streets and their neighborhood

Volunteer course marshals will meet at Kristoffer's Cafe, 1733 S. Halsted St., in Pilsen and at Fairlife, 1001 W. Adams St., in the West Loop. Volunteer check-in times depend by location.

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