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Sports teams and groups recruited as extra volunteers for Sunday’s race

Long after the Colin Fewers and Lisa Harveys have crossed the finish line in Sunday’s Telegram 10-Mile Road Race, a string of participants will follow them down Bannerman Rd. over the next hour or two.

George Stanoev

This year, those non-elite competitors and people walking the course will be met with an even greater volunteer force.

“We have a lot participants with different abilities,” explains Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association technical director and Tely 10 race official George Stanoev. “Some are competitive runners and are moving fairly fast, where some are recreational or just participating, presumably walking.

“We want to make sure they have as much right on the road as the elite runners.”

In recent years, the Tely has typically required 200 to 250 volunteers.

This year, to meet a need to have every barricade at every intersection and small street manned, the committee enlisted 80 more individuals.

To fill the need, teams from basketball, rugby, baseball and the Memorial University cheerleading squad signed on.

“We want to make sure they have as much right on the road as the elite runners.” George Stanoev

With the need for more volunteers being predicated by the event’s growing popularity, Stanoev expects an even greater force will be required in 2011.

“We’re hoping to expand further and attract 300 to 350 volunteers. That’s the goal.”

Stanoev suggests teams, groups or even small businesses have a coach or leader contact the NLAA, but cautions to do so early.

“Don’t wait until the weeks leading up to the race because most of the teams are already in place,” he says. “We have duties for each team and they have to know and be trained for what’s happening.”

Interested groups for next year can contact the NLAA or visit nlaa.ca for more information.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association

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