Volunteers help make marathon a success

A lot of effort went on behind the scenes during Saturday's Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More for 200-plus volunteers. Hundreds of gallons of water, chocolate milk and Gatorade distributed, traffic directed, signs put in place, roadways painted and pancakes flipped by the do-good citizens of Bingham County in an effort to make the marathon run smoothly did not go unnoticed.
Youth volunteers from Blackfoot Bingham County Youth Coalition handed out cups of water near the Rose area of the runs. The Shelley Russet and the BHS Bronco mascots cheered on the runners. Volunteers from the College of Massage Therapy at Bingham Memorial Hospital gave massages to tired muscles. Rep[resentatives of The Community Dinner Table served breakfast items of pancakes, eggs, peanut butter, milk and juice for runners and spectators alike. The list could go on and on.
"In some ways we were totally caught off guard by the numbers that came out," race director Jon Lyksett said of a post-event blog.  "The course was pretty well covered with volunteers helping folks on their way."
Lyksett said the event drew over 500 participants in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K runs as well as the Sprout Run.
"The event went off well, and there were a lot of smiling faces at the finish, once they caught their breath," Lyksett said.
As in most first-time events, there were a few glitches and hiccups along the way. One was a delay in getting results posted because of computer problems.
Despite the problems, five people have already registered for next year's event, scheduled on May 18, 2013.