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Tips for JFK 50-mile marathon volunteers

November 21, 2002|by KEVIN CLAPP

  • Layer it up.

    Mother Nature is predictable only in her unpredictability, so wear several layers of clothing to shed or pile on as conditions warrant.

  • Brave the early hour for the start ...

    Spinnler suggests wiping sleepy dust out of eyes to check out the race beginning in downtown Boonsboro.

    "It's a very special thing about to unwind," he says, paraphrasing a description he once read of pre-race anticipation. "It's hard to imagine anything else is going on in the world."

  • ... And hang around for the finish



Watching runners conquer this 50-mile endurance test of strength can become an uplifting, festive experience as music blares and road weary finishers trudge the last few feet at Springfield Middle School in Williamsport.

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Spinnler says the triumphant feeling of watching a runner conquer the course can not be beat, and there is a unique opportunity to visit with finishers to hear their stories.

"You walk away buzzing," Spinnler says.

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