With only two weeks until 47,000 runners cross the start line of the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, the demand for volunteers remains and the registration deadline extended to Oct. 25.
Nancy Lipsey, the Volunteer and Community Outreach Senior Manager for the New York Road Runners, who organized the annual marathon has called on the Adventist Youth Ministries Department of the Atlantic Union Conference to help fill the need for an additional 4,000 more volunteers, for a total of 12,000.
In an email sent on Oct. 12, Pastor Jose Cortes, Jr., the Conference's Youth Ministries Director, urged youth and young adults "to register as volunteers and bless New York City one more time." Volunteers, ages 18 and older, are needed at the start and finish line. Pathfinder groups, ages 18 and younger, are needed in the fluid stations.
According to Cortes, hundreds of youth, young adults, Pathfinders, and adults from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have already registered.
The Conference has participated in the marathon annually since 2011, but the race was cancelled in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy and volunteers decided to help with the relief efforts in the Rockaways.
The marathon begins at 9:00 a.m. EST.