Happy Holidays! My name is Gabriela Guerrini and I am the new volunteer coordinator for the 2013 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon. Last year, I ran my first half marathon and benefited from the experience so much, I decided to take on a larger role in helping the marathon succeed. I am captivated by the energy the marathon brings to Modesto, in addition to the amount of people we see running and walking in town, it is inspiring. If you’ve run a race or have volunteered at one, you know the excitement it generates and it is contagious – I love being a part of it.
It definitely takes a village to put on, so I am grateful for each and every person that gives their time to lend a hand. As you may know, it takes about 700 volunteers to make the marathon successful, so we have a big task ahead of us. I have plenty of spots for everyone, including many opportunities other than the day of the race, if you are interested in volunteering and running, I have a spot for you. I am getting all my ducks in a row and will be getting back to all our volunteers this January.
This December the committee started a drawing for our volunteers. We picked three names from our list of volunteers to give away fun schwag and gift certificates to three lucky volunteers. Help me congratulate Kristy Oden, Verlee Gale & Vicky King. These lovely ladies won a Modesto marathon shopping bag, t-shirt and $25 gift certificate to Envy Fine Clothes in McHenry Village! We will be drawing more names each month until the marathon. Be on the lookout for an email from me – you could be the next winner! Thanks again for volunteering. May the New Year bring you much health and happiness!