Saturday, 08 December 2018 21:01

Volunteers help runners overcome the cold during Millinocket Marathon Featured

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MILLINOCKET - Thousands of runners overcame the freezing temperatures today for the fourth annual Millinocket Marathon. They were assisted by the many volunteers who lined the course.

Racers battled through the bitter cold Saturday morning, but had some help along the way.

 

"We're able to talk to people while they're racing and ring our bells and get these guys pumped up," said volunteer Timber Tina Scheer.

 

These volunteers come from near and far to hand out water, food and other race essentials.

 

"It makes you feel great," said volunteer Stephen Bailey. "It's wonderful to be able to give back. We bought a house here 11 years ago and watched this community revitalize over the last decade so we do what we can to help out and it feels good."

 

The marathon began in 2015 to give Millinocket a boost in business and tourism. It continues to grow each year.

 

"All of us have rented hotels for two nights," said Scheer. "We're eating out, we're going out dancing and things like that and spending a lot of money up here and buying Christmas presents, so it's perfect."

 

The personalized water stations are a big help for the runners, and not just because it keeps them hydrated.

 

"When you're out there and it's cold, if you come around the corner and you see people up ahead ringing bells and stuff it puts a little spark in your step," said Scheer.

 

For many runners, that encouragement helped. The volunteers are just happy to share a piece of their home with others.

 

"There's a heart here," said volunteer Janemary Frost. "There's this big heart that's just bursting and everybody's getting a piece of that feeling of compassion and connectedness."

Alex Bobbyn

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Alex Bobbyn joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 news team in July of 2018.

He is a graduate of Penn State University, where he studied broadcast journalism and economics. While at Penn State, Alex served as the general manager of the schools w...