I always have fun volunteering to work with to be a member of the Pecan City Pedalers Bicycle Brigade. I have volunteered to marshall the top finishing positions for male and female marathon runners for several years.
Every year that I have volunteered to help with this event I regret not taking my GoPro along so that I can share what I am seeing during the event. Most major sporting events today are televised. Community marathons are events that do not make for easy television viewing. Even if you are not participating in the event it is very hard to watch the event with the exception of the start and the finish. Ironically I have never been at the starting line of the event and I have never been to the finish line during the event. What I have experienced is what very few have seen and that watching the elite runners between mile 4 to about 1/4 mile from the finish line. During this year’s event, I decided to share some of my perspectives on being a bike marshal to support this marathon.
The main purpose for a bike marshal for the Snickers Marathon is to provide an escort for the second and third place runners for the men’s division and for the first, second and third place in the women’s division. The first place in the men’s division is directly behind a City of Albany Police car. The way the course is set up is that all runners start at the same time next to the Albany Convention Center at the intersection of Front Street and Oglethorpe Boulevard. Those runners who are running the full marathon make a right turn at Oglethorpe and run east across the Flint River and through the Albany State University campus. The runners doing the half marathon turn left on Oglethorpe and run towards the east. I have always escorted the full marathon runners.