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Missoula Marathon aid station

Volunteers are still needed for next Sunday's Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon.

Tony Banovich, executive director of Run Wild Missoula, said the hosts are still hoping to add about another 100 volunteers between now and race day. That's a slightly higher need than at this point last year, but Banovich said it's not unusual to still have a large demand for volunteers in the final week before the run.

About 800 people volunteered for the marathon last year.

The biggest need is for monitors, who are spread out along the course to make sure vehicles don't accidentally get onto the course and in the way of runners, and to make sure runners stay on the route.

The other need right now is for people to work at aid stations along the course, Banovich said, especially the early stations near the start line.

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"They are there to hand out water and Gatorade, and they are finished relatively early in the day," Banovich said.

He said that every year the marathon gives T-shirts to volunteers and hosts a free celebration for them during a Missoula Osprey game, which is scheduled July 22 this year.

"It all helps us to make sure that the marathon is a success," Banovich said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit missoulamarathon.org for more information or to sign up.

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