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Delaware & Lehigh - Volunteers Needed for D&L Marathon/Half-Marathon

Volunteers are needed for the inaugural Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon and Half-Marathon runs being held on the D&L Trail in Northampton, Lehigh and Carbon counties on October 23. The event is being organized by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor with assistance from Rodale Press and Endurance Multisport.

People are needed to set up the start and finish areas in Northampton Borough and Lehigh Gap; register runners and distribute race packets; distribute drinks and fruit before the race, staff nine water stations along the race route; serve as course marshals; distribute food following the race; and clean up the finish area at the end of the race.  There are some pre-race opportunities as well.

Volunteer responsibilities begin as early as 6 a.m. at the start area and some jobs end around 3 p.m. at the finish line.  Post-race take down is expected to conclude no later than 5 p.m. The races begin at 9 a.m.  Organizers are looking for individuals, clubs, and school and Scout groups to volunteer. Students and Scouts can receive community service hours by helping. All volunteers receive a T-shirt.

Interested persons can volunteer online at or contact Loretta Susen at [email protected] or 610-923-3548, ex 221.

Proceeds from this event will sustain the D&L Trail.  The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor fosters stewardship of historical, cultural and natural resources along the early canal and railroad systems that carried anthracite coal from mine to market in eastern Pennsylvania