Welcome!! Belleville Main Street Marathon is delighted and grateful that YOU have chosen to join us this year as a Course Marshal as we celebrate being together again!
COURSE CHANGES FOR 2021:
Please note, because of COVID-19 guidelines in place during the planning stages for the 2021 race, the course was modified in a significant way to comply with those guidelines to allow for a safe event for participants/volunteers. The race begins and ends on Main Street between Illinois 159 and First Street and for the 2021 race, the course will primarily be held on the St. Clair County Transit District's paved biking/walking trail (MetroLink Trail). The course follows a T-shape on the MetroLink trail first towards SWIC/YMCA East and then to the Fairview Heights Metro Station. Please see the Belleville Marathon’s website for more details on the 2021 course.
SIGN UP CHANGES FOR 2021:
Due to the course changes and COVID precautions, volunteer sign-up for Course Marshal’s will be different this year. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please email [email protected] with questions.
The course has been divided into 3 sections:
Green Zone - Miles 1-12 (Metro trail from downtown area to YMCA East)
Orange Zone - Miles 12-25 (Metro Trail from downtown area to Fairview Heights Metro Station)
Yellow Zone - Miles 25-26.2 (Richland Creek Trail to Downtown)
Group Sign Up
Find a group of family or friends (2-4 people) and sign up as an Intersection Group in your preferred zone. The group concept will help with any necessary COVID precautions as well allow you to have fun with your friends on race day. You will be given your exact intersection location about a week before race day. Each person from the group will need to sign up individually with one member from each group signing up as the contact person for the intersection. This person will be responsible for checking in prior to the start of your shift (at 1st and Main downtown) as well as picking up race day materials and instructions to share with other members of your intersection. If you have a larger group, please let us know and we will find a place for your group as close together as possible.
Individual Sign Up
If you want to sign up as an individual, there are spots available in each zone. You will be placed at a location most needed. To sign up as an individual, just choose the zone you prefer and use the Individual Sign Up slot for that zone. This is located at the end of the sign up list.
COURSE MARSHAL INFORMATION:
Each Zone has an estimated time slot for those locations. These times are approximate and subject to change. It is very important that all intersections are covered before any runners arrive so please plan time to arrive early. You must remain at your location until released. More specific information will be provided closer to race day.
All course volunteers are incredibly valued and make all the difference for the runners! And each course volunteer is asked to be:
Part Safety Officer: Our first priority is to keep our runners safe! Please help keep the course free of debris and obstacles, and communicate any medical/safety concerns to your zone leader
Part Traffic Director: You will be positioned at an intersection or key points along the course. Vehicles may enter and depart roadways at these intersections. Your responsibility is to alert non-participants that runners are on the course. Vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians not associated with the marathon are not to enter the course for any reason (until the bicycle path is reached)! They may, however, cross the course per your instructions, when the area is clear of runners.
Part Guide: As soon as you see a runner, signal with your arms and voice which direction s/he is supposed to follow. If runners are to turn at your intersection, be extra-animated!
Part Cheerleader: 26.2 miles is a loooooong distance, and runners will appreciate your support and energy. And while we want you to take your responsibilities seriously, that doesn't mean you can't have fun while volunteering. You can bring cowbells (that's a real thing!), tambourines, or whatever noisemaker you have on hand. Get excited! Be creative! Some will "be in the zone" and may not respond, but be sure - they will appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement!
Use this link to learn about what it is like to be a Course Marshal from some past volunteers: https://www.facebook.com/bellevillemarathon/videos/514230685575974/