MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
For the second year in a row, Marines volunteered their time to support, cheer on and refresh runners participating in the fourth annual Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon and half-marathon Saturday. Another group supported the Mardi Gras street festival and the Regions Bike Race, which was held in downtown Albany.
Nearly 100 Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Detachment 2, Supply Company, 4th Supply Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, answered the call for volunteers to support what was reported as the largest tourism event in Albany, Ga. The event was hosted by the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Runners nearing the critical half-way point of the 26.2-mile journey were greeted by approximately two dozen MCLB Albany Marines gathered to help make the remaining miles easier for hundreds of marathoners.
The runners were greeted by a static display consisting of two Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement vehicles, a Humvee and much needed water, Gatorade, energy bars and fruit.
“The marathon depends on hundreds of volunteers every year to make the weekend activities a success. It is a big event that requires a lot of volunteers and the Marines always come through for us,” said Lisa Riddle, director, Albany, Ga., CVB.“One of the biggest compliments we get each year is the community support.”
“The money raised from the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon will go to a good cause, The Wilson Hospice House of Albany, an 18-bed facility allowing those with terminal illnesses to end their life with dignity. This year, the event is dedicated to Sara Underdown, affectionately remembered as Albany’s biggest cheerleader who was instrumental in bringing this event to Albany four years ago,” Riddle said.
Capt. Charles Johnston, company commander, Headquarters and Support Company, MCLB Albany, said, “This is a great opportunity for us to get out into the community and support a major event. We have done this for a couple of years and the Marines really enjoy it. It’s a fun event where they can joke around with the runners and support them in their marathon endeavors.”
Sgt. Romaine Mullings, operations clerk, Military Operations and Train-ing Branch, Operations and Training Division, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, said he likes to volunteer for events like the marathon.
“I like to run and even though I did not participate in the marathon, I enjoyed watching the runners. This is my second year and is a way to show my support. It was fun to cheer on the runners and hand out water to help refresh them as they went by.” Another Marine, who is a regular volunteer at many events, Cpl. Henry Figueroa, passenger travel noncommissioned officer in charge, Traffic Management Office, Logistics Support Division, MCLB Albany, said, “I like giving back to the community and getting involved anywhere that I can, because it helps bring the Marine Corps to life when we’re out here. This is a good event and I like supporting the Albany community.” Sgt. David Gutierrez, company clerk, H & S Co., said, “I volunteered because my military occupational specialty is motor transport, and I loved driving the MTVR to the event. Being here in Albany does not afford me the opportunity to drive it often, and I wanted to help out with the runners again this year.”