FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grandma's Marathon Volunteer Of The Year
(Duluth, Minn.) Grandma's Marathon has announced its 2010 Volunteer of the
Year. Longtime course entertainer John Herbertz received the award at the
organization's volunteer appreciation event last night.
Every year since 1995, Herbertz has been stationed at mile 18, entertaining
runners as they make their way past the Brighton Beach area. He has dressed
up as many different characters including "The Dip In The Road", Santa
Claus, Jesse Ventura, Shrek, and a penguin with happy feet.
Possibly his most famous costume came about three years after he began
volunteering, when he dressed up as "The Jolly Rancher" and handed out
Jolly Ranchers to runners as they ran by. Passing out Jolly Ranchers –
nearly 4,500 of them – along with jumping on a small trampoline, playing a
boom box and wearing bright lime green socks have become mainstays in
John's act each year.
"I go for laughs because I know at mile 18, most runners don't have much to
laugh about. It's definitely a hard part in the race. So, with a laugh,
some music and a Jolly Rancher, we send them on their way. I have the time
of my life," said Herbertz.
The Grandma's Marathon Volunteer of the Year Award is given annually to an
individual or group of individuals who have donated a tremendous amount of
time volunteering for Grandma's Marathon and in doing so have assisted in
the smooth and successful operation of the event.
For more information, visit www.GrandmasMarathon.com or call (218) 727-0947