How to Volunteer

Beginning in February and March of each year we  have sign up sheets available for that year's Marathon activities.  Below is a list of teams that make up our Second Wind Ministry.

  • Expo Shift Leaders

    Serve at the Runners' Expo on the Friday or Saturday before Marathon.  The shifts are three hours each.   Volunteers prepare baby pancakes to hand out along with packets of pancake mix and information inviting runners and their families to the Blessing of the Shoes service on Saturday evening of Marathon weekend and to the Pancake Breakfast in Harris Hall on Marathon morning.  Many visitors to the First Church Booth commented that getting our mini pancakes was the highlight of the Expo for them, and Marathon wouldn't be the same without this tradition!

  • Greeters

    Stand at the entrances to the First Church activity areas to provide a friendly greeting, direct guests to venues such as Harris Hall and bathrooms, and answer any questions a guest might have.  

  • Kitchen/Cooking line/Serving line

    There are two shifts per position.


    Kitchen volunteers help with the prep and clean up in the kitchen area.


    The cooking line operates the grills and flips the pancakes.


    The serving line makes sure every person gets a plate with pancakes and sausage.


  • Dining Room

    Assist guests with seating and provide directions as needed, monitor clean up, and maintain the general flow of guest activities from serving line to exit.

  • Kids Area

    Lend a hand in helping kids have fun with multiple activities in the kids area.  The children and their families can have fun in bounce houses, win candy in the "cake walk", enjoy face painting and tattoos.

  • facilities

    Monitor the various activity venues, such as Harris Hall and bathrooms, to make sure all is clean and welcoming for our guests; pick up trash, clean up spills, etc.

  • other areas

    Course Marshals:  While not a First Church Marathon activity, volunteers for this area may sign up here at First Church; we work closely with the head of the course marshals to get volunteers on his list.


    Security:  This is reserved for those who have worked in this capacity in the past here at First Church.  If you are interested in volunteering as security detail for the Marathon, please contact Sarah Baumann at 239-6493 for more details.