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1,000+ volunteers keep Marathon Classic moving

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For the last twenty-five years, the ninth hole has been Ron Reynolds' post.   The Columbus volunteer faithfully drives up year after year to lend a hand.  His main task is to keep the crowd quiet while a golfer is on the course, but Ron says he continues to come back because of his love for the game.

"I worked in the tournament when I lived here in Toledo and I've started taking a week vacation every year to come back," he tells 13abc.  "It's one of the best things I do all year."

From getting the players signed up, to running shuttles and keeping score, the impact of the more than 1,000 tournament volunteers is visible everywhere you look.

"Anywhere you see a blue shirt and khaki pants, that's a volunteer," says Carol Gibbs, the Volunteer Tournament Chairman  "The excitement for marathon is very apparent this year, and I think it's helping a lot."

Many of the recruits come from local golf groups, community organizations and Rotary Clubs.   Volunteers will often invite their friends to help out, and end up making new ones along the way.

"I'm working with the same people year after year after year. And that might be the only time all year long that you see those people," says Michael Christman, who's volunteered at the tournament for the last 25 years.

Lynda Dolgin-Duda not only volunteers, but also opens her home to golfers.   She housed a young player last year, and gladly welcomed her back.

"We stayed in contact and she asked again if she could stay again this year. And we said we're more than happy to accommodate you and her caddy is staying with us too.  We're having a nice time."

The countless volunteer tasks keep the tournament on track.

"We couldn't run a successful tournament without our volunteers," says Gibbs.

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