1,000+ volunteers keep Marathon Classic moving - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

1,000+ volunteers keep Marathon Classic moving

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Large fire damages three vacant homes

    Large fire damages three vacant homes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:42:00 GMT
    Toledo firefighters are investigating the cause of a large fire Thursday morning that damaged three vacant homes.  The flames broke out around 2:00 a.m. in the 1000 block of Harding Drive near South Hawley.  Witnesses say flames broke out at one home and then quickly spread to houses on both sides.  No injuries were reported.
    Toledo firefighters are investigating the cause of a large fire Thursday morning that damaged three vacant homes.  The flames broke out around 2:00 a.m. in the 1000 block of Harding Drive near South Hawley.  Witnesses say flames broke out at one home and then quickly spread to houses on both sides.  No injuries were reported.
  • Breaking News

    Collingwood deadly shooting

    Collingwood deadly shooting

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:14 AM EDT2014-07-24 09:14:48 GMT
    Toledo police confirm a man was shot and killed around 3:00 AM on the 2900 hundred block of Collingwood near Nottingham Terrace, just south of Central. At this point, investigators are releasing very little info, but do confirm that neighbors called police after hearing gunshots. Police blocked off Collingwood in both directions .Detectives say there are no suspects. Stay with 13abc for the latest developments throughout the day.
    Toledo police confirm a man was shot and killed around 3:00 AM on the 2900 hundred block of Collingwood near Nottingham Terrace, just south of Central. At this point, investigators are releasing very little info, but do confirm that neighbors called police after hearing gunshots. Police blocked off Collingwood in both directions .Detectives say there are no suspects. Stay with 13abc for the latest developments throughout the day.
  • City hosting East Toledo clean-up on Thursday

    City hosting East Toledo clean-up on Thursday

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:36:47 GMT
    An old, abandoned, overgrown factory field near Milroy Street is changing for the better day by day. Neighbors got city permission to start cleaning up the field after a Toledo worker mowed the lawn last Friday. Since then they've been cutting weeds, hauling trash and peeling metal off an old work trailer. They would like to see it completely cleared out."The neighbors were out, and talked to the city and they said we'll tell you what: we'll come back, we'll clean some more up," says East T...
    An old, abandoned, overgrown factory field near Milroy Street is changing for the better day by day. Neighbors got city permission to start cleaning up the field after a Toledo worker mowed the lawn last Friday. Since then they've been cutting weeds, hauling trash and peeling metal off an old work trailer. They would like to see it completely cleared out."The neighbors were out, and talked to the city and they said we'll tell you what: we'll come back, we'll clean some more up," says East T...