Bring Race Day to Life: Volunteer at this Year’s Ridge Run & Memorial Day Parade 

 By Davia Douglas  


It’s Memorial Day at 7:50 a.m. and I am standing on the step of the doors to Ridge Park. The first race of the day is about to start. Registration and Packet Pick Up has had their first wave of runners collecting their bib numbers, Ridge Run t-shirts, and safety pins. The sun has cast a ray across Team Town while the many groups are gathering for their pre-race stretches. The Mt. Greenwood Special Recreation Association participants are lining the runner refresh with bananas and apples donated by County Fair. Two of BAPA’s longtime supporters are in Gear Check making sure participant’s belongings are safe while they complete the race. I get a picture from one of our coarse marshals of the iconic water station at 106th and Longwood that shows their friends, family, and neighbors with all hands-on deck ready to serve our Ridge Run participants. Grace Kuikman taps me on the shoulder to confirm our beloved Betsy Ross is headed to 110th street to meet Carol Macola for the step-off of the Memorial Day Parade directly following the race.   

I am in total awe at the way this Beverly/Morgan Park community has come together for this annual event that brings people from all over the city to our beautiful neighborhood. The Ridge Run and the Memorial Day Parade would not be possible without the many hands of neighbors like you. I have worked with many volunteers in my previous career and there is nothing like those that show up for this event. Everyone is always so excited and willing to help wherever needed. It is almost that time again and we want to know if we can count you in.   

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities to choose from. We need help with putting flyers at the homes along the route the weeks before, helping with Packet Pick-Up at Running Excels days before the race, decorating the park, festival set-up, and on the date of the event: coarse marshals, helping at water stations, assisting with the Memorial Day Ceremony, and festival breakdown once the day’s activities are over.  

We need you! To sign-up is simple: just scan the QR code below, choose from the many roles available, and click submit. A member of our committee will then reach out and confirm we have you locked in, and closer to the date, we will connect to make sure things haven’t changed. Whether you are volunteering, marching, running, walking, or supporting with signs and flags along the route-we hope to see you there! 



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