WHEELING — Water stations were not in short supply Saturday during the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic.
Each station was lively with volunteers giving water and much-needed encouragement to runners of the half marathon. The Wheeling Children’s Home set up a water station at the top of Big Wheeling Hill, as their supervisor, Chad Wingrove, began in his fourth year as a volunteer.
“The Children’s Home does it every year, and the guys really like it,” Wingrove said. “It’s a great way for us to help the community.”
A little farther down the hill, the Weirton New Life Church manned a water station. Chad Hamm, a member of the church, said he enjoyed his experience.
“It’s been a joy to do this,” he said. “The only problem we ever have is not having enough volunteers to direct traffic.”
He has been volunteering off and on during the race for the past couple of years.
“Everyone just jumps in a does it, and we have volunteers from ages 75 and down,” Hamm said.
Standing along National Road, Hamm made sure to greet every runner he saw with a wave and words of encouragement.
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