2017-02-16 / Family
A rush to volunteer
According to race organizer Jodi Regan, it takes about 500 teen and adult volunteers to pull off the Dole Great Race, a multifaceted event that has become a must for runners throughout California and beyond, as well as a favorite for families who want to participate in races and celebrate the good life at the after-party expo at Chumash Park.
The Dole Great Race was established in 1986 by a group of parents that wanted to raise funds for Agoura Hills and Oak Park elementary schools. Since then, it has grown into a professional race produced by Endurance Events. It is one of the largest running events in the Los Angeles area and often draws runners from around the state and nation.
Regan suggests that students sign up as volunteers with friends and earn community service hours.
“This is a preapproved service learning opportunity for Las Virgenes Unified School District,” Regan said. Some of the jobs include handing out registration packets, setting up and tearing down the expo, and manning checkpoints along five race routes.
The six races include something for everybody. There are two half-marathons, a 10K and a 5K race, a one miler and a Family Fun Run.
“The Great Race Old Agoura 10K is ranked by Runner’s World as one of the top 10Ks in the country,” Regan said. “The post-race party and the event as a whole have consistently, year after year, been voted L.A.’s Choice by Active.com, Runner’s World magazine and Los Angeles Sports and Fitness Magazine. Both the Chesebro Half Marathon and Pacific Half Marathon were named Best Half Marathon in the Nation at Best of Active.com Awards.”
Thousands of people participate in the race each year, some traveling from all over the world. Participants enjoy running through the “beautiful Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area,” Regan said.