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Gran Fondo Seeking Volunteers to Marshal and Cheer on Cyclists

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The event is looking for some extra hands for set-up and dismantling.

The Gran Fondo Lake Huron is just over two-weeks away and organizers are hoping to secure a few more volunteers for the August 18 event in Southampton. 

Chair for the cycling event Jonna Ebel, says they're looking for some extra hands with marshalling; as well as setting up and dismantling.

Ebel says if students need volunteer hours for school, they could actually bike in the Fondo and earn volunteer hours.

 "We need some really good, young healthy eyes, to spot numbers as they (cyclist) approach the finish line and feed the finish line announcer with information."

She says if students bring their volunteer forms she will be happy to sign them and points out the Gran Fondo is a charity event for Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation and just participating in the charity event will give one community service hours.

She's also hoping that if you can't commit to volunteering or biking in the event there is always a need for cheering sections along the route and encourages people to cheer on riders at difficult parts of the route, such as steep hills or the finish-line.

A change to the route has occurred and it now involves the recently paved section of the RailTrail in Port Elgin, which she says will need safety marshals.

"The entire idea behind using the RailTrail is to avoid going to the Burgoyne corner, so we were happy to get the support of the Municipality and the Saugeen RailTrail Association ," says Ebel. 

She says marshals will be stationed at intersections along the RailTrail to help cyclist along the newly paved trail to encourage them to follow the proper rules of the road. 

One can sign-up to volunteer by contacting Jonna Ebel 519-389-2137 or online via the Gran Fondo Website.

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