Volunteers sought for Hinson Lake 24-hour race

By Kevin Spradlin
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ROCKINGHAM — Jerry Lindstrand, race director for the ninth annual Hinson Lake 24-Hour Ultra Classic, let in everyone on the waiting list after hitting his head on a rock in July.

Now his wife has to figure out how to keep everyone’s time.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com There were several available volunteer spots as of 8 p.m. Friday, only 12 hours before the start of the ninth annual Hinson Lake 24-Hour Ultra Classic in Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
There were several available volunteer spots as of 8 p.m. Friday, only 12 hours before the start of the ninth annual Hinson Lake 24-Hour Ultra Classic in Rockingham.

Connie Lindstrand is in charge of what will be the small army of volunteers required to help keep track of each runner’s 1.5032-mile loop around Hinson Lake. The most critical need will be the first four hours of the race, which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, though that shift appeared to be covered as of 8 p.m. Friday.

Still, Lindstrand isn’t likely to turn away volunteers — at any point between 8 a.m. Saturday and the race’s finish at 8 a.m. Sunday. A total of 354 runners were assigned bib numbers, and though the number of runners who show up this weekend will be different, the Herculean task isn’t accomplished without the help of kind-hearted volunteers.

And, Lindstrand noted, there’s always something to do.

Lap counters are the most pressing need. On the presumption that everyone who has committed themselves to a slot shows up, the noon to 4 p.m. shift still had two open spots as of 8 p.m. Friday. The 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. shift seemed well-situated, but there were holes in the 8 p.m. to midnight, midnight to 4 a.m. and 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. shifts.

Regardless of how many runners and volunteers show up, there is a start time and finish time. Everything that occurs in between is a mix of art and science. But if you are inclined to help even for a few hours, go out and see Connie Lindstrand at Rotary Lodge at Hinson Lake. She and you both will be glad you did.

 

 

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