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We would like to thank our 2024 Sponsors

Countdown to Race Day!
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Want to help?
The Des Plaines River Association is a volunteer organization. We enthusiastically welcome new volunteers. It's deeply satisfying to help with the event if you're not paddling, or if you are! Race participants and their family and friends are welcome to help with the marathon. There's plenty of work to do before, during and after the race. Volunteers will receive a FREE patch and FREE t-shirt for helping. Call the Marathon Hotline: 847-604-2445 or email us to add your name to the volunteer list.

There are many volunteer positions available for this year, for both racers and non-racers.
  • Committee Members: The Des Plaines River Association organizes and produces the event. We would LOVE a few   additional people to join the planning committee.
  • Marketing - Publicity: Every event needs and wants more help getting the word out, including this event. We could use a few extra brains to help with public relations and advertising, including radio, tv, newspaper, and other outlets.
  • Set-Up / Take-Down: Preparing for the race is a big project. We're always looking for more help the day before the event. Projects include: Set up start line ropes and ready line ropes, coordinate fence/tent placement, set up start/finish line tents, set up finish line rope, set up timing boards - a truck would be helpful. And of course at the end of event day we need help cleaning up and taking everything down.
  • Race Day Staff: Many people are needed on race day to ensure that the event runs smoothly. We have positions available for people who want to race and for those who don't. Positions include Staging Area Coordinator, Starter, Start Line Manager, Traffic Control, Spotters, Bus Coordinator, Put-in Assistance, Take-out Assistance, and more!
  • More Positions Available: Each year we have to replace volunteers who can no longer devote their time and talents. We can always use people for projects small and large.
It's hugely satisfying to volunteer at this event. Call the hotline or email to sign up today. You'll be glad you did.