Sunday, May 3, 2020

Grandma's Marathon Virtual Volunteers

Greetings Grandma’s Marathon Volunteers,
We have several exciting updates to share, so let’s dive in!

Virtual Race Volunteer Support
While we may not be able to come together to support the runners this year, we are inviting volunteers and community to share messages of cheer and motivation to support those striving to complete their Virtual Races. Volunteers participating will also be eligible for prizes for helping spread cheer! Below are a few different ways you can show your support:
  • ·        Create a poster cheering on the runners  
  • ·        Play an instrument
  • ·        Sing a song
  • ·        Show off a talent
  • ·        Dress up in costume
  • ·        Show off your dance moves

Feel free to get creative and have fun with these! Chalk art on the sidewalk instead of posters, pots and pans can be your instruments, using apps like TikTok to add some music and graphics to your videos—we would love to share all of it! #GTeam #GMas20

Runners have from May 4th until July 31st to complete their distances virtually, so start sending some cheer and feel free to keep it coming throughout! The runners will appreciate all the support they can get. Please send pictures and videos to

Volunteer Appreciation (cause you all are pretty great!)
To extend our gratitude for all your support, we are pleased to share that we be giving out the 2020 Volunteer shirts! So, if you haven’t received a call from me yet checking your shirt size (and to see how you’re doing, cause times are tough!), you can also fill out our Volunteer Appreciation Program form found on our website.

Distribution of the shirts will certainly will be a process, as we still need to follow recommended public health and safety guidelines and will have to approach the distribution in a thoughtful manner. We will be sending details and information via email and the G-Team Volunteer Facebook page as updates are available.

In addition to the volunteer shirts, and when we can responsibly gather again, Grandma’s Marathon will be throwing a Volunteer Appreciation event! We can’t say it enough, we have THE BEST community of volunteers and each of you inspire goodwill of the human spirit. So when we return for our 45th, we are looking forward to our community coming together to prove we are stronger together and we will get through this with more heart and compassion than ever.

What is the Volunteer Appreciation Program?
Who would have known that summer day in June of 1977 that after 44 years the celebration of the human spirit would continue strong? We hope to gather the history of all those who have volunteered to make Grandma’s Marathon the world-class event with small-town charm and reward them for their years of service.

If you have volunteered with Grandma’s Marathon in the past, or know of someone who has, please fill out this form to enter our volunteer appreciation program where we look forward to celebrating all our big-hearted and devoted volunteers. Form

G-Team Volunteer Facebook Group
Volunteers are invited to join our official volunteer Facebook group where they can see updates from Grandma’s Marathon, share stories, ask questions, post pictures, and celebrate being part of this community of big-hearted people like yourself! You can join the Grandma's Marathon G-Team Volunteer group by clicking HERE

Again, THANK YOU all for being a part of the Grandma’s Marathon community of volunteers and sharing compassion for the runners from all over the globe. Your acts of kindness for the runners (and our greater community) are bar none. Truly.

From all of us at Grandma’s Marathon—Thank you.

If you have any questions or concerns,
please don't hesitate to reach me at

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Western Region 2020 Spring Meeting

The Western Region 2020 Spring Meeting is Friday through Sunday, May 1st - 3rd hosted by the Wild Mountain Ski Patrol.  This event is just around the corner and will be a great chance to celebrate the end of season with fellow patrollers!

Plans are underway and will be finalized soon, but here is what is planned so far:
  • a social get-together on Friday night;
  • a day full of events and activities on Saturday plans including:
  • Instructor Development Course, 
  • OEC Instructor Recertification/Update, 
  • OEC Instructor Candidate Sign-Off Event
  • Workshops on Patrol Recruitment,  the Young Adult Program (YAP)
  • Presentations on OEC 6
  •  More ideas are being explored. thanks to your input on what you want at the meeting!  
  • Saturday also includes the Region Board of Governor Meeting and the Region Award Banquet.  
  • Sunday morning is the Patrol Director breakfast.

IMPORTANT NEWS -  We just confirmed a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express St. Croix Valley for $99 a night.   Rooms are available on a first come basis.

The Holiday Inn Express St. Croix Valley wants you to know that the hotel does include a complimentary breakfast with both hot and cold food items, high speed wireless internet, the areas largest indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, and a 24 hour work out facility. 

Here is a link to make online reservations easy:

National Ski Patrol Block

Reserve now!   

See you soon at Wild Mountain!

Wild Mountain Ski Patrol