Pat Rhodes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
2011 Recipient | Shirley Pitts
Shirley first began volunteering at the Chicago Marathon over a decade ago. From her first volunteer assignment at the Health and Fitness Expo, she was hooked. She said, “It was so exciting that I stayed until closing that night.” Since then Shirley has continued her commitment to the Expo while also coordinating a group of volunteers on race day. Her group from the Illinois School Psychologist Association has worked at the hospitality tents, with event VIPs and even on the finish line. Shirley also fills another key role on race day, arriving well before the sun rises to help check-in thousands of volunteers in Grant Park. Shirley is kind to all and always maintains a positive attitude. She truly embodies the spirit of volunteerism, and we are proud to honor her with this award.
2010 Recipient | Pat Onines
The 2010 winner, and the first recipient of this award, is Aid Station Captain Pat Onines. From the Alpine Runners, Pat has served as an Aid Station Captain for 22 years, and he is an integral part of the Chicago Marathon team. He is also an involved member of the running community, dedicated to enriching the lives of runners and volunteers. When asked what his favorite part about volunteering for the marathon is, Pat said, “The honor of being an integral contributor to one of the best organized marathons in the world. It’s really a rush when it all comes together and I love it!” It is our great honor to present him with the first Pat Rhodes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.