Pat Rhodes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
2013 Recipient | Donna Nowatzki
Group Leader and technology teacher at Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy in Humboldt Park, Donna Nowatzki has brought groups of students to volunteer at the Chicago Marathon for many years. Each year Donna and the Rowe-Clark students volunteer on race day and at the Health & Fitness Expo, making them quite a unique group. From recruiting volunteers and chaperones, communicating event details, coordinating transportation and more, we recognize and appreciate all of Donna’s efforts to get her students involved. Organizing one volunteer group, let alone two, is no easy task. More importantly, the Chicago Marathon recognizes Donna’s dedication to her students. All the hard work pays off when she sees her students excel at and take pride in their volunteer work by enthusiastically supporting runners from around the world and showcasing Chicago’s warm hospitality.
2012 Recipient | Richard Beddome
Fifteen-year veteran volunteer Rich Beddome was the proud recipient of the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon’s Pat Rhodes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. As the Captain of Aid Station 16 near Mile 21, Rich and his team of volunteers enthusiastically supported participants as they try to break through “the wall,” making sure they were hydrated for the push through the final miles. Behind the scenes Rich selflessly dedicated time to the elite athlete transportation team, recruiting Start Corral volunteers, helping at the Expo, and his primary role as Aid Station 16 Captain. Surprised and honored to be recognized as the third recipient of the Pat Rhodes Award, Rich was amazed and humbled by the dedication of the thousands of people who make volunteering at the Chicago Marathon an annual tradition.
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.