Outstanding Volunteer Group Award
The Outstanding Volunteer Group Award was introduced in 2019. Over 75% of the event’s volunteers are recruited through volunteer groups from local non-profit organizations, running clubs, or sports teams and clubs at the high schools and university levels. Each year, this award will recognize a volunteer group that exhibits exceptional volunteer performance and unmatched dedication to volunteer service.
2019 Recipient | Lindblom JROTC Department
Organized by Staff Sergeant Dan Lawson, the Lindblom JROTC Department has provided 120+ volunteers for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon since 2012. Over the years, the cadets have supported various positions from gear check to start corrals and found their home base in 2017 at Aid Station 02 in River North. As the group leader, Sergeant Lawson is dedicated to registering his volunteers on time, actively communicating with both the volunteer team and his group members and providing amenities beyond expectations. With a group of chaperones comprised of faculty and parents, he organizes a lock-in at the school the night before the marathon and the cadets load up on buses before the sun rises to arrive early to their volunteer assignment. On top of that, the Lindblom JROTC Department color guard presents our nation’s colors at the start line, which is two miles away from their assignment at Aid Station 02, setting the runners off on the right foot by honoring our country and servicemen and women.