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2013 Bret Younger Volunteer of the Year Award
In April 2003, the Community First Fox Cities Marathon lost a good friend when former Marathon Race Director Bret Younger died in an automobile accident. During his time working with the Marathon, the YMCA of the Fox Cities and various other organizations in the community, Bret made a profound impact on many people. The values of honesty, respect, caring and responsibility were a part of Bret’s everyday life.
To honor his memory, the Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Kimberly-Clark created the “Bret Younger Volunteer of the Year Award.” The recipient of this award must exemplify optimism, the love of working with people and live the mission of the Marathon, by promoting “health and fitness, pride, unity and involvement among participants and the community and positive visibility for event sponsors and the Fox Cities region.” In turn, the award is an opportunity for a volunteer to receive recognition for outstanding effort and dedication toward the Marathon.
This year’s recipient of the Bret Younger Volunteer of the Year Award was Aaron Nigbor. Aaron exemplifies the qualities of a great volunteer and someone who is very dedicated to this event. He has coordinated a key area for our event for the past 18 years, and has also started running in the last few years. So now, he’s both a participant and volunteer.
When our runners and walkers set out from the start line, they never go alone. One key area for safety and to help us navigate the course with volunteers, media, photographers and to provide escorts for participants is our motorcycle fleet. These volunteer drivers lead the front runners, escort every wheelchair participant, help us get the great photos and video of the event that capture the stories of the day and are the eyes and ears on the course until the final participant has crossed the finish line.
Aaron has coordinated hundreds of motorcycles on the course. This can mean anywhere from 15-20 motorcycles each year and managing last minute replacements, and answering the call for extra cycles when the needs arise – sometimes on Saturday night at 9 p.m.