Spectators are encouraged to create 'excitement zones' for the 2014 Kalamazoo Marathon if their house, business, church or organization is located along the course. The excitement zones are a way to rally neighbors, friends and coworkers to get together and support marathon runners.
There is a variety of ways to get involved with excitement zones.
Funny or Encouraging Signs
Create your own, or feel free to stop by the Borgess Run for the Health of It Expo at Wings Stadium on May 3. There’s a sign-making station with all the materials you need to make a memorable impression. Have fun with it, but keep it clean: there may be kids in the crowd or on the course.
Come up with a Theme
This year, they're bringing back the gummi-bear station, the bacon station and Popsicle Hill, to name a few. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Runners will remember the truly unique themes along the course. Consider your resources. What can your neighbors or co-workers bring to your area that can add to your theme? Costumes are also a great addition to go along with a theme.
The simplest way to bring music to the course is to set up some portable speakers. Make a fun mix, or bring Bluetooth speakers that link to an iPod. Keep the music upbeat and energetic. Runners will hear the sounds and cheers from down the road or around the corner. This is great motivation for runners to get their legs churning toward your area. Z96.5's Runner's Playlist can be found on air and online at z965fm.com during the Kalamazoo Marathon.
For more information, check out the excitement zone page.
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