It was a picture-perfect weekend in Louisville for the GE Appliances (GEA) Kentucky Derby Festival MiniMarathon/Marathon. More than 300 GEA runners crossed the finish line and more than 100 volunteers helped make the event a huge success that saw the city of Louisville shine.
One of the volunteers who helped make it all happen is Larry Smith from Supplier Quality. Larry has been leading the GEA pit crew for 17 years. He started after an injury kept him from being able to run, but he still wanted to be a part of the race he loved. So, he organized a crew to help GEA runners keep track of their belongings, transport personal items from start to finish and take photos along the way. He also volunteered at packet pickup and at the finish line tent.
CEO Kevin Nolan asked Larry to officially start the race and hold the tape as the first MiniMarathon participant crossed the finish line.
“This ranks up there as one of the best days of my life,” said Larry. “To have this honor and see GEA step forward to sponsor a race that means so much to our community – wow – what a day!”
In addition to the pit crew, GEA had volunteers from the Hispanic Forum at a water stop along the race route. Dozens of volunteers were at the finish line handing out cooling towels and assisting GE Chef Damaris Phillips with post-race smoothies and snacks for runners. Several GEA employees also helped snapped photos of runners and their families at our our “good things, for life” photo wall.
For a look at the race weekend activities, check out the video below: