Hotter 'N Hell Hundred: Volunteers

Our preview of the 32nd annual Hotter 'n Hell Hundred continues.

We're spotlighting the people who really make the largest sanctioned century bike ride in our nation happen.

The volunteers.

This year alone, there will be somewhere around 4500 volunteers, and it's not too late to get involved yourself.

Joanna & Karson Lukert said, "The 10-K's going to be in the very back. So, all the way down Scott, you'll be at the very back, and we are the last to go through the start."

There's a very good reason for that.

You'll see young children taking part in the Hotter 'n Hell Hundred's 10-K ride, and enjoying the scenic route through Lucy Park.

Joanna Lukert and her son, Karson will be there again this year, volunteering on mules.

Joanna & Karson Lukert explained, "This will be our fourth year to do this. We work the mules. So, we have one of us that starts the race so everyone can follow us. And, then we have someone in the back making sure everybody is following through."

Elaine McKinney says this year, the Hotter 'n Hell Hundred Steering Committee's going to have 4700- volunteer t-shirts ready, and they're going to need them.

Elaine McKinney, HHH Steering Committee Member told us, "They do everything from setting up the course, painting the markings on the road, handing out the bananas, the oranges, the drinks, cleaning up afterward. There's a lot of clean-up. There are motorcycles out there to make sure the riders are safe. There are a lot of sag wagons. I think we're going to have over 30- sag wagons this year."

Roby Christie, Hotter 'n Hell Founder said "We have more volunteers at Hotter 'n Hell Hundred than almost any other ride in the nation has in participants. So, when people come, they find themselves surrounded by people who are happy to see them here."

Volunteer Dee Decker told us, "My favorite job I've had lately, lately, about 20- years, is late registration. If you haven't worked there, you need to. You can get in there and register. We can meet people from all over the United States that come here to ride."

Those who'll have the time of their lives, thanks to the volunteers

Joanna & Karson Lukert explained, "You won't regret it. It's such memories you'll make, and like I said, seeing everyone come together and volunteer, it's just an unbelievable event. You won't regret coming. Right?" "Totally."

If you'd like to be a Hotter 'n Hell volunteer yourself, just call the Red Cross at 322-8686.

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