STPR changes dates, seeks volunteers

STPR chairman James Monks and STPR spectator coordinator Roy Bucher (foreground) discuss the views spectators attending the Waste Management stage will have this September.

Volunteers and spectators who attend the 43rd Annual Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally at Wellsboro Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 12 to 14, will see major changes this year, according to James Monks, chairman.

The first change is the date.

“We moved STPR from the first weekend in June to the second week in September to allow better scheduling of the American Rally Association National Championship series event dates and to make sure new regional events joining the ARA Series could get on the schedule,” Monks said.

“Instead of being the third event, STPR is now eighth on the nine-event national schedule. Because of the importance of championship points, we are expecting to see a huge field of competitors at STPR this year,” he said.

The second change is the course. There will be 147 competitive stage miles including the eight-mile Waste Management stage, which will be run three times between Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, with 123 miles run on forestry roads those same two days.

Third is improved viewing for spectators.

“The course has been redesigned so the rally will be run on forestry roads and Waste Management property both on Friday and Saturday. This change will give spectators the opportunity to view double the action this year,” Monks said.

There will no longer be super special stages at the fairgrounds; the new spectator area at Waste Management will be the main one for those who do not want to venture into the woods.

“This September, rally spectating will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Monks. “We will share views of the construction of the new Waste Management spectator area as it progresses, plus a diagram of the new spectator area as soon as it is finished.”

To watch the construction, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/STPRRally/videos/406680096588923. The complete schedule and map locations for spectator areas will be posted at www.stpr.org soon.

The fourth change involves volunteers. Needed are volunteers to work as course marshals, stage start and finish crews, ham radio operators, medical crews, in the service and spectator areas and at the Parc Exposés in downtown Wellsboro. People who volunteer can select work that fits into their schedules. They can sign up to work with family and friends.

For a complete list of volunteer worker job descriptions visit https://stpr.org/volunteers/volunteer-job-descriptions. To register online to be a volunteer, visit https://stpr.org/volunteers.

Email volunteers@stpr.org or chair@stpr.org for more information about volunteering.