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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Some of the key volunteers who rescued this year's races may not be back next year.
It was a key group of veterans who rescued the races earlier this year, but no one knows who will do it next year.
Some of the key pieces say they probably won't be back in 2008.
Two past Presidents who helped out say won't serve the same roles next year, and even after this year's effort went better than expected, current president Kathy Balcom still hasn't decided whether she'll serve another term or hand over the reigns.
Either way, they start searching today for volunteers to make sure the races happen for a 43rd straight time next year.
"There's a lot of people that have said that you know they gave it their best shot, they've been involved for many years and they want to take some time off.... You know I have a real job too as do all of the volunteers, you know, the amount of hours that we put in, you know, we would get e-mails we'd all be on the computer at midnight trying to take care of some of the details, and you know, it's exhausting, but it's rewarding too," Balcom said.
Balcom says they're already years ahead of where they were at this point last year.
Of course they already have a title sponsor in Lamb Weston, and they're looking at hiring a management company again this year like they had in the past.
Last year, they only had two paid staff.