Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Different Race Perspective

When race day is approaching, I'm usually busy preparing to run. But not this time. Last Sunday, I volunteered for a local race in my town. It was the Marathon of the Treasure Coast, and runners were completing in either the half, full, or relay.
                                                 
The Marathon of the Treasure Coast is an inaugural race. Originally I wanted to run it. But with coming off of three races back to back the previous weekend, I didn't want to overdue it. I figured the only thing better than running a race, is volunteering at one.
I was assigned to a relay exchange. This was at mile 11 of the race. For the half, those runners were so close. And for the full, the runners were so far away. I could sympathize with those that weren't even half way, and then you could see the relief for some that knew the finish was close. My job was to help with the relay runners coming in, but my passion that day was being a cheerleader for all. Encouraging others and cheering for people gave me goosebumps. I loved seeing local runners and being able to call people out by their name. As we all know, an unexpected cheer for a runner can make all the difference.

This was my first time volunteering at a race and I was amazed at this experience. I highly recommend that every runner volunteer at a race. Sure we know what races are like and what goes into them, but to be the supporter and cheerleader for hundreds or even thousands of runners is inspiring. We all strive to do the impossible, but to see it done by others is simply amazing. 

Have you ever volunteered at a race? Share your experience.

7 comments:

  1. I have never volunteered but I think it's definitely something we should all do!

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  2. I volunteered at the Jax Bank Marathon. I loved it. It was such a great way to give back and it was so inspiring to see the runners come through the finish line. I was stationed giving away medals and I thought it was great.

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  3. I volunteered at the Army Ten Miler back in October and it was an amazing experience. I was honored to not only present disabled and wheelchair veterans with their finisher's coin (instead of a traditional medal), but it was such a thrilling experience to congratulate runners after they crossed the finish line. I will definitely volunteer for another race in the future!

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  4. I've never volunteered at a race (mainly because I'm not sure that I would be able to stand there for so long without hopping in to run!), but my wife volunteered at the 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon (my first half marathon!) and she loved it.

    BTW, the logo for the race at which you volunteered is awesome!

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  5. Sweet! I have volunteered at a local TRI and also at the Philly marathon. :) I really enjoy that side of things.

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  6. How fun! I've never volunteered at a race, but I have no doubt it would be a really neat way to see a race. And no doubt, everyone appreciated your encouragement!

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  7. I just volunteered last weekend for Best Damn Race because I had to sit the race out due to injury. I didn't enjoy it because I knew I was supposed to be running it. It was hard. But I can't wait to volunteer just because I WANT to. I'm hoping to volunteer for Expedition Everest!!

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