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.