Since we took it relatively easy this weekend, Mike and I volunteered at the inaugural TrailsRoc 0 SPF Trail Half Marathon. While we would have loved to run it, though it is a hard course, I didn't think it would be a smart idea to do it the weekend after Musselman. We love volunteering so it was the perfect opportunity!
The #trailsroc banner near the start line
This was TrailsRoc first race and the race director, Eric, is one of our friends. He, his wife Sheila and the rest of the TrailsRoc crew put on a great race for the runners that braved the trails on Saturday. We were honored to be a part of the day!
Sheila had messaged us on Facebook the day before telling us our assignment, the bottom of the "mountain" on the course and asked us if we wouldn't mind picking up some stuff from their house. We got to The North Face, near where the race would start, around 6:45am on Saturday and got the rest of the information for volunteers.
Mike and I set out to our assigned area and set up our table, water coolers and waited for the early starters.
There they go, off into the trail head
Our assigned area was at one of the road crossings (where the majority of volunteers were stationed for safety) and runners were required to cross at the light. I stood close to the turn and directed the runners to go to the light, where Mike was waiting for them to tell them if it was safe to cross and how to enter the trail head on the opposite side of the road. We had some wrong turns but we got everyone onto the course quickly.
After the normal start runners went by, and I cheered on new and old friends alike (including a blog reader), Mike and I had some time to kill. He went to Starbucks to get us some food and drinks, and I stayed back with our table just in case someone came back and to watch our stuff.
Two (four) thumbs up for #trailsroc!
Then we waited. We placed bets on when the first runner would come through, Mike said 9:51am and I said 9:59am. Well, Mike won the bet! The first runner caught us off guard and he crossed in the wrong spot (not at the light) and then Mike and I decided one of us should cross the street so that runners knew they had to go back to the light to cross.
From then on it was a lot of directing runners to the appropriate crossing and telling them when it was safe to cross. I also helped direct them to the water and helped fill water bottles when I could. Everyone looked exhausted, but they only had a little bit left to go (about a mile).
After the last runner came through, it had started to pour before he did, Mike and I packed up our stuff and headed back to the finish line to help clean up.
Eric, the race director, in all his glory
More of us after the race
The race was a success! Everyone did an amazing job to make sure the runners had a great time and were safe out on the trails and at road crossings. I can't wait to see how this race develops, and hopefully race it one year!
Have you volunteered yet this year?