Monday, July 22, 2013

Volunteering at the 0 SPF Half Marathon

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mike and I finished up our "recovery" week and we are now starting our 13 week marathon training plan that will hopefully get us to the finish line of the MDI Marathon. I am beyond excited to run my hometown marathon with my husband and lots of my friends!

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?

17 comments:

  1. we have!!
    Im not a runner--but I am a volunteer'er :-)

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    1. The best kind of volunteer! The ones that do it just because!

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  2. This is awesome! I love volunteering at races! I've volunteered my services at packet pick-up a few times already this year and I've gone to several races to take pictures of the runners. Not as an official volunteer, but I share all of the pics on the event's facebook page so the participants can have their photos. :)

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    1. That's great! Runners, and especially bloggers, love photos! :)

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  3. I volunteer and do a lot of coaching with the youth run club in my area, I've volunteered before races before which I really enjoy but never been a course marshall or anything. I did a run swim run this weekend, and there is a 5k starts before so it's always cool to watch the start of a race that I'm not in!

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  4. I've volunteered at several races and find it makes me so much more appreciative of volunteers.

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  5. Looks like so much fun! I'm excited for you to be kicking off marathon training, too!

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  6. I love it! What a perfect way to give back. I think it's so important to volunteer. I did so a few months ago and LOVED every second of it!

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  7. sure have! once at the albany corporate challenge & also at a race expo. It's a great way to meet other runners!

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  8. Volunteering is the best! It feels so good to give back to the sport we love. I'll be volunteering for the first time this year at Placid this weekend--woohoo!

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  9. So fun that you volunteer at local events. I really wanted to volunteer at a race and had it all picked out, then had to work that Saturday. I'll have to find another one to volunteer or at least cheer at.

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    1. Okay so I did it.
      I officially committed to volunteer at a Kids 5K the weekend after the MCM marathon. You motivated me!

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  10. I think it would be so fun to volunteer! Glad you had a great time :)

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  11. I am planning to volunteer at several races this fall! There aren't many going on in the summer months here :(

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  12. Sounds like a great time! I've volunteered a bit this year, but not at any races. Yet. :)

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  13. This sounds like a good race and I'm sure Eric did a great job organizing it. You guys look like you had fun volunteering too!

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