Volunteer time

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Took a Saturday off from running this morning, as Runners Fit was doing the timing for a local 5K at Flowery Branch High School. A few of the gang were running in, and a few more of us volunteered to help out.

I like to volunteer at a race once or twice a year. I think it’s a good way to give back to the running community that I’m part off. And every time I’ve done it, it’s been a lot of fun. (And for you who care, I first met my wife volunteering at a race. Matter of fact, this morning, I got to do the same job I did when I met her. How sentimental.)

This morning, after “helping” Sarah enter everyone’s names into the database, I was given the important task of calling numbers. As people cross the finish line, one person writes down the numbers in the order they cross. Since that person needs to look at the paper to write them in the correct order, they get a caller to tell them the numbers as they come in. Yes, it’s a tough job…staring at  chests numbers, making sure I have a good view of everything.

Post race, I also got to go post the results.  Talking about feeling important…carrying the sheet of results to post up, everyone stares at you. Well, it was fun.

I’d like to point out the guys did good. Both “The Goat” and “The Reptile” made great showings, winning their age groups. Reptile actually had a PR.  Way to go guys, showing those kids who’s boss. (They also were in the top 10 or so overall.) “HillHater” made a strong showing too.  Wow, our Blue Ridge team is gonna kick butt. (And hopefully I’ll be awake to appreciate it.)

Oh, the post race food had, of all things, wings. A couple of us went to try them out, and they were good. (Guess that’s what happens when a BBQ place is a sponsor. If I knew the name, I’d given them a shoutout.)

Well, that’s it for now. Back to watching the Olympics opening ceremony on the Tivo, and rest up for tomorrows long run.

Written on August 9, 2008