I really appreciate volunteers. They are often responsible for the success of a race. They direct runners at all the turns, give out water and medals and do it in heat and frigid temps.
I know I should volunteer more often but I am selfish.
I want to race not watch others race.
One of my goals for 2022 is to volunteer at races more often.
Here’s why you should too:
1.To network and meet other runners.
I think my favorite place to volunteer may be at packet picket up. I did that for the Freihofer’s race and I met so many new people. Runners are the most friendly people!!
2. It’s fun and exciting.
At a local half marathon, I volunteered at the finish line. I got to watch the winners cross as well as several friends.
3. You can often get cool swag.
Maybe not the best reason to volunteer but it’s nice to get something useful for free.
4. You will feel appreciated.
I volunteered at this frigid marathon relay…. I was overwhelmed by the number of runners who passed me and thanked me.
5. Runners and race directors NEED you to have a successful race.
Volunteers are needed to as course marshals to direct runners and of course, to hand out water at water stops. They are also need volunteers for setup before the race, at packet pick-up, at the finish line. I could go on and on. There is a job for everyone and many of these jobs can be done at a time that is convenient for you.
Happy Running! How often do you volunteer at races? Please share.
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