Saturday, September 02, 2006

Event Staff

The girls and I were up early this morning and, armed with insulated cups of hot chocolate, we left the boys sleeping and headed out. It was cool and still wet from Ernesto's rain, but we were ready. Katherine especially. We had all worn our raincoats but Katherine was bright enough (or awake enough) to wear her rainboots! That was smart!

So why were we up so early when on any given school day the only thing that gets any of us out of the house at all is the threat of being late?!

Late last week we signed up to volunteer at the Charlottesville Women's 4-miler. We ran it last year but waited too long to sign up for this year's race. Our assignment was to hand out water at one of the water stops - we were at the 2.2 mile point. Since this is an out-and-back course we got to see the runners at 2.2 and 3.8 miles. The girls and I, and about 12 other volunteers of all ages, filled and handed out many cups of water. Later, we picked up all the cups that the runners had thrown down.

Benefits of volunteering at races include being around the excitement of the race without having the pain of the run, being able to cheer on your friends and neighbors, getting a cool shirt, and getting to share the post-race donuts!

We had a blast volunteering and hope to be able to help out at some more races this year. Today's quote from Morgan: "I was on staff. Doesn't that rock?!"


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