Sunday, November 25, 2007

Seattle marathon 2007 volunteer report

This was the second year in a row that I volunteered at a water stop at the Seattle marathon. Both the times were for "Asha For Education" at the 30k(marathon)/7 mile (half) water stop. I guess this is going to become my way of saying "thank you" to the folks who volunteer in the races I run. What's nice is that Microsoft matches volunteer hours at $17/hr so this effort was worth $17*7 to Asha.

The folks running the marathon this year lucked out! I don't think there could have been a better November Seattle day for running. It was a little chilly but dry and sunny.

I reached the water stop at 6:45am and left at around 2pm. We got the tables set up, diluted the Gatorade, set up the water, handed the water & Gatorade, cleaned up and finally helped pack up the stuff into the moving trucks. The lead half-marathoners passed first, then the pack, the walkers, the lead marathoners, the pack, the walkers, and finally ending with the last runner with police escort, before the roads were re-opened. The only glitch was when there were more half-marathoners than we could handle so we had to keep filling the Gatorade cups and leave then for the runners to pickup themselves...

We also setup an impromptu band with empty gatorade containers and mixers, as the instruments. Hopefully, it was helpful to the runners and not cacophony (which would have worked too since they would want to run away from the water station as soon as possible.

I've now got 96 packets of GU (unfortunately I'm used to using Cliff shots) and two big containers of Gatorade concentrate at home. At the end of the race all the spares are thrown if not taken since they're donated to the race. We were more than glad to help them get rid of it :)

It was nice for us to get this note after the event:

“You are an incredible team. You were incredible last year and have been incredible this year too”! - Terry Montague, Water Station Co-ordinator, Seattle Marathon Association


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