My first “race recap” in a while but no I didn’t run.
This weekend I volunteered at a water stop for the Run the Bridge 10k. The Run the Bridge 10k is a race (as it sounds) that runs over a bridge. You start in Camden, NJ and run over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia and back over into Camden.
It’s a pretty tough course and the elevation profile reflects that. Not only is the course tough but it seemed like the temperature dropped 30 degrees this weekend and the wind was pretty brutal. So it was a rather tough day. It was the same day as NYCM.
As a volunteer, I was wearing a base layer followed by arm warmers, a long sleeve and jacket (with gloves and my signature beanie) and was still frozen. Nothing that a bit of coffee couldn’t fix (for about 10 minutes). Then I was freezing again.
We manned the mile 5 waster stop along the water. We were attempting to set up cups and half of them blew over. We were along the water so it was forcing more wind towards us. Cups were flying everywhere! After figuring out the best method for the actual cups we were set up and prepared to hand them out. By that time, the leaders were already coming around mile 5.
The leaders came by in a nice tight pack. None of them accepted water. They were dressed in typical race attire and I froze a bit thinking about them. How do I even race in runderwear? This weather was miserable…I have no idea sometimes…
Shortly after the female leaders came in as well. They were more spread out. We began passing out more and more water. We were all freezing and weather miserable but having a great time cheering on runners. I made some successful water passes and unsuccessful but I think that is the nature of running.
I side fived many people who I had helped out with shoes, read LOLZ blog and just liked side fives. I had a great time! By the time 90 minutes passed, people had run past us. It was time to clean up and warm up. A few friends even stopped and took photos with us! Shoutout to some out favorite customers!
We headed to the Phily diner for coffee, brunch and drinks before work. We watched the NYCM on TV for a bit before heading to each respected store of work.
I had a blast volunteering. There are many blog posts, articles obvious reasons why to volunteer so I won’t ramble away. Without volunteers a race fails to happen and I encourage any runner to do it. You’ll never regret volunteering and helping fellow runners out.
Questions for you:
Have you ever volunteered for a race?
I’ve volunteered for many races but never for a water stop. It was fun and I’ll definitely do it again.