I volunteered at in start corrals at the Shamrock Shuffle 8K yesterday, and I thought I'd post a few photos and stories.
First off, I had to get up hella early again, which is probably the most common complaint among all the volunteers. "Remind me again why I need to be in the start corral 'coordinating' runners at 5:30 a.m., when the race doesn't start until 8:15 a.m.?"
But at least when you are there early, you see everyone run by on the way to their corrals, including these guys, whom I have dubbed either "The Jolly Green Giants" or "The Broccoli Boys" ...
And the tutu triplets:
Then there is this leprechaun, and yes I mean he IS a leprechaun, not that he is dressed as one.
In the waiting, I did also see Dave, a few high school friends that I knew were running, and also one coworker. I knew a bunch of other people that were running that I didn't get to see, and you can kind of see why it was so hard to meet up with people when you understand that 40,000 runners came to this event:
I have to say, I was disappointed with the volunteer leadership at my start corral. They were a couple of very quiet women who hardly spoke to us and did not notice all kinds of crazy things going out of control. Next year I'm going to volunteer as a start corral captain, I'll show them what organization looks like! (And yes, if you're wondering, I basically took over parts of my corral, because I had to!)
Being around all these fit people makes me want to start running again, or definitely swim at the very least. I may always hate running, but I can give it another try. I need to step up my fitness goals if I'm going to keep maintaining, and also losing the last 5 or so pounds.
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