Sometimes I feel a little lost when I don’t have a race on my calendar in the near future. I find that my training has waned, and my energy and focus on running and crosstraining has dwindled. One way to quickly re-energize yourself is by volunteering at a race.
I have run more races than I remember, and have lost track of how many medals I have. I am always grateful for the volunteers at every single race for cheering me on, for providing water and gatorade, and for handing me fuel of some kind as I run past. The volunteers are definitely a huge part of any given race, and without them, the races would never run as smoothly.
The first time I ever volunteered at a race, my emotions ran high because I was so heavily influenced by the effort, the triumphs, and the grit these runners were giving, regardless of their chosen distance or pace. I understood what it was like to be in a race, and pushing to my capacity. I felt my eyes welling up with tears as I handed out drinks. I was so proud of each and every person as they ran by. They got up that morning, put on their running gear, and did the best they could. My volunteering was only helping them to the finish line by offering my time and a drink to help quench their thirst.
It is incredibly rewarding to volunteer at a race. If you haven’t taken the time to do so, sign up to volunteer at the next race. There are so many opportunities where volunteers are needed, welcomed, and appreciated. If you don’t know where to look, ask your running buddies. They will know about local races, and can direct you to a person or a website to look for volunteering opportunities. Do some good for someone else today!