Posts tagged "volunteering"

Get the Chicago Marathon Experience Without Running the Chicago Marathon

The running part of the Chicago Marathon started at 7:30 AM on Sunday, October 13th. However, I wasn’t at the start line. Yet, just like the runners, I’d been preparing for weeks and days leading up to the race. Because races don’t happen on their own. Nope. The Chicago Marathon needs plenty of staff and... Read more »

Upcoming Chicago Running Events

I’m participating in several upcoming running-related events and wanted to share them with you in case you are interested! Swirlgear at Road Runner Sports - Tuesday, August 27th Several local Swirlgear ambassadors are hosting an event at the Road Runner Sports at 1435 N Kingsbury. There will be a fun 30 minute run and then... Read more »

Where's the Start Line and Other Questions You Get as a Marathon Volunteer

Last weekend I gave back to the running community by volunteering at a marathon up in Wisconsin. While I certainly have plenty of  race volunteering experience this was the first time I’d worked a marathon and half marathon packet pickup and then at the start/finish line for a 3700 person race. In fact, I actually... Read more »

The Chicago Marathon: a Volunteer Perspective

The Chicago Marathon: a Volunteer Perspective
        On Sunday, October 7th thousands of runners all over Chicagoland were up before the sun to top off months of training by running the Chicago Marathon.  Hundreds of others were up before the sun to don the ubiquitous blue jacket of the Chicago Marathon volunteer. As a key volunteer for Aid... Read more »

Race Volunteering - A Way to Give Back

Race Volunteering - A Way to Give Back
This past Saturday I was up before the sun.  Not so I could get in my own workout but so I could support other people who were!   (Although, I did ride my bike to the event and home so I got in 12+ miles of cycling.)   A colleague of mine was helping to... Read more »

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Marathon

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Marathon
In 2009 when I was contemplating which marathon to run for my 30th birthday I ended up volunteering at the Chicago Marathon at the mile 18 water station.     How did I end up there?  Well, I’d recently joined the Oak Park Runners Club and they’ve been manning an aid station for the Chicago... Read more »
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    I'm a 30-something who decided to get off the elliptical and expand my fitness horizons. Since moving to Chicago in 2008 I've run marathons and biked miles. I've done group fitness classes and lifted weights on my own. And now I want to share my fitness finds with you!

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