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 put on the Friends of the Poor 5K benefitting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Chicago.  While I certainly could have run the race I also knew that small, first time 5K events usually need volunteers.  So I offered up my services.


I manned gear check on the cold, rainy morning so that others could run and walk.




I’ve volunteered at races before.  I’ve done gear check at the Shamrock Shuffle 8K and I’ve helped at a water station for the Elvis is Alive 5K.  My running club puts on the Race That’s Good For Life every year and I help out with more aspects of that then I can count.  I’ve been a course marshal for the Illinois Marathon.




And I’ve worked a water and Gatorade station at mile 18 of the Chicago Marathon for several years.




In fact, I’m still looking for people to help out with our aid station at the Chicago Marathon.  As I mentioned before, the aid stations need over 200 volunteers to ensure they run smoothly, the runners get the water and Gatorade they need, and anyone who needs help is identified and assisted.  Plus, volunteers get their very own jacket and hat!


So, if you’ve ever thought about volunteering for a race, whether you’re a runner or not, here’s your chance!  Volunteering will put a smile on your face, I promise.

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Tags: races, volunteering

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