“Oh, a 5K? Half marathon?” you ask. Nah, I actually completed fewer than 2,000 steps (according to my FitBit, which has no reason to lie).
But I still earned it at a race. I volunteered at Semana Nautica’s 15K.And the shirt I received is below.
I joined RightScale employees — even though I work at Citrix — at the mile 4 water station and was very impressed with their 4th of July spirit and company pride. (I’m still not sure what the large inflatable monkey has to do with anything.) But I was, as usual, more impressed with the runners putting in more than 9 miles before the day’s first World Cup game.
And now a public service announcement for anyone who may volunteer at a water station in the future:
- The sweet spot for filling the water cups is just barely above the halfway spot on the cup.
- If the course allows for it, it’s good to have people handing out water on both the right and left side of the runners. This way if they’re carrying something, they don’t have to reach across themselves to grab water. Also it allows for right- or left-handed preferences. Yes, there are all kinds of exceptions to this rule depending on how the course goes.
- If you pinch the cup a little, it’s easier for them to grab. That’s what the lead runners are trying to tell you when they make lobster claw gestures at you as they approach.
- Do not hold the cup in any way which would provide a braking force to the runner. I often tried to move my arm holding the water forward in the direction and at the pace of the oncoming runner. This only resulted in a few instances of pulling the water away from the runner. “Would you like some water? Psych! Come and get it!”
- You may have a trash can for the cups, but it’s just for decoration. ALL of the cups will go on the ground until you put them in the trash can.
Since names make news, I’ll add a shoutout to some of the many cool people who impressed me as they ran by (although not in the order they ran by): Elda, Ida, Dan, Gina, Ricky, Aaron, David G., Al, Gary, Ed, John H., Jana, Stephanie, and John B..
Well done to you and to all 267 finishers!