Most people don’t realize what it takes to put on a race. The amount of planning involved leading up to the race is only a small portion of what it really takes to make a race a success. It is the army of volunteers on race day that truly help to ensure every racer has a great experience and is well supported throughout the event.
I have had the privledge of volunteering at races for the past 4 years and let me tell you that it’s actually more fun to volunteer than it is to race. Watching people start the race with all the gusto and then see it through to the finish line is truly inspired. If you ever need inspriration to go out and do a long run, just volunteer. You can’t help but get caught up in the excitement of the race and competitors.
The key to a successful volunteering experience is to have fun. Pick a race that you would enjoy and contact the race director to sign up. Not all race directors and races are alike so pick one that you feel comfortable with.
Don’t forget to cheer on the racers throughout the race. Trust me, the value of a cheer at a low point in a race for a competitor is priceless.
Good luck and I hope to see you out there!