To volunteers… Hey runners, please say thanks!

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Thank you to all volunteers!!

After months of hard training, sacrifice and overall preparation, race time arrives. From the first place finisher to the last person across the line, everyone has done their job. And, I mean everyone. Hundreds of people, likely in the thousands have been planning, preparing and even sacrificing in the name of being a volunteer!

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I wouldn’t say it is a thankless job. Any good race organization will do their best to thank the volunteers that contribute significantly to making it happen. Rightly so!

But what about you?! I am guessing you do but in case you don’t…

Every aspect of putting on a major road race requires volunteers. From route preparation, package pick up, start line, finish line, on course safety during race day to many more aspects of making sure your day is enjoyable and safe!

By the time you’ve started your taper, volunteers are kicking into high gear. By the time you arrive at the Expo to pick up your kit, there is a bee hive of activity that you will probably never see. Many days and long hours.

So, just as with anything else in life, it is good to remember to give a smile and say THANKS! Thanks to the folks who are helping you hit your goals! Thanks to the folks who are making your day enjoyable and safe! When you say thanks it will feel good to the volunteer and will actually make you feel pretty good too (a secret performance enhancement tool)!

Have a great run!

P.S. Check out Start2Finish here, and why I’m supporting them!