Sunday, January 8, 2012

Volunteering at Disney Marathon

Wow, what a day. I woke up at 3:30 am and was on my way to Disney by 4:30 am to volunteer for the marathon. After checking in and getting our snacks/lunch, we sat on a bus for almost 3 hours. We used the time wisely and took a nap :) There was a mix up with one of the buses that was supposed to transport the course monitors, so we had to get off the bus and wait at the end of the line for one of the buses to return with the first shift. Thanks to our always optimistic and cheerful director Laura, we kept a positive attitude and the time flew. We finally made it to our spot near the finish line at 8:30 am, so we missed handing out Myler blankets to the winners.

It warmed up considerably throughout the day, so we were not as busy as they were in previous years because no one wants to wear a space blanket when it's hot. But we urged them to take their well earned souvenir super hero cape to stay warm at a future race :) I was quite chilly in the morning, wearing my tough girl skirt, 2 tech shirts, a hoodie, gloves, and the windbreaker they gave us. Once we got out in the sun, I began to shed layers and eventually found another use for the Myler blankets to change into the extra shorter running skirt I brought.

I followed the runners in my group via email alerts, so we had some idea of when to start looking for their faces in the crowd. We were on the right, and almost everyone was going left/straight so we missed a few people, but it was great to see those we found finish their first marathon or Goofy challenge. Everyone did so well and I'm so incredible proud of every single one of them. By the time our shift was over at 2 pm, I was exhausted and very sore (my legs/feet hate me), but it was all worth it. I now got the itch to run my own marathon (in 2 weeks, yikes!) and will be back next year to run Goofy. =)

Here's a slideshow of all the photos I took.


Kimberly Krebs said...

Volunteering is so much fun! I seem to always give out water, I need to try to do a race where I can do something else! :)

Kitzzy said...

It is! I want to try handing out medals next :)

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