Every race I attend, the race director makes sure to emphasize that the event would not be possible if it wasn’t for all volunteers. Most of races only happen due to the extensive number of volunteers. People are good. Ironman Florida and Couer d’Alene have about 3.000 people each. Of course some are there as well to sign up the next day, but not every one. Some people are just great like that. 🙂
Volunteers are needed not only big triathlon races, but tiny local road races as well. I have been on both sides: athlete and volunteer, and I can tell you that they are both rewarding in their own way. As an athlete, it feels great to go out there and give it you very best. Push all your limits and be able to say that it gave it all you had. It is awesome. When you are on the other side, it is great to see how other people react in different ways.
Every person deals with a different kind of battle and it is rewarding to be able to say words of encouragement, and congratulate them for their accomplishment (if it is a 5k or a 140.6, it doesn’t matter). Once I was volunteering at a half marathon, and this lady had just finished, seemed crushed, looking down, not happy and then, I remember I said as I put her medal on her neck: “I am so proud of you. Congratulations, you killed it”. She instantly looked up and smiled: “Thank you”. If you have not volunteer, you definitely should. It is an awesome experience, you get to know people, you have fun and it is a way to give back to your community.
I volunteered and loved it. Have you ever give it back? #volunteer