Have you ever ran a local trail or road race? Was this a satisfying experience when you finished? I would guess that most would say “Yes”.
Upon completing an Ironman last month, it is clear to me that any successful racing event is only possible with the help of selfless volunteers.
I volunteered last year at the Kansas City Marathon and had a blast. I volunteered with the Kansas City Track Club at the second aid station on 31st and Main. After a brief group caffeination, we spent the morning setting up tables, filling water cups, picking up trash and doing whatever was needed to be sure that runners could have a flawless race experience. I plan to attend the same volunteering event again this year.
If you have ever ran a race and you are not participating in the KC Marathon weekend events this year, SIGN UP! If you have never ran a race before, SIGN UP! Both experienced runners and non-runners will walk away from this event with an amazing feeling that they made a difference. No matter who you are, it is inspiring to watch people battle the concrete for many, many miles. I believe volunteers make or break an event so with thousands of participants this year, your help is needed!
The Kansas City Marathon is Saturday morning, October 17th. You can find volunteer opportunities at http://www.sportkc.org/marathon/volunteer/.
See you out there!