Better half out of town for the weekend, and time's going to pass glacially without her? Volunteer at a race..
I was there to man a drink station, though first I helped erect a giant sausage. After that I helped deliver van keys back to the start line that one of the staff had taken with him by mistake. After I parked in front of a nice house to take up my position, an odd interlude with the owner who hoped I wouldn't mind if my car got wet due to him watering his lawn. He's a voiceover artist by profession. That's a true digression.
Background & prep
I ran MEC race #5 last year with my Dad when he and Mum visited. It had been the scene of my 5k PB until I kicked that over earlier this month.
The course followed the riverbank, on something of a false flat, the second half being slightly upward.
Hair needed combing, in hindsight.
The leaders came piling through.
I set up the gopro on time lapse, taking a photo every half second. It was positioned to capture every single runner, with the 5k-ers turning around right in front of it.
I joined Jorge and Aaron manning the station. Jorge brought very nice Chilean sandwiches with him for some pre-race volunteer carb loading. Gracias!We did some strutting before all the runners came through. A time lapse video would be following later. Everyone is funny at 14x speed.
None of them wanted water or Nuun. Simon pictured above gliding through.
Brunch is servedHanding over a cup to a mobile person takes a little getting used to. Don't grip too tight or too loose, and try to move with the runner just a little.
One or two took extended breaks, the guy sitting down in a bit of pain. It got too busy to remember what happened to him, but I think he walked back ok.
The leading lady, whom I recognized as having overtaken me in the past, was close behind.
Mr Modest MotivatorOnce it was only 10k-ers, all was good. I noticed how breaking into a grin would get a big return smile. Also, rather than those two words ("almost there!"), I stuck to the facts: "one quarter distance to go!"
It's less sweaty than a race, but it's certainly non-stop action in places and a lot of thinking on your feet. I've been a course marshal before, and have been very animated doing it. This though is a flurry of activity and a real mission to keep a race going. Give it a try.
Here's that whole hour and 10 minutes crunched into 4 minutes: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wootAr-yS-0