I had quite a number of reasons why I did not sign up as an athlete though. Starting from ‘it’s about 180USD sign up fee for my share of a relay team’, to ‘been there, done that’, while also considering ‘that was brutally hot’ and ‘their rules don’t allow me to listen to music while running’ … I was mentally (and physically) ready in case any team needed a replacement runner, but that did not happen.
Instead I signed up for volunteering at an aid station all day, handing out drinks to athletes, this way I actually came face to face with pretty much all of them. I think this is a great and very humbling experience and will forever make me cherish all those race volunteers I will come across in the future even more!
It was a grueling job though, starting with getting up at 3AM and being out in the sun & heat pretty much all day. Still not sure if maybe running 21.1K in the heat would have been easier. At least I would have gotten a medal, instead I got a sunburn (and the sore throat from cheering)
There will be more pictures and even some video in tomorrow’s post.