why i’m not running the SeaWheeze: kelsey

Brand Manager, blogger extraordinaire and fast runner (1:48 half marathons....whoa!) Kelsey has decided to switch gears and volunteer at this year's SeaWheeze. Here's why she's doin' what she's doin'.

There is nothing quite like crossing a finish line. All that hard work: the training, the mental preparation, the ice baths (ugh!) and the commitment to push yourself each and every day comes down to, in my case, one hour and fifty one minutes. It’s exhilarating, exhausting, immensely addictive and over before you know it (well, except for that last 2km).

It’s too hard to say what the best part of last year’s SeaWheeze was: training with our super dedicated run club, the excitement in the air before the race, seeing people I knew (and more importantly those I didn’t) cheering me on or partying it up after the race with all the other runners.

When registration came around for SeaWheeze 2013 I was pretty close to signing up again, but knowing how I felt seeing all those people cheering for each and every runner (and maybe some not-so-distant memories of interval training) I decided that this year I wanted to support other people in reaching their goals. Training will help you run the race but the support from the people around you is what gets you to the finish line.

So this SeaWheeze I’m volunteering. I cannot wait to see the race from the other side: to cheer at the top of my lungs, high-five those crossing the finish line and celebrate all the badass accomplishment that I know is coming.

We’ve got some awesome opportunities where you can get involved:

power to the pick-up

when: On Friday (day before the race)

what: Help our runners get their gear bag, timing chip and wristband

must-bring: your best smile and stellar small talk skills

check it, please!

when: Early Saturday morning

what: Help runners raring to go check their gear at the course before they head to the starting line

must-bring: ample energy and a friendly face

hand out some help

when: During the race

what: Keep our runners hydrated by handing out much-needed H2O and show ‘em some love to keep them going strong

must-bring: strong arms (you’re going to be handing out a lot of water!) and your loudest cheer voice

If you want to join me (and loads of other smiling, shining, helpful people) volunteer sign-up opens at 12pm on May 15th on the SeaWheeze site. Email volunteer@seawheeze.com if you've got any questions! See you on the seawall.

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Last year my friends and I volunteered at package pickup and ran. It was so much fun that we decided to do it again this year! Such a great event, and I agree the enthusiasm and support from the crowd is what made this event the best one I’ve ever attended :)

Comment by Melissa — May 7, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

So amazing that you are doing this! It is people like you that make the event fun! I ran the SeaWheeze last year in 2:34 and it probably won’t be much faster this year. What I’m most looking forward to isn’t the running, but the enthusiasm that rocks this event! See you there!

Comment by Elle — May 8, 2013 @ 9:13 am

Hey good on your for volunteering Kelsey! It feels amazing to give back and I’m sure you’ll do a great job.

Comment by Will — May 8, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

Great story Kels. Looking forward to seeing you out there

Comment by Jurg — May 9, 2013 @ 7:21 am

Maybe you can be here to cheer me on as I stroll across the finish line for the YYC Mothers’ Day 5k walk… I am guessing it will not be the thrill that finishing my first (and only) 10K actual run was but, hey ….volunteers will still be needed and appreciated. Good on you!

Comment by Donna — May 9, 2013 @ 10:41 am

@Elle: Thanks lady! I am super stoked to be a part of SeaWheeze from a totally different side this year. I’m glad to hear you’ll be back this year to join in all the fun. I’ll be rooting for you!

@Will: Thanks! Will we see you there this year?

@Jurg: Pumped to be part of the team!

@Donna: I’ll always cheer you on :)

Comment by Kelsey — May 15, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

Originally from Vancouver…..I’m running my first SeaWheeze race AND putting in a volunteer time Friday early 7am to meet and greet runners.
Looking forward to a fun time with all the runners!!

Comment by Louise — May 26, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

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