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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you've got any questions! See you on the seawall.