Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Here goes...some firsts...
This past Saturday I went to the first race I didn't compete in since last summer.
It was a good experience but it was different. Did I miss running? Yes!
Three good friends were running their first half marathon and I was so glad I could be there.
It was also the first time I volunteered at a race.
I'm so thankful to the amazing volunteers that have been there to help at all my races, from my first race Ben & Tim Day in Hershey, PA to my first long distance run The Broad Street Run in Philly one thing is certain, we couldn't do it without the volunteers.
I found the volunteer experience this past weekend though to be a bit different that what I've experienced in the past. The Garden Spot Village Marathon & Half Marathon benefits Garden Spot Village, a retirement community deep in the heart of Lancaster County. The fine ladies I worked with, just past the finish line, were significantly older than me, the majority of the volunteers were residents there. Like mother hens walking folks to first aid and making sure they were okay, they doted on every runner that would let them. While in my opinion most of the runners were fine, I chuckled at their compassionate and nurturing nature. I don't know what the runners thought, but all in all I think everyone had a good time.
It's my understanding the the Garden Spot Village Marathon is the only Marathon happening in Lancaster County at present. Last year they had around 300 runners and this year nearly 1,100. If you're in the area you might want to check it out next year.
So I guess that's it for my first post. Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you.