MAKE A DIFFERENCE: (NOT) RUNNING THE RACE
Whether you love running or absolutely hate it, you have to admit that you have great respect for runners. To be a runner means hours of training, experiencing pure exhaustion, and mental strength to keep going. To run a race (or multiple) is a huge accomplishment no matter how long or short the distance. I’ve ran many races in the past from a 5k to a half-marathon and no matter what I always feel accomplished (and very tired) after completing one!
There are thousands of races that take place in the United States every year. Some people sign up to get in shape, others because they love it, and some to raise money for a special cause. No matter the running event, people are always needed to volunteer. Volunteering during a race is an awesome way to help out your community and get inspired by those setting out to accomplish a goal. You’ll feel good giving back and you’ll thrive off the energy of all the runners setting out to reach their goals. Anyone can help out and theres two main ways you can do so:
WATER STATIONS/FINISH LINE
It’s no surprise that runners need water and electrolytes to stay hydrated as they race. Water stations are vital parts of races and keep runners healthy and safe. Volunteers are often needed to man these water stations and encourage runners as they inch closer to the finish line. Volunteers are usually also needed at the finish line to pass out medals and goodie bags. If you want to be a voice of support and encouragement you can volunteer to help out during a race. Use a google to find an upcoming race near you, and clicking on the organizer’s website will give you information on how to sign-up as a volunteer.
SIGNS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
As runners are getting closer to the finish line they are becoming more and more tired and sometimes they are contemplating throwing in the towel. But a little bit of support goes along way and can help runners push through their exhaustion and finish strong. Another way you can help during a running event is to make a sign of encouragement. The bigger, the brighter, and the funnier the better! When a runner sees your sign you help them take their mind off their exhaustion and let them know that there are people rooting them on! We love nothing more than encouraging and rooting for others!
I hope you take some time to participate in a local running event, because making a difference is not limited to only the runners. By volunteering your time to help those racing you make a huge difference by helping runners as they set out to accomplish their goals!
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