Sunday, September 2, 2012

Half Marathon

Today was the half marathon at Disney Resort, Anaheim, California. I was privileged to number among the force of volunteers who helped to make the event a great success.

3:30a.m. & I don't see each other very often. It's quite dark at that time, even with the nearly full moon in the sky.

By 5:45a.m. the water station was up and ready for the nearly 50,000 runners, walkers and bicyclists. At the first water station there were participants in all conditions, from 'I'm a runner & 2 miles is nothing' to 'I've got a stitch in my side & this was a very big mistake but I'm not giving up.'

All the runners impressed me. The energy and smiles, not to mention the genuine 'Thank you' put a smile on my face. The enthusiasm was catching even though early morning isn't my thing and running in a large group isn't on my list.

But what I can do is pour water and hand cups to some very nice, health minded people who are great examples of what people can do when they set their mind to it.


4 comments:

Joanne said...

sounds like a great day and I have no doubt those folks appreciated the water and good cheer. Neat. Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend

Annmarie Pipa said...

yes..inspiring for sure!! good for you for helping!

Spidophile said...

you volunteered at a half marathon at 3:30? Some serious awesomeness there.

Kate OMara said...

Thank you Joanne, Annmarie & Spido!
It was great fun even at 3am :)