Melanie Myers recently volunteered at her home event for the first time and shared her experience…
Volunteering is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I recently hurt my knee, so it was a good chance to have a rest and try something new.
I was a bit apprehensive about volunteering, so I picked an easy role – marshalling. At the pre-meet, the information was straight forward and the other volunteers were friendly and approachable. Thankfully a friend suggested I head off to my spot on the course in time, or I would have missed the start, as I was happily listening to all the tourists and milestones!
What I really enjoyed about this experience was observing and cheering on around 200 people participating in exercise. I enjoyed watching the super fit and fast runners at the front to the walkers at the back and everyone in between.
I liked cheering on the epic efforts, runners pushing their limits and the runners who look like me (counting down the minutes until the event is over) to the super relaxed participants having a chat.
I think marshalling is a good opportunity to observe some of the other volunteer roles. I was able to watch how the barcode scanning works, which I’d be happy to try, along with pacing, and being the tail walker.
I’d recommend volunteering to others, it’s a different experience, I came home on a high, nice way to start the weekend.
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