I still wasn't feeling ready to try a 5K this past Saturday, so Rick and the family decided to volunteer at another race! We were able to help at the aid station by handing out the waters. It seems like we get put in this position a lot when we have the kids with us, but that's okay. There is actually quite a bit of skill involved with doing a good water hand-off (See Dana's blog entry about this here. She writes about how to hold the water cup, how much water to put in it, etc. Good advice!).
We all had a few missed attempts, where the water just didn't make it into the runners' hands. That makes me feel bad, even though sometimes it's really not my fault. Luckily, there were many of us handing out waters, so people had a second chance to grab another one.
As usual, the kids had many people taking water from them (our two kids and the race directors' little girl too). They always got a "thanks, doll" or "thanks, sweetie!" from the people who took the water from them. Our kids fought over who could use the two "grabber tools" that a guy had brought for collecting the used cups. Isn't it great when work is made fun?
If you are local, this race is a great family race. Like Cotton Row, it has a 1-mile fun run and a 5K. But unlike Cotton Row, the 5K has separate men and women start times (6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.), so a mom and dad could each get to run the race. As the name implies, this race is run at twilight. Some people really like that, and for some, that makes it a challenge.
|Katie and Julia hand out waters with the kids.|
|My hair looked like this in many pictures. |
I guess I was whipping around to get another water quickly!
|Trash grabber tool makes pick up fun!|