Monday, October 20, 2008

Kansas City Marathon Volunteering

This past weekend, my wife and I volunteered at the Kansas City Marathon. I ran this race last year and, since I had just ran Chicago, thought that I would volunteer this year.

Overall it was a great experience. We were stationed on the finish line from 6:00am to 10:00am. This meant that we needed to get up at 4:30 or so in order to get ready and make it downtown on time. Well, let me restate that. Being there by 6:00 meant that my wife needed to get up at 4:30. I was not up until 5:00 and was out the door at 5:15. (Which is of course reason # 13 that it is awesome to be a guy).

We were stationed at the timing chip removal section which meant that we got to see everyone who finished even before they received their finishers medal. Everything went about as I expected it would - however I did notice that a few chairs down from me a guy had puked his guts out after finishing the race. Also, I didn't expect to yell so much that my voice went horse. I still can't really talk to this day - opps.

A friend of ours ran the full marathon and was somewhere around the 20th person to cross the finish line. He finished in 2:55 - which is a crazy fast time. I believe that it is 6:50 miles? I would say that there is no way that I could run that fast, but there is still hope!