Paul sent an email to our club asking if we would be willing to help "man" a water stop for the Grand Slam 5k on Saturday evening 5/18/13. This race benefits the boys of the "Let Me Run" Program and is also the culmination of their spring training efforts. A few emails and a few FaceBook post later, we had a good crew ready and willing to help.
Our crew included: Beth, Alex, Katie plus her 4 kids, John and his wife, Billy, Jinnie, Megan, Ally, and me. I have worked many water stops in the past. This one was amazing.
We filled a huge number of cups before the race, but there were 650+ boys taking part. They seemed to descend on our 2.25 mile H20 stop in one big group. In maybe 20 minutes, we emptied the table of cups. Saturday was a hot and humid evening so many of the boys were taking two or three cups of water.
Being a lifelong runner, I found it great to see these boys given the opportunity to be involved in the sport of running. We should all be a big fan of these programs because they will be corner stone which inspires a new generation of runners.
Lastly, I would like to thank our crew for volunteering the time and energy on a Saturday evening. Giving back is a good thing to do.
Sharing one thought at a time,
The Cool Down Runner