I love volunteering at races. My experience may be limited but what I have done I have enjoyed so much that I wish it could be my job. Sadly, volunteer work doesn’t pay the bills so I do it when I can.
I had a few reasons for deciding to volunteer at Cherry Blossom and run the GW Parkway 10 Miler the week after. First off, I love the Cherry Blossoms. They’re one of my favorite parts of living in DC and this race is happening during the peak bloom. I know I’ll have a lot of time to check them out and enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival. Second, their volunteer system is a fine tuned machine. And of course, volunteering gives you guaranteed entry to the next year’s race. Next year happens to be the 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival and I think that will make the lottery even more of a gamble. I’m already relieved to know I won’t have to bother entering!
We definitely had a long weekend working packet pick up on Saturday and then volunteering the next day during the actual race. I was supposed to be handing out water at the finish line but when I got there they had another job for me and you won’t believe what it was – handing out bananas!
I might have been on bananas overload by the time we were done, but it was a lot of fun. I really can’t wait to run this race next year!