I have not ever volunteered at a race, but have most certainly benefitted from the amazing efforts of volunteers working at races in which I have competed.
Their enthusiasm and support is invaluable. Especially when the going gets tough, to see the big smile on a volunteer’s face and his or her genuine support of each and every racer, is so powerful and inspiring.
I am just so grateful to all those who volunteer, and hope they know that their influence goes far beyond handing out water, or lining the course. Their enthusiasm, cheers and support really lead to the whole race experience being that much more powerful and enjoyable!
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