After getting somewhat involved in the organization by being a running buddy for one 5K and then volunteering to help with course setup last December I knew I wanted to take on a larger role with this amazing non profit. I got the chance this year after being asked to be the course lead on the 5K committee. And just an FYI, GOTR Puget Sound literally has only THREE paid employees, ALL the rest are volunteers. ALL the coaches, running buddies, 5K committee, auction committee, etc are volunteers...so awesome!
|The rockstar 5K committee with superstar GOTR staff member Becky!|
|Park before the festival was set up!|
|The festival in action!|
|She took her job very seriously and wrote the LARGEST mile numbers in chalk on the course!|
The course was all setup before 8:00 which gave me time to actually have a bite to eat and some coffee before my cheerleading volunteers arrived. I got the chance to meet Becky from RunFunDone who is also my fellow Nuun Ragner runner. And we later found out Dawn from Running at Dawn was a coach and we didn't even know it until after the race :(. Becky took about a million amazing photos. She captured what this race is all about perfectly and recapped it beautifully on her own blog...CHECK IT OUT.
And because I didn't already need another reason to be convinced Nuun was AWESOME they came out to support GOTR too!
|pic from RunFunDone|
Next up, the balloon arch...the ONLY thing that almost went terribly wrong that day. It wasn't constructed properly so the second we tried to move it, it started coming apart. We raced to get it back together, added more balloons and drove it (VERY SLOWLY) to the start line...phew...now we just have to get it back to the finish...
|How gorgeous is this start line!?|
Becky took some seriously awesome photos and I get teary eyed just looking through all of them. These are just a few of my favorites from the post run...how proud do these girls look!??
I had some time to actually breathe after the race was underway and once I got the ok that all runners were past a certain point in the course we went back out to clean it all up. Cleaning up took no time and popping all the balloons in the arch was definitely very therapeutic after battling with it all morning.
It truly was an awesome and inspirational day! Seeing all the girls completed their goal and the 100's of volunteers helping is what makes Girls on the Run such an amazing organization. As we sat around eating pizza before loading up the u-haul we discussed the fall 5K and everyone on the committee agreed...we all can't wait to do all over again :).
I know a lot of you expressed interest in getting involved for the next 5K, so mark your calendars...the fall 5K is usually the first Saturday in December. But before then there is going to be a couple of other opportunities to help this awesome organization:
1. Come to Fleet Feet this Thursday from 7:00-8:30 for a special ladies night benefiting Girls on the Run Puget Sound. I'll be there and would love to meet anyone who comes.
2. There is a 10K race that will help benefit GOTR in August. I will get the details soon, but I think it would be a fun blogger meetup!
QUESTION: Who raced this past weekend? How did you do?