For months I've been writing about how those of us in our little running group have been training to participate in the half-marathon of the KANSAS CITY MARATHON!! Last Saturday was the BIG day!!!
On the day before our run, Mary and I took advantage of being able to volunteer at the Packet Pickup for the event. This was my first time to be a volunteer at a run and I have to report it was so neat to do that!!!
I LOVE this picture. These are the "mile marker" flags all ready to be put out on the streets of Kansas City!!! I didn't know just how much I loved them until we were running the next morning. . .and passing them along our route!!
We thought we would be one of the people who passed out the T- shirts everyone got with their registration, however, we got a job where we didn't have to stand! We were seated at a table, armed with huge magic markers and given the job of writing the participants "bib numbers" on their clear plastic "gear check bags"!
Because of the Boston Marathon bombings, one of the safety measures taken at the KC Marathon was to only allow the runners to check any of their belongings in the clear plastic bags. By "check" I mean there was an area where the runners could leave extra clothing in the bags that they didn't want until after they'd completed the run.
Here's Mary as she happily writes a number on the first of the MANY, MANY, MANY plastic bags over the course of the following three hours! :)
Here I am prior to the huge wave of runners/walkers who would soon be lining up for us to hand out their gear check bags!
This is an area where the runners/walkers are given their "packets", which contain their bib numbers and timing chips.
After all of our hard volunteer work, we were treated with a little neck and shoulder massage/muscle relaxing by a wonderful chiropractor, Dr. Nicole Dierking, from BODIES PERSONAL TRAINING!