My Coyote running group needed volunteers for the Bulldog 50/25k on August 22, 2015 and I was excited to be part of it all! I could give back to my sport and I figured I’d learn a lot about ultra running. Being new to the ultra and trail world, I am eager to learn. (Read about my Bulldog training run!)
Our captains chose a nautical theme and we embraced it! I love dressing up and got to be captain of the food! My job was to cut fruit, replenish goodies and pass out the food to the runners. I put on my gloves and got to work! “Bananas! Oranges! Pretzels! Red vines! Cookies! Peanut butter crackers!” Yep, there’s quite a spread at ultras and I thought it would help to yell out what we had to offer. Sometimes the runners were a bit out of it and when they would hear me say “Oranges!”, they would turn and say, “Oh yeah, I’ll take an orange!” I wanted to make sure runners were taking in nutrition. Captain’s orders!
My teammate Amy was such an awesome banana at the entrance of our aid station that we started to run low on bananas! My job was to make sure there was plenty of food for the 50k runners so I encouraged people to have oranges and other food. There were plenty of other good treats! We didn’t have energy chews nor gels and some runners asked for that. This was a good reminder to make sure to carry specific nutrition like that for yourself because you don’t know what the aid stations will have.
I also learned that runners will carry food wherever they can! One runner stuffed orange and banana slices into her sports bra! She was on the move and wasn’t wasting time! I’ll be sure to stuff my nutrition into my Orange Mud hydration pack. 😉
Speaking of Orange Mud, it was awesome to see four of my fellow Orange Mud ambassadors! They were badass out there and I was excited to cheer them on from my post.
The best part of being at the aid station was seeing so many runner friends. I loved seeing them and chatting with them for a little bit, as I handed them an orange slice, of course. I got to see my coach in action, running the 50k, too! Go Coach Jimmy! And I loved meeting fellow ambassador friends who I’ve only interacted with on social media. Yay, Charlotte and Amber!
Being with my Coyote teammates all day long was really awesome! We fed the runners, refilled their packs, gave them water and Coca Cola, put ice in their hats and bandanas, helped them get medical attention and helped them cool down with ice cold sponges. (I learned I need to train with Coca Cola and I need to make sure I run with my cooling towel.) It was a long day and I was exhausted but it was so much fun!
Whether we’re running or volunteering, it’s all about having fun and sharing memories with good friends! Oh, and having some fruit, too. 🙂
Your path, your pace, Tam