The Olympic Marathon Trials came to the great city of Los Angeles on Saturday, February 13, 2016! I had the honor of volunteering for this special event with my fellow Orange Mud ambassadors! The top three runners would be moving on the Rio Olympics in the summer. It was so awesome to be part of this special event!
We checked in near Dodger Stadium and got our badges and tech shirts.
I found fellow running friends at check-in! Yay, Consuela and Sawna!
We boarded buses according to where we would be on the course. Our Orange Mud Team was stationed at Exposition Park near the Coliseum.
We listened to instructions. Our job was to course marshall and make sure spectators didn’t get in the way of the runners. Easy enough, I hoped!
We had plenty of time before the race began at 10 am so we walked on the course to check things out and get coffee.
Cool! Mile markers were being put in place, timing mats were out–exciting!
My boyfriend, Wayne, joined the team, too!
It was super cool to meet up with my fellow Orange Mud Am-badass-adors and our fearless leader, owner of OM, Josh! We had a great time working together!
A few of us were placed at a tricky turn in the course. We had to watch out for pedestrians from several places!
We got to chat with an Olympic Course Official who has worked many Games and knew so much about the runners. He told us awesome fun facts and told us what he would be looking for. His job was to make sure runners didn’t cheat, cut the course or walk off course and come back again and much more.
The media trucks came first!
Next, the cyclists to lead the runners.
Here they come! The men started first.
Then the women ran! They ran 3 loops of the course so we’d see them again. I had a semi-tough job watching over this curve. Spectators tried to get too close as runners were hugging the tangent. I had to really be firm and tell people to please move back and not get too close! Everyone was very kind. I only had one guy who was difficult but luckily the police officer dealt with him.
Meb!!! I got to see Meb!
It was so cool to see these amazing runners who inspire us all! It was excited to see them up close and I applauded the runners who were suffering in the heat but still pushing along. I kept thinking, no matter how fast we go, we’re all going this same distance and all can be proud to be run and go as far as we go. It was an amazing day. It was a long day. It was tiring. But it was worth it! I volunteered, I was with fellow runners and afterward, I stored the positive energy from the day for my own race the next day–the Los Angeles Marathon!
Your path, your pace, Tam