Sunday, May 28, 2006

Serious fun

Today was a planned rest day because a few weeks ago I decided to volunteer at the Pacific Coast Trail Run at Forest Park. This is their first run in Oregon; all their other runs are in northern or central California.

About 75 runners showed up for either the 10K, 20K, 30K or 50K. A few were attempting the 50K for the first time. I helped from 7am to noon, checking in runners and handing out t-shirts as they finished. Perhaps because it was a small group, it didn't really feel like work. More like a bunch of friends hanging out, talking, and enjoying a misty Sunday morning in Oregon. I met a few women who were wearing their Red Lizard shirts. I've been intrigued by this local running club and they encouraged me to come out for some of their training runs.

Sarah and Wendell advertise their runs as Serious Fun. Admittedly, I didn't see any 50k runners finish. But every other runner had a smile on their face as they came through the finish line. Next year, I'm looking forward to running with them too.

3 comments:

olga said...

Hey, you started blogging!
I knew about this race by PCT and even thought of joining, but being a training run, the cost wasn't justified:) Yep, all runners smiled. Glad you had a fun day.

matt said...

that is great that you went out there to volunteer for the race. i am getting inspired by you and a few other blogging friends to go out there and do my part, too. i am glad you had a rewarding day off like this and good luck with your 15-miler tomorrow.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

sounds fun! I love volunteering at races, always fun to chill in the atmosphere.