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.