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Volunteering at Rocky Hill Ranch trail race

Posted in Volunteering on April 20th, 2008 by admin – Be the first to comment

My running buddy Celeste D. told me last week as we were running Town Lake that she was running her first trail race at Rocky Hill Ranch the next weekend. She was nervous and wondered what she had gotten herself into. She was planning to run 25K (15.5+ miles) which was the shortest distance. The race was offering 50K (31+ miles) and 50 miles. Sheesh. Later that night I contacted the Race Director, Joe P., who also was Celeste’s trail running coach, and our mutual marathon coach last year and offered my services as a volunteer. I wanted to surprise Celeste by being at one of her aid stations. After a few e-mails back and forth with Joe I had volunteered to be there for the early morning start and I didn’t know if I’d ever see Celeste.

Now by early morning I mean EARLY morning, that is, 4 AM. So I contacted my son, Matthew, who lives 15 minutes away to see if I could sleep over on Friday night only to find out that his girlfriend had moved in. Now I’m not too smart, but I’ve learned through experience that two’s company and three’s a crowd. So although I stopped by, watched Beth get her purple belt in Kempo Karate, and had dinner with them both when dinner was over I headed out.

I arrived at about 9-10 PM and camped out in my car which included pillows, a sleeping bag, and an alarm clock set for 3:15 AM. The ranch was hosting a Biker night so I pulled my car as far away from the hubbub as I could. This place is way way out in the country, so it was quiet except when all the bikers decided to leave and notify the world with their straight-through exhaust pipes.

All too soon the alarm rang, I got dressed, brushed my teeth, and headed over to the race sign-on area to get my first job of the day. The temperature was in the mid fifties so I wore a fleece over my shirt and jeans. The 50 mile runners were starting at 4 AM. I recorded each 50-mile racer’s number on a sheet so we knew who was out there on the course. The course in general was a 25K/15.5-mile trail that takes it’s name from the ranch, that is, it’s rocky. The 50 mile runners were doing a short out and back before doing three loops of the course to complete their 50 mile distance.

Next I went with Joyce, wife of the race director, in her truck to each of the other aid stations because they were concerned that she might get stuck way in the back of the property. At each station we opened a few cases of water so the stations would be ready for these early racers.

Arriving back I saw the second smaller group of 50-mile runners leave at 6 AM. There were two heats because Joe felt that some people would want to start very early so they would be running when it was less hot. It was expected to be in the 80s Fahrenheit today which to a runner is very hot. I helped set up the start line aid station, but it would be a while before any of these runners would arrive back to the start line for their next loop of the course. We mixed up 5 gallon containers of Gatorade and Heed.

The sun was rising. Just before the 7 AM race I saw Celeste and wished her good luck with her 25 K race. My next temporary assignment would be to help direct the 7 AM starting runners to insure they got on the trail about 100 feet after the start line. You would think this was obvious, but an intersecting dirt road at that point was causing confusion so he wanted someone there pointing the way. Ringing a cow bell and waving my left arm in the proper direction seemed to do the trick. This was the biggest starting group consisting of several hundred people.

After the start I returned to the aid station. As runners finished their loop and arrived back at the start line they crossed a timing mat. We plied them with water, Gatorade, Heed, and Coke and lots of munchies that included M&Ms, jelly beans, Fritos, trail mix, crackers & peanut butter, orange slices, banana chunks, Chex mix, potatoes, Hammer gels, electolyte tablets, etc. Quite a spread of stuff from sweet to salty depending upon what the runners desired. Most of the time was spent asking “runner what can we get you” and then filling their bottle with whatever drink concoction they wanted.

Another running acquaintance, Clarence, was helping at the aid station too. As the morning went on it started to warm up. I was grabbing ice from the coolers in the trailer. When that got low I told Joe who directed Clarence and I to drive to Bastrop’s Walmart and buy 160 pounds of ice. This took us 45 minutes. During the drive Clarence and I talked about his recent Ironman (2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and 26.2 mile running!) in Florida. I was impressed, and I know that I’ll never be able to accomplish something like that. We arrived back and unloaded and again took over help at the station.

There was now two other people there, Dakota and Melissa. Dakota was a teenage runner, and Melissa was recovering from a serious ankle injury – big scar on her ankle. I started making peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches, and continued cutting up oranges and bananas as they became low. There was now a regular flow of runners coming in and we helping them. It is now all a blur – keeping the various food items stocked, and making more if there wasn’t enough.

During a mini-break I saw Celeste finish. I cheered her in as she crossed the mat and congratulated her on her finish. Soon however I was back at the aid station and she was telling me that she had to leave to get back to her family. It was probably before noon when we said our goodbyes. She looked great and very proud to have accomplished this goal. I was sad to see her go, but I didn’t leave then. I worked the afternoon making ham/turkey, cheese and pita-bread roll-up, cutting watermelon pieces and constantly filling runner’s water bottles with ice and drink.

The afternoon flew by and the vast majority of runners had finished. The number of cars and people dwindled. It one point I was worried that we’d run out of water having only four gallons of water left so I mentioned it to Joe. Joyce analyzed the current number of runners out on the course and decided we had just enough water.

With only a handful of runners to finish we started packing up. We left only the timing table and mat in the middle of the field where before the aid station tent, ropes of colored flags and numerous folding chairs had been. I helped pack the trailer with tubs and tubs of food, tarps, poles, tables, and other stuff needed to run the race.

Finally at 7:15 PM there was about eight people left on the course and Joe felt that there was enough people to allow me to leave. I drove home tired and sweaty but feeling good that I had cheered on my running buddy, Celeste, and I had given back to the running community of which I am a member.

Censorship

Posted in Volunteering on March 30th, 2008 by admin – Be the first to comment

I just posted my leg-by-leg synopsis of my recent volunteering at Texas Independence Relay on their website. It was part of a post-mortem that I sent to the race director the day after the race. The other part was a series of overall suggestions and thoughts that I felt would make the relay better, which I left off of the posting. Within a few hours I got a note from the race director saying that he did not feel comfortable having this on the website so he removed it. It’s his website and he has every right to censor my remarks, but it saddens me that I was just telling the truth of what took place as I was doing my job. So I’ll probably never get asked back again after I do this post here, but I think that censorship is unacceptable. So here is what I posted along with the part that I had previously removed. Overall it was a great race and very well organized. Except for this I have nothing but good things to say about the race director.

Note: very long post… sorry.

My name is Brian Watt and I volunteered to help at the TIR. I wanted to learn about distance relay racing having completed six marathons. Yup, I sure did learn. By the way my weekends are quite free these days so I offered to help all weekend. Naturally Race Director Jay took me up on my offer – and did he. My adventure began the week before the race when I drove the course with Jay. Then it continues the next weekend of the race. Finally I end with some exchange-by-exchange notes (which I sent to Jay already), but you might find interesting to see what the “elves” of the race worry about and do… enjoy!

First I cut and pasted this post Texas Independence Relay pre-drive

Second I cut and pasted this post Texas Independence Relay

Leg by leg

Leg 0 (prologue): The first group started at about 5:05 AM. I waited at the start for the group to show up after the prologue. For some unknown reason I totally missed them when they finished the prologue and the single lead runner started toward exchange 1. So after about 20+ minutes I asked if they had finished the prologue – duh!, and someone told me yes. Whoa! Already I was behind. Ugh! And it was dark, and very foggy. I was under a great deal of stress right at the start.

Leg 1: On the way there I made a bad turn and found the missing tent. A lucky mistake. However, then I needed to find the right spot for the tent, because I was lost w/o GPS, which wasn’t working in the big Van I was driving. So I made lots of cell phone calls to Jay. Finally got the tent in the right spot farther down the road.

Leg 3: Several teams asked for porti-potties at this exchange. I have no idea if there were any, but I didn’t see any.

Leg 4: Several team vans said that there was not marker on the highway at 90 & 364 to mark the road to turn down to the exchange. I went back and put some flags there to highlight the corner for the team vans. Also the tents could blew over easily. The one at Exchange 4 was destroyed and a jumbled mess at the top of the hill in the park. The local people had moved the new tent to the end of Park Road 3. I painted a sign (luckily I had paint in cardboard and tape from decorating the vehicle) and taped it to a pole. Also added flags to help direct the runners at the top of the hill.

Leg 5: Move the exchange to the far side of Shiner Brewery parking lot. Had to paint a sign and added flags to direct runners where to go.

Leg 6: Unable to use cell phone in out-of-the-way places. Didn’t phone ahead. Just drove on. There was more than enough time.

Leg 7: Bring binoculars to see lead runner in the distance. Some of the running teams had binoculars and they helped me see who was coming.

Leg 12: No volunteers at exchange. Had to leave and continue even if no volunteers are there.

Leg 14: Runners are now an hour early. Lead teams were too fast, and arrived at exchanges too early (60 to 90 minutes early). Jay adjust your overall min/max planning schedules

Leg 17: Bought lots of toilet paper and began to stock porti-potties as an additional job.

Leg 19: Colorado River was a nightmare. In the future I suggest that each team should usher their own runner across the river on the narrow bridge. They’ve got vans and they are on the same road, so have them stop and help their own people. For this race Chris and Karol stayed back to help usher teams across. No police there, and when he arrives he can’t do anything except keep his lights on. Need more signage to tell cars in both directions to slow down and say there are runners on bridge.

Leg 28: Had to go back and add flags and signage at Gaston and Circo Ranch Rd. Missed the lead runner arrive at the exchange by about a minute.

Leg 30: I remember hearing a rumor that people are not entering the park (George Bush Trail). Need more signage telling them where to go.

Leg 31: Teams are concerned about women in the park (George Bush Trail) at 3 AM in the morning – this is a safety issue. We suggest that if the team is concerned that two different team members stay together in the park, or another team member goes with them. IMHO We need to do something about this. Also police are telling me that there are motorcyclists that are in the park and could pose a danger to the runners.

Leg 31: Path at back of the building needs to be better highlighted. The tent has some direction signs to be put on cones. Also had to create a sign for vans in the parking lot pointing to where the exchange is located. One early runner did not follow the path down under the street. I ran across the street with a direction (right) cone and placed it at the end of the path over the underpass directing runners to turn and go down under the road.

Leg 32: No police at Wilcrest and Briar Forest, but never called to race central. Didn’t notice until later at the next exchange. Maybe we were just too early.

Leg 34: Added flags at nature center to highlight that the runners are to go by it and further along the path.

Leg 36: Checked to make sure golf course entry gate is open. It was. Add note to runner directions that if a golf course gates are close, the runners are to go over or around them. We were asked to check if the exit gate was open. We didn’t check ourselves. We asked the lead runner after the golf course if there was a problem with the gate and she said, no, it was obvious what to do.

Exchange 36: In Mason park (after the golf course) it was unclear where the “Mason Park Path” was after the light. There were three choices – one by the lake, one along the road, and one between. We had people running all over to try to make the decision. Finally realized that the path was by the lake. Added flags to help direct.

Leg 40: Never got the last exchange time, don’t know why, maybe just didn’t really know where exchange 40 was (at the brick columns), or I was just so totally brain-dead after 29 hours. Or maybe there was no longer a need to project ahead to the next exchange since there wasn’t any more exchanges because my job was done. In any case, I never saw them arrive and I have no idea when they arrived. Sorry.

Here are my overall recommendations:

Pre-drive was essential. Later during the race the marker cones along the way helped to confirm the path. These cones became confirmation of the path on the day of the race.

Vehicle decorations (flags and paint) helped make the lead vehicle noticeable to the running teams, the local volunteers, the towns people, and the police. I think it was a good idea.

I never pre-phoned the week before to any of the volunteers. I entered all the numbers into my phone but I was unable to verify the phone numbers before the race started because I got the final list at the last moment, and the first leg was very stressful. As a result both Chris and I had to dial them by hand. He started using his own Cell phone, but he had no Cell phone charger. So after a while his phone died and he had to use my Cell phone. I have no idea how much money was spent using our Cell phones in this way.

My GPS was not working because the van was so long that it couldn’t see out the back of the van for any of the satellites. It kept seeking satellites. So I started in the entire race without the “crutch” that I had expected.

Also I had assumed I would have a co-pilot (the night before the race I was told that Bill would be my co-pilot), but at the start (Bill’s wife did not want to drive in the dark) that changed. Then with the first tent missing, Jay said he would come with me. Then after the tent was found because it was not set up at the right location, I suggested that Jay stay back. Finally Jay said that Chris would be my co-pilot and join me at a later exchange. This was fine, and in the long haul having Chris was a great benefit.

The lead vehicle did too much set-up because volunteers were rarely there that early. We set up the cones and tape. We set up blinkies on the cones. We set up the flag and tent number. We set up the garbage box and put the garbage bag in it. We marked the parking with a cone. Later we re-stocked the porti-potties with TP.

If someone else ever does the lead vehicle job you need to discuss the expenses beforehand and paying for them – what is reasonable and what isn’t. It was shortsighted of me and I should have talked with you about it and I would had been less worried as the money was spent. I should have assumed that the van would need gas. I didn’t expect that the van when I picked it up would not have a full tank. So I stopped and filled it up. It required $50, which surprised me because I drive a little Hinda Civic. I didn’t know if I would ever get paid back because we hadn’t talked about it. Also I hadn’t expected that Chris would have no money. But I freely lent him some yet I never knew if I would ever get paid back. I was especially worried when we had to buy $50 in toilet paper. So as the bills piled up I had no idea if you could afford it.

Make the runner numbers bigger so they are easier to see. I was trying to record the lead runner numbers. They were hard to see, not impossible, but just hard compared to other race’s running numbers.

The lead vehicle must demand the volunteers put on their shirts so later team vans will see them. We need to tell the volunteers to stay away from the tent and to position themselves at the parking. The tent fools people.

Two people in lead vehicle was very helpful – one driving and the other doing communications. Thanks to Chris. He helped reduce the information overload. However, when he was stuck at the Colorado River, I was able to manage on my own – just barely.

Lead vehicle had too much powered equipment and not enough 12V outlets. Cell phone, computer, and GPS. Had to swap power from device to device. I had bought a splitter, but the lighter in the van did not allow it to be used. So I could only power one device at a time. The priority was: cell, computer, and then GPS. For the most part the GPS was off because of the co-pilot, because the route was so well marked, and because I had already driven the course.

No way to record and communicate where all the cones were placed so the sag wagon would know where to pick them up. I moved several into corners of parking lots that were hundred of feet from the exchange. Somehow I wish I could have marked on a map where I put them so the sag wagon could pick them up and you wouldn’t lose them.

We need a better plan as to what I should do after all was over at the end. I was more than willing to help with the party set up. However, I was also a zombie and felt that I was always one or two steps behind the people there. Also I didn’t feel that anyone was giving me specific jobs to do. So I finally went to the van and went to sleep for about 2 hours.

Suggest two lead vehicles one for the first half and the other for the second half. I think 29 hours is too long for one person to do this job by themselves – this is a safety issue. Although I never nodded off, and I kept awake it was only with Chris being co-pilot that helped me stay awake.

Karol was helpful, but I didn’t feel she was needed. However she was essential at the Colorado River to help ferry runners across and then later to get Chris back to me. She drove such a long way, and should have had a more meaningful responsibility.

There were times when we would have liked to have told race central general information but did not because the cell number was kept for emergencies only. It would be nice to have a general information cell number and a means to publish to all interested parties.

Only once when I tried to get Jay by Cell phone was his cell phone was line busy – this was excellent. We didn’t have information overload from our point of view.

Cell phone was unable to connect out in the country at some exchanges. So had to go to the next town to get a Cell signal. Luckily didn’t have to go back ever to an exchange in this case.

Several times Chris and I rushed back to a spot to add new signage to help direct the runners and the vans. For example, the tent was moved on Park Road 3 to the end – needed to create painted signs (luckily I had paint and cardboard and tape). For example, on Cinco Ranch the right hand turn was unclear (one of the team vans told us that) so we rushed back and tried to make it clearer. For example, at the path behind the building we needed to add a sign with arrows. We need to bring sign making materials in the lead vehicle – markers, cardboard on sticks, and tape.

We also added in a series of flags to help further direct runners visual clues. For example at the park we wanted to direct runners to the path with a series of flags. So in the future I would not hand out as many flags to the volunteers and instead keep some flags for helping with directions.

The tents were too big causing them to blow over in the wind. Yes, I know that they were big to be visible too. Also they attracted the volunteers who would sit under it and not go to the packing area. However I know of at least three that were bent or ruined. One or two times I had to re-anchor a tent to keep it from blowing over. Luckily I had brought rope and a knife with me. Next time provide rope, tent anchors, and a knife to help anchor them if it is windy. Oh, one other thing, twice I had to tie the garbage container to a nearby fence to stop it from blowing away.

Add the stocking of the TP in the porta-potties to be a lead vehicle responsibility. Or talk to the vendor and tell them that there were several without toilet paper. We spent approximately $50 in TP, and by the time we ended we did not have any left.

The computer spreadsheet was useful to project the time of the lead runner to the next exchange point. I would use it again the next time to help approximate when the lead runner will arrive at the next stop. This helped both the exchange volunteers and the runner’s teammates.

If I ever drive the van again and leave to return, we need to plan what things I can load into the van to return to Round Rock. I’m sorry if this caused you problems. I was very happy to get something to eat at the end. The pizza was great, but next time it should be immediate, because Chris and I hadn’t eaten all night or that morning. You’ve got to understand that the end really wasn’t my party because I didn’t have a team or any friends there. Also I was a volunteer and not a member of the “inner circle” so I couldn’t celebrate with Jay and Joy and their family and friends. I felt out of it. So after a bit of sleep I felt that my job was done and it was time to go home. I wish my car was there so I could have left with out taking your van.

Conclusion:

So all you racers had your experiences and just to let you know that all us volunteers, who were scurrying around behind the scene, had ours too. Best wishes to you all and I hope to see you again next year – maybe as a runner.

Texas Independence Relay

Posted in Volunteering on March 3rd, 2008 by admin – Be the first to comment

Was away all weekend at the Texas Independence Relay. More to follow…

Update: I drove a borrowed Van filled with stuff down to Gonzales on Friday night. One of the Gonzales people allowed me to stay at their place overnight. I had to get up at 4 AM (reminded me of some of my long run days) for the start of the race. Then I was on the move with my partner Chris, a friend of the race director, for the next 30 hours straight from relay exchange to relay exchange all 40 of them dropping off stuff and help setting them up – yup, no sleep. Finally I arrived at the San Jacinto monument at about 10:00 AM Sunday where a big bash was planned, and so it was. There was even a semi-trailer truck that was a portable pizzeria. I tried to help set up for the party, but I was a brain-dead zombie. So about 1 PM I took a nap until 3 PM when I decided to drive home. By the time I left the park there were thousands of people all over the park including all the teams (about 120 of them with 8-12 people per team), their friends and family, and many volunteers. I arrived back home at 6:30 PM. Needless to say I was in bed by about 9 PM. Wow, what a weekend.

Texas Independence Relay pre-drive

Posted in Volunteering on February 25th, 2008 by admin – Be the first to comment

I’ve volunteered to help at a 200-mile 40-exchange relay road race on March 1&2 (yes, it’s two days long from Saturday to Sunday). It is called the Texas Independence Relay and goes from Gonzales, TX to East Houston, TX. I will be the lead vehicle, which means I stay with the lead runner who ever it is, and phone ahead to the next exchange to tell them we’re coming. When I get to an exchange I need to drop off a packet of supplies with the volunteer there and help set up the exchange. So yesterday I drove the course with the race director, Jay H. We started at 6:30 AM from the house, and drove to Gonzales. At 8:10 AM we began our journey and drove to each and every exchange to East Houston and the San Jacinto monument. We finished at 4:25 PM – that’s 8 hours and 15 minutes and we didn’t stop much. During the trip I used the maps from the race. I also used a Garmin StreetPilot GPS that I had borrowed and downloaded a route which I entered earlier in the week. It was a lifesaver since it helped keep me on the route. After we were done I asked Jay if he knew how to get home and he said yes, so I turned off the GPS and we headed back home. This was fine until we got to Brenham and made a mistake because we were talking too much. It was only when we had gone miles and miles north and the road unexpectedly ended in a T-intersection that we realized we had made a mistake. OK, so I turned on the GPS and told it to plot a route to home. Neat. No problem. We were again driving along heading home albeit on a longer path toward the south. Again we were talking and I didn’t realize we had entered a small town until I looked in my rearview mirror and saw that we were being pulled over by a police car. Yup. I got a speeding ticket (my second in 40 years) in Thrall, TX for driving 60 in a 50-mph zone. Ouch. Oh, I now need to pay about $200. Double, Triple, and Quadruple Ouch. I finally got home about 8:30 PM. What an adventure. Let’s hope that next week is less eventful.

Volunteered at Rogue Women’s Tri

Posted in Volunteering on July 8th, 2007 by admin – Be the first to comment

Today I volunteered at the Rogue Women’s Tri in San Marcos, TX. It was an all-women’s ‘super sprint’ triathlon consisting of a 300 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and 2 mile run. I woke at 4:30 AM, left the house at 5:00 AM, and arrived at 5:55 AM to sign in as a volunteer. I worked in the Transition area for the day first checking athlete’s equipment as they arrived (number on bike, end caps on handle bars, and helmet with safety stickers), next I was on the “Bike Out” area directing athletes to the “Bike Mount Line”, third I directed traffic back in from the “Bike Dismount Line” to the “Bike In” area, and finally I helped dismantle all the racks and fences surrounding the transition area. I think I was done around 11:30 AM and got home at 12:30 PM a bit sore for having stood on my feet all morning, but happy to have helped. The weather was dry but cloudy so I wasn’t too sunburned after having been out all morning. This was my first experience with a triathlon, and several people were kind enough to answer my many questions about this form of competition. I found it quite interesting and I wondered if it would be something I would ever try.

Volunteering at the Maze trail run

Posted in Volunteering on May 7th, 2007 by admin – 1 Comment

I woke early at 5:15 AM and drove about 2 miles to the Walnut Creek Park. The yearly trail run series’ first race, the Maze, was being run today and I volunteered to help with it. I did wherever I could. Most of the time I teamed with Daniel and Shaun. I worked from 6 AM to 1 PM lugging water, helping at an aid station handing out cups of water to runners, serving lettuce on hamburgers and veggie burgers, eating two hot dogs, and just doing whatever they told me to do. The scene was casual and enjoyable.

Bandera volunteer

Posted in Volunteering on January 14th, 2007 by admin – 1 Comment

Well I just returned from Bandera, TX and volunteering at the Bandera 25K/50K/100K. I’m quite tired yet quite satisfied

On last Friday I took 1/2 day off and left home about 2:30 PM. About 137 miles of driving and a few hours later I arrived at the Hill Country State Natural Area. I found the CrossRoads aid station area where I’d be working, but no one was here. So I drove about 1.5 mile further to the registration area. There I learned that dinner would be in about 1 hour. So back to the aid station and set up my borrowed tent before it got dark. I did an OK job setting it up, not great, just OK.
Then it was back to registration for a spaghetti dinner where I met a few people including Dan, the head of the CrossRoads aid station. After dinner at 6:45 PM I returned to the aid station area, but now it was dark. So I climbed into my tent, got ready for bed and read a book until I was tired. Over the night it began to rain. It drizzled on and off all night. However at about 3:45 AM I woke with water dripping into the tent. Ugh. I can’t handle a wet bed. So I took all my things out of the tent, packed them up, put them into the car, went to the porta-pottie, and went to sleep in the car. At 6:30 AM Dan work me up by tapping on the car window. The rain had mostly stopped, but everything was damp, yes everything. The temperature was between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. So after getting up I met many of the other volunteers and I helped prepare the aid station. The race started at 7:30 AM several miles away
The lefthand tent was actually two aid stations. The back was CrossRoads-In and the front was CrossRoads-Out. Between the two is about a 5 mile inner loop. The righthand tent was for runner’s drop bags. At about 9 AM the first 25K runners arrived. I helped fill the bottles with water, Gatorade or Heed and provided cups of this and sodas. Throughout the day various 25K, 50K, and 100K runners arrived and I did whatever Dan told me to do. A few brief showers occurred during the day. The mud and muck was always present. Our shoes were caked with it. Everything was damp or wet. Then about 5 PM the weather suddenly changed. The temperature dropped 30 degrees down to 40 degrees. We could see our breath. Suddenly the runner’s requests changed from water to cool down to hot food to warm up. They started using their drop bags to add clothes, and change socks. This continued throughout the night. Different runners would arrive in various levels of pain, exhaustion, and awareness. Some stopped for moments, others stayed many minutes, most continued on and a few DNF’ed right there. We cheered them all into the station. We helped where we could. Finally at about 1:30 AM the last 100K runner came through and we were done. Note: that runner still had 10 miles to reach 100K (about 62 miles). During the day I had fixed up my tent and this time hopefully it would not leak, but early in the morning I was woken by dripping noises. At about that time Dan told me that it was time to wake up.
It was still wet and quite cold. For the next few hours I helped pack up – this time with a much smaller team of six. By the time I was finally released by Dan I was soaking wet and muddy. So I changed all my clothes and headed home. It was fun. The sense of community at the aid station was great because we had to work together for the whole weekend. And Dan was great to work for. I’d do it again.

Volunteering for Bandera trail race

Posted in Volunteering on January 2nd, 2007 by admin – Be the first to comment

I just sent my name as a volunteer for the Bandera 100K/50K/25K trail race. Bandera is about 150 miles from Austin, TX. I’ll be leaving home on Friday night 1/12 and returning on Sunday 1/14 afternoon. By that time I should be totally exhausted. The race is held in the Hill Country State Natural Area. The Rogue group “is responsible for manning the “Crossroads” aide station from 7:00AM on Saturday, January 13, to 3:00AM on January 14. Crossroads is the “D/FW airport” of the Bandera race and is really two aide stations in one. The 50K and 100K racers will see it several times during their journey.” I’ll probably be sleeping in my car with my sleeping bag. Anyways it’s something to look forward to…

Trail race volunteer

Posted in Volunteering on June 19th, 2006 by admin – Be the first to comment

I helped at a water station on Sunday morning for “The Belt” trail race. I didn’t run today.