Friday, November 14, 2008

Two Cities Marathon

Last weekend Fresno county hosted it's first marathon (ever or in a whole bunch of years I cant remember which. It was called Two Cities Marathon and a Half. The event surprisingly ended up filling my weekend. On Friday night I went to an event sponsored by the Women's Studies department. Katherine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter and run in the Boston Marathon was speaking. She was in town for the two cities marathon to be a motivational speaker for the people participating (running or walking) but Fresno State invited her to come to more specifically address the area of female involvement in athletics, empowerment, including more Women's Events in the Olympics, and taking the marathon to women in other countries! Pretty interesting.

Saturday afternoon there was an organizational barbecue for all the volunteers. We got our shirts and were told more about where to be and what needed to be done.

Sunday morning, I reported to our water station at 6:30 am. For those of you who have read or heard about my troubles waking up on important mornings, my mom hid two alarms in my room the night before. I did wake up. At our water station we filled over 2,000 cups with water for runners and walkers! That's a LOT for Fresno. I think I read that around 3,000 people were signed up to participate! It was quite the event to see and help with! I'm glad I volunteered! (Even if it was for the extra credit!)

Here you can see the runners coming down the road!In the bottom left corner you can see the cups lined up on the table! I was still filling cups to keep the table stocked. Being a person holding out water is risky, especially with the runners, because they don't want to lose momentum by slowing down to get the water they sort of grab and throw hoping some of the water lands in their mouths. Other runners just take a gulp, and spit it back out! Yep, filling cups was safe!

Another cool part about Sunday was that I got to see my friends Randy and Luke running! Yay! You guys are troopers!

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