Tuesday, 10 August 2010

My Volunteer Week - The ENDURrun International

It's here again.  This is the week where I volunteer at at the ENDURrun race series.  I have been volunteering for the past 5 or so years along with my kids and hubby.

 Today is the third day of racing, there are seven races covering 160k.  Sunday started out with a half marathon, followed yesterday by a 15k time trial.  This is where the slowest person starts last and then each minute another runner starts, until finally the fastest person starts last.  A very exciting race as you never know who will catch up with the runner ahead.  Today they are running 30k of hills.  This year there is a soldier running in full gear with a huge pack on his back.  He is running to raise awareness of the military and to raise funds for the Wounded Warriors Fund.  Click here to find out more about Nate Malton and his challenge. 

What do I do?  Hand out a heck of a lot of water and Gatorade.  This year they are about 75 participants per stage, and they sure are hungry when finished.  The night before each race I cook.  Last night was two dozen hard boiled eggs yet to become deviled eggs, hummas and a fresh potato salad (oil and vinigar dressing).  No single batches here, we're talking double and triple everything.  Lots of kitchen cleaning for sure.

Each year I also select a book to read in any moments of down time, of which there have been none this year.  I try to pick one with a running theme and have been able to do that again.  Currently reading: Rabbit, Run by John Updike.  This book is recommended by Radcliffe Publishing Course: 100 Best Novels of the Century. It will also count as a read for the Read, Remember, Recommend reading challange sponsored by Bibliobabe.com.

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