As soon as I learned that I would not be able to run the Lawyers Have Heart 10K this year, I contacted the organizers to see if I could be a race volunteer. It’s been a few years since I’ve volunteered at a race, and volunteering was on my list of things I really wanted to do this year.
I wanted to give back to the running community, and this race means so much to me personally. being a race volunteer was a way for me to be involved even if I couldn’t run.
I told the volunteer coordinator that I would prefer an early shift, not realizing what that meant for a race with a 7:30 am start time!
I set my alarm for 4:00 am, checked in at 5:00 am, and counted the minutes until Starbucks opened at 6:30. I was helping with race day registration, which wasn’t too busy. I handed out t-shirts and swag bags, answered questions when I could, and directed runners to the porta-pottys that were waaaay down the street.
One of my favorite things about Lawyers Have Heart is seeing the t-shirts that different law firms make. I was shameless about asking people if I could take pictures of their shirts!
This was my favorite heart-related slogan (from the law firm Fish & Richardson)
This was my favorite law-related slogan
But I can’t remember the law firm, so I guess it’s a branding fail. 😉
This was my firm’s shirt.
I really like the volunteer shirt too.
I ended up with four shirts from this race–the regular race shirt, my firm’s shirt, my volunteer shirt, and a technical shirt that was a thank you for my fundraising. (Thanks to all of you by the way–did you see that I
reached exceeded my fundraising goal?!)
At the American Heart Association’s information booth, I learned a new mnemonic for the warning signs of stroke.
Do you know about the stroke symptoms for women?
Aside from the 4:00 am alarm, this volunteer experience was easy and painless. I only wish that I had a more active post–maybe at the “information” table where I could help sooth pre-race jitters, at a water stop where I could encourage everyone, or at the finish line where I could congratulate great efforts. I guess the same way I try to figure out how to make my next race better, I am planning for my next shift as a race volunteer. 😉
Is there an organization that’s close to your heart?