New York – 5k and volunteering

As part of my recent obsession for running, whilst I was in New York I decided to take part in the 5k ‘Dash to the Finish’ and volunteer during the NY marathon. The 5k race, the warm up event for the NY marathon, started in Central Manhattan and ended up in Central Park and was a great opportunity to run around NY city and see the sites.

Having ran the London marathon this year I really appreciated the time and the effort put in by the thousands of volunteers. So when I realised that I was going to be in NY during the marathon I immediately thought about whether I could volunteer and was delighted at how easy it was to sign up.

I decided to go to the 16 mile point and hand out Gatorade. 16 miles is a really significant point in a marathon as most of the runners have previously only ran a few miles more than this so this is the point when it really starts to hurt. We started at 7.30am, split into teams of 4 and began setting up our tables of Gatorade. The atmosphere throughout the day was amazing (although not as good as London) and we had a particularly vocal team around us. The thing that really struck me on the day was the appreciation that the runners had for the volunteers and how they expressed it. Us Brits, whilst equally grateful, tend to mutter a thanks to the volunteers or maybe give a quick thumbs up or nod. The Americans, even the quick ones, pause to acknowledge the volunteers and say things like ‘you guys are amazing’ or ‘we couldn’t do this without you’. We ended up finishing around 4.30pm, during that time we witnessed the elite athletes all the way through to those or just wanted to complete 26.2 miles that day.

It was a great day all round and I’m looking forward to more volunteering, possibly at London next year.

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