Archive for August, 2009

Volunteering for the City2Surf

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Today, along with some other people from church, I volunteered to help out with the water tables for the City2Surf.

We had to get up at 6am to get there around 7:30am (picking some people up on the way). It was quite cold but not too bad for August. It was a nice sunny day too, which made things more bearable.

At our designated station (about 5km from the finish) we set up tables and filled them with plastic cups. We filled up the cups with tap water using jugs dipped into lined garbage bins that were filled up with hoses. We then layered cardboard over the cups to make a second level of drinks. Some tables had three levels.

The police were running up and down the course ensuring that it was free from vehicles. It was just as well, because one car had managed to find its way onto the course after the race started. The police quickly found him and got him to turn around just in time before the first runner came down our street!

For the next two or three hours after the race started I was basically standing in one spot holding out cups of water to the runners. It was a bit of a strain on the shoulders and lower back (as we were leaning over the table) but it was fun seeing the runners that were dressed in crazy outfits.

Apparently there were 75,000 runners this year, making it the world’s largest running event. Pretty cool! As volunteers we also got a special t-shirt, which was cool too 🙂 It was pretty fun but a lot of hard work.