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#687: Volunteer at a race

07 Sep

Volunteer is used loosely, since I had to do it to qualify for the marathon next year (or pay something like $1000, which, yeah).  But despite having to wake up at 5:30am to get there on time, it actually wasn’t too painful.

And it was definitely interesting to watch everyone running by.  The people in the lead were essentially sprinting, and I was stationed near the 2nd mile of the 4 mile race, so these people were sprinting for 4 miles.  It was both inspirational and defeating.

Then the people in the middle also looked like they were going pretty fast, but it could have just been because I was standing still.  It was both inspirational and defeating.

The runners at the end were going so slowly, and looked so miserable, that I wanted to offer to run the rest of the race for them.  But they kept going.  It was both inspirational and defeating.

I wonder what the volunteers think when I run by in a race.  Probably nothing; probably I’m too inconsequential a part of the thousands of other runners–which is both inspirational and defeating.

Is there a theme here?

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