Case in point, my hometown event...the Grinnell Games.
Have you ever run such a race? An event that you could walk (or run or bike) to the start line? It's nice when most of the law enforcement personnel, manning the intersections, call you by name (and not because you've been a bad girl). And, as a bonus, you recognize all of the race volunteers on the street corners and can personally thank them, by using their name.
This past weekend, I participated in the 2019 Grinnell Games, running the 5K. I have been a huge supporter of this weekend of events since its inception, in 2012. After all, as a runner, I think it's important to support the local events that, in turn, promote the very sport that I love so much.
|Various event & volunteer shirts from previous years|
Another thing that I appreciate is the familiarity of the race course. Even though the Grinnell Games events (race distances and routes) have varied over the years, I think I have run on most of the city streets at one time or another while training. Several of the streets see action, via my running shoes, on a weekly basis. No surprises on race day.
|What a difference 12 miles can make! At the 1-mile mark and approaching the finish line in 2016...it was hot and I was tired|
Finally, I've been able to give back as a volunteer myself. With the variety of events that have been offered over the years, I've had plenty of opportunities to not only pin on a race bib, but also don a safety vest.
|the 5K in 2018|
|2014 half marathon... the morning after the evening 10K trail race|
|My first trail race, a 10K full of hills, slippery grass and dirt (2013)|