From a recent version of Wingfoot Magazine:
Crew Chief since: 2012, but a volunteer since 1989
Races he volunteers at: Northside Hospital Atlanta Women's 5K, Peachtree Junior, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler, Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon.
Give us a brief summary of the day: I awake for the best part of the day – sunrise! I meet and greet all of my team, provide race information, assign course locations, share instructions about their own safety and the safety of the participants and encourage them to have fun. I often bring my bike so that I can ride the part of the course that we monitor to make sure all our volunteers are in the correct position and ready to go. After the event, I meet them for turning in gear, thank them for their service and encourage them to volunteer again. Later that day, I send another thank you email for sharing part of their day to make the day great for so many others.
What's your favorite part about being a course monitor? I enjoy being up and active as the sun rises on another day. I love the challenge of learning and remembering our crew's names and get a lot of satisfaction when the event goes well and runners and volunteers are all safe.
Why should other people volunteer to be course monitors? It's fun, energizing and provides a great community connection. It is also rewarding to watch people achieve new goals.
Do you have a favorite memory? Doing the setup for the AJC Peachtree Road Race in the pouring rain for two hours and then, miraculously, the rain stopped just before the race began. Also, any time I get to volunteer alongside my awesome daughter, Blais, or see Blais or her brother, Robert, approach me on the course when they're running."