|We got the awesome Nike jacket & hat for volunteering!|
We were assigned to the first table of the station and had to prepare four stacked layers of Gatorade.
|Gatorade table crew|
By the time we finished, the sun had risen, but not the temperature. It was a chilly day!
None of them grabbed any Gatorade, but our station was a long one and they may have grabbed something later down the line.
Once the runners started to pass, they did not stop! I think 40,000 in all, but there was one runner in particular we were there to support - my daughter Cate!
This was her first marathon and she was looking strong when she passed our station!
We traveled to Chicago to spend the weekend with Cate and cheer her on during the race. Volunteering was a last minute decision, but it made the day even better. Everyone we worked with was so nice, (most of them runners) and they do this year after year. This most likely will be a one time event for us, since we don't live in Chicago, but I would recommend it to anyone nearby.
|Elvis entertaining the runners along the route|
We consulted the map to see where we could catch up with her again and headed to mile 21 and Chinatown, a part of Chicago I have never been to. We got there well ahead of her, but found a great spot on the sidewalk to watch the runners and wait for her to pass.
While waiting, this piece of bacon ran by and then in the distance we saw her! She looked great, running strong and steady not even looking tired!
We gave her encouragement to keep it up for the last 5 miles and hopped back on the train to head to the finish line.
That same day, she even considered the thought of running another!
Our day at the marathon was long and cold and fabulous!!