I have lived in the Boston area for over 30 years and I had never experienced a Boston Marathon. I know this should be a crime! Well this year, I decided not only did I wanted to see it in person, but I wanted to be part of the action without the run so I signed up to volunteer at a water stop.
What an experience this was! To truly see what goes on along the route and the work that leads up to the race is amazing and is something that they don't show on TV. Actually seeing the runners come by you, the crowds cheering and the atmosphere of the race itself you can't help but to get caught up in the excitement.
A few observations:
The Runners: Still having most of the race ahead of them, they were some of the most gracious people I have ever met. As they ran by and grabbed a water, they thanked us with a smile for being there. I even got to share a few laughs with them (followed by a sorry) for the many miss grabs of the water cups leaving me soaked. Hey it happens and it was part of the fun.
The Volunteers: Smiled and greeted the runners as they came in, handing out waters and cheering on the runners. When there was a few minutes in between waves, they got right back to work, filling more cups, raking up cups and getting the area ready for the next thousand or so marathoners we would see.
Our Men and Women in Blue/Our Service Men and Women: They were all along the route and there to help in any way, shape or form. They deserve thanks for keeping the many runners, volunteers and workers, and spectators safe and free to embrace the day.
As if I didn't have a full day of marathon fun already, I left Natick and made my way back to Boston to try to catch a few friends come over the finish line. Sadly I missed them, but was able to catch up later and wish them a job well done.
I enjoyed the day so much that I can't wait to do it again next year!
PJ The Eternal Intern. The girl who is no longer getting coffee for Loren & Wally but now calling you to let you know your tickets and prizes are in!