On Saturday our family had the awesome opportunity of volunteering at the St. George Ironman 70.3 race. In previous years Mel and I have worked at the finish line. This year we worked at a run aid station. I'm a fan of anything that involves 1) cheering until I lose my voice, 2) giving ridiculous amounts of high fives, and 3) ringing a cowbell like there is no tomorrow.
It was cool to see some elite athletes, including Heather Wurtele who took 3rd place but has won the St. George Ironman before.
I'll bet we had more than 50 friends competing in the race, including my friend and fellow social worker Catherine.
And Cherie who is one of the most fun, happy human beings I know, along with her amazing photographer hubby Alex.
Me, Mel, and Kylee were in charge of filling cups of water, ice, or Powerade and then passing them out to runners.
I seriously loved seeing my kids so involved in helping with the race.
Jackson was the real trooper. The rest of us volunteered for seven hours but Jackson was there for eight! It was a proud father moment to watch the kids in action.
I was so impressed with the determination of all the athletes. Check out this guy who did the whole run in a full fireman suit. It was a really hot day. I can't image how much he was roasting in this.
Volunteering is so great because you get to have such an active part in the race without any of the suffering! We are excited to do it again next year.