Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hood to Coast. I done my time.

Work up this morning at 3:00 and drove myself on over to St. Helens to volunteer for my friend Shelia's Hood to Coast team (each team had to provide 3 volunteers). Thank goodness Mark and I drove the route last week: it was down a country road and there were several volunteers I spoke with who got lost and were a couple of hours late.

It was beautiful there, watching the sun rise and feeling the energy from the runners and their team mates. I met some really nice volunteers as well, and one man recognized me from when he worked at Intel. Small world, eh?

Lots of porta potties. Good thing: they got used a lot, trust me!

And you thought runners didn't have a sense of fashion!

Loved how some of the vans were decorated. The team members for this van wore a similar beanie.

I followed them through St. Helens on my way and I cracked up when I read it. Go Lemmings!

Yes, that's an outhouse on the top of the van, and it was blaring out music for the masses.

The door. Enough said.

Folks who were ready to run the next leg of the journey waited here, and as each runner arrived their team number was announced so the next runner could be ready to hand off the team number.

I remember this guy couldn't take his number off fast enough! This leg of the run was all uphill, on a gravel road, and anyone who ran this deserves a big hand. I was so impressed.

Loved this van. Too funny!

I was talking to someone and they said, 'Oh, you're one of those folks that aren't official. You're one of them offical folks'. Come to find out some of the shirts were misprinted and I got one of them. Loving it! So I'm offical: deal with it.

It was fun helping out, and I'm glad I could be there for Shelia and her team. Kathy, if you want to put together a team for next year, and we WALK, I will be there. Oh yes, I will be there.

1 comment:

Capi said...

Mary, you lucky pup, you got one of the "collector" t-shirts. Mine was "official." It is so fun helping out the PTC/HTC participants; most of them are wonderfully friendly and appreciative of their volunteers. My assignment was at the edge of Seaside... 1.5 miles until DONE.