Run for Boston 5KBy now you’ve hopefully heard of the Run for Boston 5K, coming June 15 to Independence Grove in Libertyville … or wherever, as there is a virtual option as well! And whoever is registered for the virtual race can win some pretty sweet swag thanks to Marcia and the sponsor committee.

Somewhere along the way, I got roped into heading up the volunteers. I kid, I kid, I actually did something very similar when I chaired my local Relay For Life event a few years ago, so I knew what I was getting into. And how could I say no, it’s a great cause? (Also how I got roped into Relay For Life.)

So far, it’s been a pretty easy job … try to get as many people as possible to sign up to volunteer (HINT HINT), and at some point, divvy them up into volunteer duties. (Thanks to the recommendations of Art aka Muddy Monk.)

So what all is involved with volunteering for a race? Well, these are the things we need the volunteers to help with:

  • Pre-race packet assembling (including for virtual runners)
  • Race Day Set Up, Packet Pick Up and Registration
  • Parking (that would be directing people, not valeting)
  • Aid Station(s)
  • Course Marshals (if needed)
  • Photographers
  • Post-race Food and Beer Distribution
  • Post-race Finish Line – timing and awards
  • Clean Up – everyone, and any race stragglers still hanging around (mwahaha)

Sounds fun, yes? YES? I’ve volunteered at races (OK, a race) before, and while it is a lot of work, I promise it is a lot of fun, and very rewarding. This race is especially rewarding, as the proceeds will benefit the Who Says I Can’t Foundation and directly to support the rehabilitation of those who lost limbs as a result of the bombs at the Boston Marathon.

And we have beer! I can only assume leftover beer will be donated to the volunteers, yes? YES? At the very least, you’ll get a shirt. Probably cotton, sorry. Check Pinterest for ways to make it cooler.

SO … SIGN UP TODAY