The weather is starting to warm up which means race season is in full bloom as well. Now, we all know that these events happen year-round, however, the Spring and Summer months seem to be the high time for these competitions. 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, Triathalons, Iron Man, the list goes on (and on). Some races exist as fundraisers for causes (breast cancer, lukemia/lymphoma, etc.) and some as fundraisers for your local park districts. Some races are competitive, and some are just for fun like the bubble run or color run. My point here is, there is bound to be a race or competition near you sometime in the near future. And they are always looking for volunteers.
Last year, I wrote about a mini triathalon in my area that I volunteered for. One of the things I pointed out was that, a husband/wife couple (and close friends) volunteer every year and work the same station together. I also worked a station with another husband/wife couple (and close friends). It is an easy activity that you can do together while also supporting a cause and cheering on any neighbors who are participating.
The “with a twist” that I am referring to above is, that, I volunteered for a race that my SO participated in. So, while we were not technically doing this activity together, I was still there to see him and cheer him on at that start of the race and then I had something to do while he is running. I also got to see him again after the race.
This year I volunteered for the Quarryman Challenge in Lemont. This unique race hosts a 5K and a 10 mile run though the streets of Lemont. The HILLY streets of Lemont.
What makes this particular run “unique” is the end game. They serve free beer and pizza to all of the finishers! This is one of my SO’s favorite runs simply for this treat. Others would agree as they had almost 700 runners this year.
The other “unique” aspect is the prize for the top runners. They do not hand out the standard medal. Lemont was known, back in the day, for its quarries and the production of dolomite (a version of limestone). Each winner (3rd place and up) gets a chunk of rock from the quarry with an engraved plate.
So, look up some races or other events near you this summer and volunteer together. It is a great feeling to support your community and neighbors. And who doesn’t like a free t-shirt?