Yesterday I volunteered at the Cool Breeze Triathlon in Huntersville, NC. My job was to greet, provide security, and assist in transition. When the transition area opened it was just a degree above freezing and the day only had a high of 47. You could watch some of the athletes turn blue as they raced. It took a lot of guts to race at those temps and with rain on and off. I was hoping to meet LB from My Reason to Run, but did not get the chance. According to the results, she did very well but I won't spoil it for her.
I talked to quite a few people and many came from far away to race. I spoke to one person who drove from Richmond, Virginia and I spoke to several men and women who were racing representing the U.S. Naval Academy Triathlon Team. I asked why so many people came so far for this race. They told me that coming this far is the only way to get races in this early in spring. This makes me glad to live here, although I'd rather be in SoCal or Florida- but the grass is always greener.
While working yesterday here are the top 5 reasons I came up with for volunteering-
5. Free T-Shirt,
4. Chance to spy on the elites and their equipment,
3. Encouraging and cheering for racers who may not have families with them,
2. Watching hot, wet chicks strip without a 2 drink minimum or the need for a stack of ones, and
1. Helping continue the sport by allowing others to race.