I love working races, especially the 2 Austin Runners Club races that are each year. Sunday was Decker challenge, the biggest ARC event of the year. It features a half marathon, half marathon relay, the Double Decker (full), and also includes the Travis County Brown Santa 5K.
It’s a pretty well known course. 2 things are guaranteed. #1 it’ll be hilly, #2 it’ll be windy. Sunday was both of those things and pretty cold. Luckily it wasn’t raining like last year.
The race was a great success, despite some speedbumps along the way during the week of. Lots of happy runners and volunteers 🙂
The one photo of me and i’m not even paying attention. That’s me coordinating the age-group winner prizes, Megan announcing, and AK’s husband Charles handing out an award. Travis county constructed a new stage as you can see, too bad they didn’t finish the plywood front, lol!
I wore many “hats” that morning, definately the most jobs I’ve had on Decker day! Volunteer coordinator, race result runner, awards coordinator, merchandise sales, and food prep. I cut over 1000 Einstein’s Bagels that morning. Interesting fact, when the cornmeal on the bottom of their bagels gets into your sanitary gloves it HURTS! I have a cornmeal blister!
-Women don’t plan ahead for personal hygiene needs. I got asked for tampons no less than 7 times. And the medics came to ask me too, because their supply had been depleated. Really? That’s one of the first things I think about. Maybe i’m just weird that I pack my bag at least the day before with anything I MAY need. And I keep things like sunscreen, gels, and those feminine things packed in my bags at all times, just in case.
-I got asked to hold people’s keys before the race way too many times. Also, something I plan for. I always figure something for my car keys if I have to.
-Amazed that people still don’t understand that clothing dropoff is “at your own risk”. I got a bunch of scowls when I reminded people of that. If you can’t live without it, then don’t bring it! (Especially if you are throwing your clothes off at the on-course drop-off!)
-That someone would attempt Double Decker for their first full marathon. This happens every year. I don’t understand this at all. And I also don’t understand when those same people don’t finish before the cutoff and they get mad!
People make me laugh every day pretty much 😉