When I found out late last week that Dan was going to be working this weekend, I decided that this was my chance to volunteer. I had considered doing the Oakland Triathlon (or Aquabike) earlier in the season, but after reading the course description decided against it without actually seeing the course. So this was my opportunity to help out at a race and see this course as a possibility for next year.
I was assigned a post as a bike course marshal. I was stationed just outside of transition at the bike exit.
My volunteer partner & I were to direct the bikers to the mount line giving encouragement. Also, the bike out put you on a street with a couple of condo buildings with parking garages. Even though the residents were told they could not exit the garage during certain hours, we had to keep an eye on the garage exits to make sure no cars drove out - 'cause, you know, some people think the rules don't apply to them.
|Bikes up the street...|
|...and bikes down the street.|
After the event, I stuck around a little longer to help secure transition - making sure that bikes belonged to the people leaving with those bikes. We were thanked so many times by athletes, and most of them said they really enjoyed the race.
After checking out the course a bit, I'm glad that I decided to volunteer instead of race this one. There was a long run from the swim to transition. I mean really long. It was a few city blocks and included a climb up and down three stories of stairs and across a bridge over the train tracks.
|Seriously - this was part of the swim to bike transition!|
This was my first experience as a race volunteer and it was so much fun that I know that I'll be doing it even more next season.