On Friday, there was a call put out on Facebook to help staff the water stop for the Half Marathon training group. I had been joining the group on the weekly long runs until my injury and have missed seeing all the newbies. There is something so energizing to see people who are running that distance for the first time ever.
It's fun to chat with them on the run too. They are soaking up knowledge and so eager to complete their first half marathons. It is a very unique group and I'm so very lucky to help volunteer with them.
Our water stop was set up on the trail where they got to pass by us twice. It was a very cold morning on Saturday...so cold that the water we spilled froze on the trail sidewalks! We had a good group of people working the water stop and cheering on the runners. Check out this video that Chuck from Podium Images made of the run. He is a great athlete and artist...the editing he did is amazing! You'll spot me in the video in my red jacket handing out the cups of water. I swear I was having a lot more fun than it looks like in that particular pic!
If you are in the area, don't forget you still have time to sign up for the Bentonville Running Festival Half Marathon on April 6th! Sign up at www.runbentonville.com.