Surprisingly, when I asked Meego yesterday if he cared to join me at the aid station, he was quick to say, "Yeah, okay".
Even when I said that we'd have to be there early, he just said, "Okay, wake me up".
Just to be sure, I said, "It's the 17th mile of a marathon, so they'll be pretty spread out by then. We could be there a while".
Since I was on a roll, I added, "I think we should bike there", which at least got a,
"Where is it?"
Once I explained where it was and the route we would take to get there, he was all. "Okay", again.
Well. All-righty then.
So that was our morning. It was a beautiful day for it. As promised, I woke Meego up about 6:15, and we were out the door about a half hour later. It was a bit of a chilly ride, but the sun was just coming up with promises of warm times ahead.
We made it to our post just in time, the other volunteers were just digging through the supplies.
Turns out, Meego was dressed very coordinatedly.
We had water and Gatorade, and it seems that Meego became the go-to guy for Gatorade, even though I and another volunteer were offering it up. I think it was the shirt, but the runners that wanted Gatorade would flock to Meego like
flies on... bees to sugar.
Maybe it was his friendly kid face, or maybe at mile 17, the runners were mainly just able to see bright colors at that point.
Once we were set, we waited just a bit for the first runner to come blazing through, leaving us wondering if he'd run that pace the whole way, or was just putting on a show for the water wenches. Soon, the trickle of runners built to a steady flow.
It being a nice sunny holiday on a popular recreational trail, we had to do a fair amount of traffic control too, but most people were pretty courteous of the racers. One of our fellow volunteers was a pretty big bouncer-looking guy, so that helped.
Then there was this crew:
They showed up sometime around the middle of our duty, all dressed up and holding signage. They were there to cheer on three moms (along with EVERYONE else), and were totally adorable and hilarious!
Who wouldn't get a second wind from this greeting?
After about three and a half hours, we were released from duty. Meego commented, "Wow, look how much can happen while a lot of people are just sleeping"