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Giving Back – Race Edition

Happy Monday everyone! Did you all have a great weekend? I did! For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that I was at the Carlsbad Marathon yesterday. Only this time, I wasn’t running it. I was on the sidelines cheering everyone on!

Everyone needs their own cheerleader now and again

At the beginning of this year, I made a promise to myself to give back more so I started to look for opportunities to do just that. Volunteering at a race was something I always thought about doing, but hadn’t had the chance to. That is, until yesterday.

I was originally signed up for a water station, but after some logistical snafu, I was placed in front of a driveway to prevent cars from driving onto the marathon course. While making sure no cars passed me (and no one did), I also cheered for all the marathoners that ran past. The part of the course I was stationed at was not an easy one. I was between mile 9 and 10, which had a lot of rolling hills. Some runners were breezing by while others were not doing so hot.

So I did my part and I cheered for every single person, even those that didn’t hear me. I gave thumbs up, waived my sign, and  yelled “BeastMode” to those that made eye contact with me. LOL. I didn’t even know anyone who ran the marathon course, but I could see everyone’s determination to run and I couldn’t help but cheer them on. Everyone needs their own personal cheerleader now and again, right?

I had a blast and can’t wait to do it again. Hopefully, I’ll be stationed at an aid station next time and get to hand out water to runners. 🙂

Now that I’ve told you about my weekend. How was yours? Also, have you volunteered at a race? What was your experience? 



My name is Mai and I am a recent PhD graduate. :) When not hard at work, I can be found training for a race, traveling the world, or talking about Disneyland. Come join me on my journey and help me navigate this world. :)

21 thoughts on “Giving Back – Race Edition

  1. Like you, I plan to give back to the running community this year. I had the opportunity to do that on New Years Day at our Resolution Run. I was assigned to a water aid station and it was so much fun. This was a 5k fun event and I had a blast cheering people on. I think I would rather volunteer than race, and it’s cheaper. Definitely going to do this at a couple of local races this year.


    1. That’s awesome Diane! I really wanted to race more, but due to my budget, I couldn’t. I thought this would be the best way to stay involved in the running community and show them my support. Let me know how your future volunteer efforts go!

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  2. Good for you! I’ve volunteered at a few races but it’s been a while and I was just thinking this should be the year I volunteer more at races. It’s something everyone that runs races should do at least once just for the experience to see some of what goes on “behind the scenes.”

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  3. Every runner should do this! I took my kiddos with me, along with my nieces and nephews. We made signs and they had a blast. It was great to teach them about “giving back” and they learned a lot about types of runners and perseverance.

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  4. I truly love this, Mai! I try to get out to cheer at races as much as possible because I know how much it means to me as a runner to have people out there cheering for me. I bet everyone was very happy to see your smiling face out there!

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      1. Yessss! One of my favorite races to cheer at is the Philadelphia Marathon – it’s just one of those things that is a great give and take from the crowd and the runners. It was ALMOST as good as running. 😉

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