I'm still not quite sure how I managed to roll out of bed at 4:40 a.m. on a Saturday and manage to leave the house 10 minutes later.
But I did on May 25.
That chilly spring morning, I drove downtown and spent three hours moving barricades, setting up fences and helping to set up one of the familiar inflatable gateways. My hands were calloused, my legs were tired and my belly rumbled but I felt accomplished and invigorated by the sporting community in Fort Wayne.
While I've volunteered at a couple other races -- freezing my toes off at the Huff 50K and Indiana Trail 100 -- my experience at the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle was the first time I felt like I had really helped put on a race, as well as understand (albeit briefly) how much work such a task requires.
In fact, Fort4Fitness will enlist more than 1,000 volunteers for the fall event. One thousand people to pass out packets, give participants shirts, set up corrals, man water stations, put on well-deserved medals, give a much-needed bagel.
And they are looking for people to fill those spots. It might not sound exciting to get up early to set up for an event but there are other spots to fill, and it's my personal belief that if you race regularly, you need to volunteer regularly.
If you are interested, check out the Volunteer page on the Fort4Fitness website.