This past Sunday my business XLR8 Fitness volunteered for Station 1 water stop on the Rock N Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon course which is at mile 1.8. As a team we had volunteers, runners and walkers. It was an experience I will never forget!
As the alarm went off at 4:00am, I was excited and nervous at the same time. This was the first time I had ever volunteered for a water stop in which 22,000 people would be
running through. In the captain’s meeting the Rock N Roll Race Coordinators told us that people will be coming through our station in the masses. He used the term “hurricane” to describe what it would be like. Hurricane!!! That’s what really made me nervous.
It was definitely hard to recruiting volunteers to come out to the course for 5:00 am in the morning on a Sunday, but we had a great turnout. I did have to bribe them with Blue Dot Donuts, lol. I know I know not the healthiest option but the sugar rush helped us get over 10 tables full of water filled 3 tier high
As the elite runners came through the stop in less then 7 minutes from the start we
cheered them on! We held water out for the runners and we had so many people saying thank you, which made getting up that early worth it. The last walker went through our station around 8:30 it was then that I took off running. I didn’t get to run the full 1/2 Marathon but it was worth it to volunteer for such an amazing race. We saw people with tutus, Team Gleason No White Flag shirts, superhero outfits, Scott Walker from WDSU with Team Tripp, and people running for loved ones that have passed away. We even saw the New Orleans Fire Fighters out in full gear holding an American flag…talk about some motivation!
This was more than just a race to me. I had time to reflect on how great my support system is around me. I have the best friends, family and loved ones around me and they all came out in their XLR8 Fitness shirts to support me and my business. It goes to show that if you surround yourself with a healthy environment and people who support you; you can do anything! One of my instructor’s Angela finished the full marathon with her best time yet. All the hard work and dedication you put in is all worth it in the end. Set goals and don’t stop til you reach them! Surround yourself with people who care about you and support you and you WILL reach whatever goals you have set.
Again I would like to thank all of the volunteers and East Jefferson Key Club for all of their hard work on Sunday. I couldn’t have done it with them. It was such a team effort. I can’t wait until next year. Up next for me is the Crescent City Classic 10k on April 7th! I will have an expo booth selling 6 Pack Fitness Bags and I will of course be running with Team XLR8. If you want to join us contact me, we would love for you to join us!