Last weekend Pam and I flew up to Portland for a handful of festivities surrounding the Portland Marathon. Pam attended the annual Race Director’s College, I worked at the Expo, and we both ran on Sunday morning! It was a busy- but amazing- trip. I grew up in Seattle, my sister went to college just outside of Portland, my parents now live in Oregon, and I was at the race last year, so I’m no stranger to Portland.
We got in really late Wednesday night, and the RD’s College began early Thursday morning. Pam’s not one to text message all that often, but she was sending them at rapid speed, “Come to the Volunteer Session at 10:30”, “Race Director from Marine Corp Marathon is on the panel- he is Hilarrriouss”, ” Have the best idea for the Kid’s Run”. A couple hours later I met her at the Multnomah Athletic Club for the Volunteers Panel. Looking around, I saw a bunch of familiar faces- The Big Sur Marathon staff, Lake Tahoe Marathon Race Director (sidenote- I met this Race Director during my undergrad when some classmates drove up to volunteer for his race- many years later we laugh about that), Race Central (timing company), shirt vendors, etc. I also had a couple moments where I saw a person’s name on the name card in front of them and had to rack my mind about what we were emailing about a couple weeks ago… Each member of the panel talked about their experiences with volunteerism, how to celebrate them at our events, etc. It was so cool to hear each Race Director’s experience- each person had such drastically different methods.
After the session, I went for a quick run […]