As I stood at the starting line behind the plethora of people chasing their dreams, pushing through boundaries and capturing a little bit of magic at the Baltimore Marathon in 2008, I noticed that no matter how much I edged backward, one gentleman would always take a step back. I finally approached him and told him he had to go first. He initially refused as he wanted to be the last person across the starting line (for what reason I do not know.) When I explained to him that I, in fact, had to be that last person to start, in order to fulfill my duties for the day, he seemed unmoved. Finally a race official had to verbally nudge him forward. Five seconds later, I passed him. I do not think I will have that same problem in San Francisco.
Why exactly do I need to be dead last? Because every single one of those wonderful people in front of me is a running or walking dollar sign. Not for me, mind you, but for the all of those whom make races possible: volunteers. I recently wrote an article about how Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our wonderful sport. This is why I have chosen to raise money for Committed 2 Community which raises money for the organizations that do so much for the SF Marathon year after year – the volunteer groups. In the Charity Chaser Challenge, money will be raised for every runner I pass for Committed 2 Community. Funds will go toward grants to various local charities affiliated with The San Francisco Marathon.
Whether it has been running 52 consecutive weekly marathons in 2006, running the Boston Marathon twice in the […]