For the first time in 4 years, neither Jordan nor I were participating in Ottawa Race Weekend. It was kind of strange, but we found a way to make it interesting- we volunteered at a water station. Luckily for us, it was really quite easy to get involved because my office was sponsoring a water station and it was relatively close to home.
The day started early- we had to be there for 6:30. We got to work setting up cups and pouring water:
We had strict instructions as to how to set up the water. Three levels, use an "L" shape (and then fill in) when setting up cups, and the cups should be no less than 1/2 but no more than 3/4 full. We tried our best to follow the rules :) (although even 3/4 full seemed like too much water).
Since we were at the 28K mark of the marathon (and the 15K or so mark of the half), we did have to wait a bit before runners came. So, we practiced our water handing out technique: one foot on the curb, gloves on, hand flat, arm extended, calling out what is in the cup (water in this case), and of course, all volunteers MUST wear the hat.
So, next time you aren't registered in a local race, look into being a water station volunteer- it is great to be on the "other side" of it all.