When I was running the PA Grand Canyon Marathon, there were two spots for spectators and each required a significant drive (>30 minutes). Oh, and it was also torrential rain for more than 20 miles. Yet every water stop was well manned, and there were a bunch of spectators cheering us all on at both spots.
It is a reminder that for every event like this where athletes are out working hard, there are loads of volunteers who are also out there, with no pay or recognition, helping us do our best. It was something I definitely thought about as I entered Wineglass Marathon weekend … But more on that tomorrow.
Also, for every athlete out there is a crew of supporters. Those who deal with the training, the funky eating habits and stinky clothes, odd schedule and aches and pains. But most of all those who come out and are our number 1 supporters. I am lucky to have an amazing person with me … My wonderful wife Lisa. She is always right behind me and beside me.