I got up at 5:45am, and after walking my dog and making a thermos of coffee, I was on the road leaving the city and headed towards Libertyville, IL (which is about 15 miles from the Wisconsin border). Luckily traffic was über light at that time so it took me a mere 35 minutes to get that far north. I arrived at about 6:50 and made my way over to the start area. I helped move some picnic tables and also set up the pop-up tents. Then Gingerfoxxx, Matt, Anne and I started filling up the 312 beer coolers:
|Setting Up the Beer|
|Gingerfoxx's Move from the front|
|Matt's Parking Move|
|Runners at the Start Line|
Matt, Gingerfoxx and I then were assigned to the course to direct runners around the final turns of the course. As Matt encouraged a flock of geese to get off of the trail, I stationed myself a little higher up, at the top of the last hill. I yelled encouragement to runners like "you just conquered Heartbreak Hill!", but 90% of runners had their headphones on, so my attempt at humor was heard mostly by the trees. Two running bloggers Chris and Eric stopped by to say "hi" after they finished.
|Chris, Eric, and Me|
|Sarah and Matt Directing Running Traffic|
|Sarah clapping to the head-phoned runners|
Video of the finishers at about mile 3:
Then we made our way over to the finish area to enjoy a 312 with the rest of the group:
|Another blogger summit|
|Gingerfoxx, Maggie and Anne|
And finally a group blogger photo:
|The gang's all here! (Source)|
It was great seeing and meeting lots of new running bloggers. A good time was definitely had by all and I'm definitely looking forward to volunteering at a race again soon!