As I mentioned yesterday, I’m volunteering at the Rev3 Florida triathlon this weekend. All day, I found myself looking forward to getting to the Expo for my assigned time at Packet Pick Up this afternoon!
Oh and in case you’re wondering if I actually ended up looking like the sun from the Jimmy Dean commercials, I’ll let you judge for yourselves.
How about this angle?
Trust me, it looked pretty funny in real life.
I got to the Expo location and walked past the finish line. This is where I’ll be volunteering on Sunday!
I found my way over to Packet Pick Up. I’ve picked up packets at more than a few race expos in my life and I expected to find a crazy scene. Nope. This is how it looked pretty much all afternoon.
I think there are a few reasons for that. First, there are only about 500 athletes doing this race. But second, and more importantly, they had a bit of a snag. Fed Ex apparently lost the race bibs and bike stickers and they won’t be arriving until tomorrow. An email went out to all the participants that they’d have to come to packet pick up tomorrow anyway to get those items so I’m guessing most people decided to just wait. Bummer.
I still had a fun time chatting with the athletes who did come through the line. Many are local – and it sounded like many of the locals were doing this as their first 70.3. I can’t blame them. It’s kinda hard to turn down a 70.3 quite literally in your own backyard! The bike course will pass by about two blocks from my house so I’m hoping to see a little bit of that before I report to the Finish Line on Sunday. Looking at the map of the bike course, it’s going to be interesting to see how it all works out. I foresee a lot of angry people trying to get to church on Sunday morning. Haha.
I met one guy who came to do the triathlon with a bunch of his buddies – except that he got hit by a car while riding a few weeks ago. Ugh. He broke his collarbone, had to have surgery, and is still walking around in a sling. Needless to say, he won’t be participating on Sunday. How awful would it be to train for so long and then have something like that happen!
What is your favorite place to volunteer at a race? I’d love to be at an aid station sometime – but the finish line is pretty hard to beat!