Sometimes the Volunteer

July 1, 2022 by Gary "Story Hawk" Henry

Sometimes you are the runner; sometimes the volunteer

Sometimes you get the finisher’s medal

Sometimes you clap and cheer

’Cause it takes both to make a race; takes both to make it pay

Shlepping water jugs or running trails

There’s glory either way

Yesterday we ran the race; loved the gritty sweaty miles

Next week we’re working at Lands End

Slinging water, food and smiles

The other way is selling out to a for-profit company

Be greeted at each aid station

By some stranger-employee

Wouldn’t you rather have your buds taking care of you

Just like you will care for them

When you’re the aid station crew

My friends, that’s just the way it is; the way it’s got to be

Taking turns to run and do the work

Makes us a running family

Sometimes you are the runner; sometimes the volunteer

Sometimes you get the finisher’s medal

Sometimes you clap and cheer.

RRCA Coaching Certification Class, Lawrence

Hawk Hundred - 100/50/26.2 - 2012

Hawks Ridgeline aid station Heartland100