Running with the Bears. My favorite race, favorite people. Now that I’m working for Mountain Circle Family Services, I no longer RUN the race, I work it. Assisting (and seriously, I don’t do that much in the scheme of things, so it is just assisting) in putting on a Boston Qualifying marathon, half marathon and 10K is a lot of work!! This is why I’ve never wanted to be the race director…. Being behind the scenes is equally as fun as running a race.
Pre-race I was lucky enough to be in charge of our charity runners – almost 50 pretty amazing people that I feel enriched by just getting to know them. I blogged about every one of them that I had contact with. Learning their story, becoming friends was a blessing. At the race itself, while my family was in charge of an aid station, I was blessed to do interviews at the finish line. Running can be emotional. Finding out you qualified to run the Boston Marathon, logging your best time or just finishing something you didn’t know you could finish is pretty powerful stuff.
Chris and the kids aid station was fantastic. They didn’t win an award (but we’re on it for next year already!!) but as always they all had a blast. They were at mile 8.5 and mile 18 of the marathon course – the same location we had last year. They were amazing!!!
One of the best things about this race is making a weekend out of it. We arrived Friday morning and left Sunday afternoon. We all worked the Pasta Feed Friday night after setting up packet pickup. Saturday after the race was the Hoedown party which is SO much fun and Sunday (after some much needed sleep!), we helped break everything down and pack it up. The post race lunch on Sunday at Gennesee Store is amazing. Great people, amazing weekend of food and fun.