I just returned from a long weekend in….
Disneyland (in California… NOT Disney World in Florida). I think the flight there and back was longer than my stay 🙂
My daughter was running in both the Tinkerbell 10K AND Half Marathon put on by RUN DISNEY. Dressed in Sparkle Skirts by Sparkle Athletics (Respect the Skirt), braided hair, funky socks and knees all taped… she ran a respectable time of 3:33:25 for the half marathon.
Originally I was just joining her as head cheerleader and master motivator. However, 2 weeks before I was scheduled to leave it came to my attention volunteer positions were available. I immediately signed up… without taking into consideration my flight landed around 9:30PM. If you do the math…. by the time you gather your luggage, rent a car, drive to the hotel, check-in, and get settled…. It’s Midnight. Normally not bad… BUT Volunteer Check-In was 3:30AM. So… with 2 1/2 solid hours of sleep under my belt, I went to my first volunteer assignment… Bag Check for The Family Fun 5K. Easy job. I was back in my room by 8:30AM… ready to start my day.
Wide awake… we headed out to breakfast and hit the parks. Disneyland is smaller than Disney World… and much more intimate. To be honest, I think I like this park best. I finally ran out of steam around 7:30PM and headed to bed.
Next morning Volunteer Check-In was 3:00AM!!!! This time I was assigned to the Medals group.
Each medal arrives individually wrapped. They all have to be UNWRAPPED and draped on these stands… all 10,000 of them! It took 20 volunteers 4 hours to accomplish this feat. When the runners finish the race I had the honor and privilege to place a medal over their head. With all the bending, lifting… and grabbing 60 heavy medals at a clip… and working non-stop for hours straight… I think I did more work than the runners themselves!
Of course there was no rest for the weary… so after grabbing some breakfast we hit the parks again. Thank heavens we had enough sense to rest up a bit in the afternoon… sit by the pool… take a nap… so we could enjoy the parks in the evening. World of Color show and fireworks rounded out the night.
Speaking of fireworks… the headboard in our room lit up with fireworks!!! MAGICAL!!!
I still don’t understand the fascination of running in a large group just to earn some ‘bling’… but as long as my daughter continues to enter the events, I will do my best to join her, support her, and volunteer.
BTW… I heard that NIKE sponsors a race where the ‘medal’ is actually a silver necklace by TIFFANY… AND it is all wrapped in their signature paper tied with a satin bow… AND… presented to you on a silver platter… by local FIREMEN dressed in TUXEDOS!!! Now THAT’S worth running for!!!!!!