Life is on its way back to normal around here. After working more than 40 hours last week at the Nike Women Half Marathon packet pick up and then managing a fluids tent on race day (read: I was at the race before 4:30am), I face planted yesterday afternoon. After a short nap yesterday and a good night’s sleep last night, I’m ready to work on getting my life back to its usual level of chaos. Oh, and I might actually want to go for a run since I’m running a 5k and a half marathon this coming weekend. (Yes, I’m am crazy, why do you ask?)
So here’s my question for you:
I want to buy myself a NWHM half zip.
After all the blood (I have scratches I don’t even remember getting!), sweat, and tears (ok, I admit, some of the amazing stories I heard from runners about why they ran this race made me tear up), I feel like I’ve legitimately earned one.
Would you buy yourself a shirt for a race you worked (I was not a volunteer) even if you didn’t run it?
And here’s the winner of the Simply Snackin Giveaway:
Hope everyone had a great weekend. I’ll post a “race report” later this week about what it’s like to work behind the scenes at a major race.
17 thoughts on “A question and a winner”
1. Yes, I wear the shirts I’ve received for volunteering. Races don’t happen without volunteers.
2. No one is going to question your running bona fides. You’ve run more than enough half marathons to qualify to wear just about any shirt you get
3. I saw you at packet pickup Saturday afternoon, and you (and all the volunteers) looked like you were running a marathon.
So yes, get the half zip and wear it with pride.
That is a really good question. I never wear shirts for races I haven’t run, but when I volunteer for the local tri RD’s, I get a shirt and I do wear them. I am really interested to see what people think about this topic. For the record, that jacket is SWEET! and I might lean towards getting it because it is really THAT nice!
that is a sweet jacket, I love the color. I say if you want it, get it. 🙂
Yes!! You deserve that jacket!! Plus, it is so awesome looking!!
Good Question. I’ve never worked a race, so it has never come up for me.
Why not, you were involved with the race 🙂 I have a couple tri shirts from volunteering. I think the strangest though I a half I am registered for this fall has early pick with other races in the series and gave us finishers shirts already! 6 months before a race and already have a shirt saying I finished, that is odd.
You more than earned it. If you ran it, worked it or volunteered it, you earned it. The race couldn’t have gone on without your help so clearly you earned the right to wear some swag from it!
Few people would deserve it more. You gave so much to that race and you were part of the reason why it was as successful as it was. People like you made that race happen. Buy that shirt. Heck, buy like 10 of them.
I can’t think of any good reason why you shouldn’t get yourself that top. It was an endurance event for you maybe even more so than the runners. And it’s a very pretty green.
They should be GIVING it to you but if that’s not happening yes buy it!
You volunteered, so yes. Them’s the rules.
Not crazy. You were an important part of the race, this is a nice way to commemorate it. And btw, your serial racing is incredible! Good luck this weekend!
Isn’t that half the reason to volunteer?! It’s not like you don’t have a story to tell if it becomes a conversation starter.
I thought you specifically and about all of the volunteers during this race more than I ever have before and was really inspired to sign up myself sometime soon. The volunteers make it happen and are the backbone of the entire event. I hope you chose to buy it. You totally deserve it, and if someone does ask, I hope you are able to respond with, “that was the BEST volunteer experience I’ve ever had. Everyone should do it!” 🙂
I say yes, get the jacket. You did work the race and it’s not like you’ve never run a half marathon. If you like it, get it!
I would definitely buy one!! You’ve earned it for sure!! 🙂
i used to say ‘no’ to this. but to me there’s a difference between the race tshirt and “workout gear with the race logo on it” lol. this pullover/shirt to me doesn’t count as the race shirt 🙂 i hope you got it!