It’s Wednesday and I’ve woken up!
The day doesn’t start much better than that 🙂
Running a Marathon – no not me!
The full marathon went out and came back totalling 42km, the half marathon runners were driven out to Rosewood and ran back for 21km, the 10km runners and walkers ran out 5km and turned around. It was a great day!
Now for full disclosure our volunteer rail trail committee wasn’t involved in the organisation of it but we were used as volunteers at one of the drink stations, and our chairperson, none other than the Mathematician himself, was one of the two ‘sweepers’ on bikes coming in behind all the runners and making sure everyone was OK. They had the slowest rides of their lives but enjoyed the social aspects of it all.
Those ‘running’ the event were experienced in this type of thing and did it all smoothly and easily (or so it looked from my vantage point). They usually organise a Hume and Hovell Ultra which is either a 50km or 100km run on the local Hume and Hovell Track. The event had to be cancelled in recent years due to bushfire damage of the track, so the marathon was put on in its place using the rail trail. Many are hoping the marathon becomes an annual event but that will depend on having people to help out, especially those with experience at running this sort of event.
Anyway the purpose of today’s post is to celebrate the event, the dedicated runners, the volunteers, the weather and the local community, for all doing such an amazing job!
I started the day by cycling down to the start of the marathon at 6.30am and got a real thrill to see the big inflatable blue finish line in place. This was exciting!!! I then rode on down to my drinks station to get it set up before the runners started coming through. We had a few helpers from our committee and we made it fun!
The early morning fog was breathtaking and I had to capture some shots before the day got underway. It was a bit chilly at the start I can tell you!
The marathon started at 7am and the first runner came past us within half an hour, which is almost as fast as I can ride it on my bike! As the runners came through they were all grateful and many insisted on thanking us for volunteering, which I hadn’t expected to be honest. I figured they’d be hell bent on getting it done! After a few hours they started coming back for the final lap and we packed up soon afterwards.
I rode my bike up through the 10km walkers and ended up at the finish line – with someone yelling at me to get out of the photo – which I thought was a bit rude, but I complied quickly with their not so polite request!
Our Rotary Club had a sausage sizzle running and all competitors and volunteers were entitled to a free sausage sandwich – yummy!
The weather was perfect, the vibe was amazing and everyone was happy, (except perhaps the guy yelling at me to get out of his photo!). We loved it all!
Huge congratulations to the organisers and helpers – these events take a lot of work and everyone did a great job, whether they were paid or volunteers.
Those who entered are amazing, and there were about 300 entries – for their dedication and fortitude!
Wednesdays are for sharing some amazing moments – these are mine for the week. #wakeupandbeamazingwednesday
Have an amazing day – you’re amazing too!
Thanks to my daughter for allowing me to share these lovely moments.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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