Even with running so so many races, I still find time to give back to the running community and volunteer at races and race expos, plus I love all the free stuff you can earn as a volunteer. Helps make up for all the money I shell out to participate in races.
The very first race I volunteered at was the Dirty Girl Wisconsin in 2011, it was their very first event and still one of my favorites to volunteer at. I’ve now volunteered at 5 Dirty Girl events, 3 in Wisconsin and 2 in Illinois, since then I have volunteered at several events.
Here are a few:
Chicago Marathon 2012 (2 days at the expo and race day)
Team Ortho – booths at Chicago Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle
Zooma Women’s half 2012 (Expo and race day)
Hot Chocolate Expo 2012
Rock n Roll Chicago Expo 2013
Ironman Racine 2013 (at finish line)
Madison Mini Expo 2013
I’ve gotten to know so so many great people by volunteering at different events and I’ve been able to get involved in events that I am not sure I want to run, but want to check out. I’ve also gotten a few free race entries by volunteering, so that is one of my favorite perks of volunteering!
I have a few more events that I will be volunteering at this year so I really have kept my schedule pretty full and busy, but I LOVE it!