Saturday was a PERFECT ( 🙂 )day for a December race – lots of sun and a slight breeze! In fact, I ended up with a sunburned face that showed up later in the day. However, instead of running, I was at the Atlanta Beltline Eastside 10K to represent DIVAS Run at Urban Body Fitness in Amsterdam Walk. I’ve participated in races from many aspects from Runner to Publicity Head to T-Shirt Lead. This race was different since I was there as a vendor so I got to see the race from yet another perspective, including helping out with the goody bag stuffing party a few days prior to the race. I met several nice volunteers at the party and even reconnected with a runner from my former DIVAS Run Facebook running group.
The race started and ended at Park Tavern and my table was situated right in front of the doors to Park Tavern Entrance. Some vendors were outside and some stayed inside – where the after-party and beer could be found. I chose to set up my table right outside the entrance on purpose – visibility. My view of the runners in action was a bit distant but I could still see them.
Faithfully sticking to my station, I enjoyed congratulation the runners post-race, meeting and talking with prospects and living in the energy of the moment. I was also interviewed by the Beltline, which was an unexpected surprise and I know I said PERFECT too many times, but that is what the entire event was – PERFECT! If the interview actually gets broadcasted somewhere, try not to laugh too much. I have no idea what I said, but at least I said it with confidence and conviction. 🙂
While meeting new people and making new connections, there were a few familiar faces in the crowd. One of the Midtown Atlanta DIVAS Run Meetup Group members who I ran with for a couple of weeks showed up to report a great race!
This race would not have been as great as it was without our fearless, fabulous leader and Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Director, Dan Popovic. The Beltline 10K would not have been as much fun or as well-organized without Dan. If you don’t know Dan, you don’t know anybody. 🙂
If you haven’t participated in a race other than a runner, you are missing out! Get involved as a volunteer! A LOT of DETAILED work goes into planning the event you enjoy as a runner. It’s a great way to give back to the running community and it’s just as much fun to cheer runners on as it is to be cheered. If you’re interested in volunteering for the Atlanta Beltline, there are many opportunities to get involved with the Atlanta Beltline!