37 responses

  1. Marianne
    January 11, 2009

    Looks like a fun day, even if it was long and tiring. Hopefully you can run the race in the future.

  2. Meg
    January 11, 2009

    What a fabulous and rewarding experience! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Justy2003
    January 11, 2009

    Looks like a fun day! And you got some freebies out of the event, awesome!
    Wow, after seeing bleeding nipples, people passing out, and limping, I dunno if that would encourage me to run a marathon!

  4. Ryan
    January 11, 2009

    What an awesome thing you did today! It must have been cool to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Disney Marathon for reference if you run it in the future!

    Oh and…Ooo yay I’m glad you found your Arnold Thins! I picked up some more today, actually. They are good with everything!

  5. Laura
    January 11, 2009

    That sounds like so much fun! I think it’s great that you stood out there so early cheering on people you don’t know. 🙂 I’m sure they all appreciate it. That’s so sad that they take everyone who didn’t finish back on a bus. I would feel so devastated!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  6. Julz
    January 11, 2009

    WHAT A FABULOUS DAY!!! It’s so empowering, I’m sure, to see other runners and to be on the OPPOSITE side of the race, as well… I feel so sappy, but I’m SO PROUD of you Megsters! Honestly, you’re an absolute gem. I have never met another runner who enjoys volunteering and supporting other runners, in addition to running in races, herself (or himself, for that matter!). I cheered on family friends who raced in the IRON MAN KONA a little less than two years ago when I lived in hawaii and it was unbelievable! NOW THAT WAS ONE LONG RACE! Ha! 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday =]

  7. Angela
    January 11, 2009

    Wow what an amazing experience! Thank you so much for showing us what it is like to be a volunteer. 🙂 Truly inspiring!

    I have never been to a race before, but I will certainly be thanking everyone I see on my half marathon race day. 🙂

    Angela
    http://www.ohsheglows.com

  8. VeggieGirl
    January 11, 2009

    I’d say losing your voice is well worth all you did, girl!! Be proud of the volunteering and the experience!! I’M proud of you 😀

    Have a fabulous Sunday afternoon!! Enjoy your well-deserved nap!!

  9. Angel
    January 11, 2009

    What a fantastic day!!! Now I have to sign up to volunteer with you next year, unless you are running it, of course. Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader!!

  10. Marissa
    January 11, 2009

    Wow! That looks likeit was a lot of fun!!!

  11. everydayrace
    January 11, 2009

    man you have had a very running-centric weekend! i am super jealous.i cant wait to volunteer with you at the next race.

    bloody nips??? ewww

  12. Shelby
    January 11, 2009

    Looks like so much fun!
    Rest up hun =)

  13. Erica
    January 11, 2009

    So glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like the runners really needed you and loved having you there! Yay for a free park ticket!!

  14. Sharon
    January 11, 2009

    Wow, what a fun time volunteering! Glad you had an awesome time! What a cheerleader!

  15. Danielle
    January 11, 2009

    Sounds like you had a fun and tiring day volunteerring. Yay for a free ark pass and yay for for doing something nice for other runners!

  16. sweetandnatural
    January 11, 2009

    It’s so great that you volunteered for that today! And I’m glad you had a good time.

  17. sweetandnatural
    January 11, 2009

    It’s so great that you volunteered for that today! I’m glad you had a good time AND got a free park ticket!

  18. Heather Eats Almond Butter
    January 11, 2009

    Wow, sounds like a great morning. That was really awesome of you to volunteer and stand there cheering for 5+ hours. So many people never realize that races would not happen without all the volunteers! Looks like they treated you well – windbreaker, snack pack, AND a park pass! Score! (I think I might have given in to the Butterfinger 🙂 )

    Have a good night. Meghann…take care of your throat. Maybe some hot water and lemon? Arnold’s sandwich thins. I’m jealous. Can’t find those anywhere in Nashville. 🙁

  19. Sara
    January 11, 2009

    Wow, it sounds an awesome time! And a free park ticket is a pretty nice thank you for volunteers. Ya gotta love those Disney folk! 🙂

  20. Meredith
    January 11, 2009

    Wow! Sounds like an amazing day!!!! It looks like you had good weather for it too!

  21. dailygoods
    January 11, 2009

    sounds like you had a great time! you are definitely inspired me to want to volunteer for the avon walk in dc 🙂

  22. Melissa
    January 11, 2009

    You have no idea how much your cheering means to those runners! Well maybe you do, but you are an awesome person to spend your day motivating others. Have fun in the happiest place on earth. I love tink!

  23. Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    January 11, 2009

    wow, sounds like such an awesome day! Let me know the next time you think about volunteering for a race, that’d be fun to do together!

  24. sals
    January 11, 2009

    I ran the Disney 1/2 marathon yesterday, and the cheers of the volunteers along the route definitely got me through to the end! It was a fabulous run, though. Volunteering sounds fun as well!

  25. Erin
    January 11, 2009

    Good for you! You’ll get a whole new appreciation for the screamers when you are in your next race:)

  26. ksgoodeats
    January 11, 2009

    Aww that sounds like such a great day! I was seriously smiling reading this – you made a big impact on those runners today 🙂 Good for you, Meghann!!

  27. biz319
    January 11, 2009

    What a great day! Glad it all worked out – I bet it would be cool to see the first people get to mile 21!

    I trained to walk a marathon with my brother, and ended up getting bronchitis TWO DAYS before the Chicago marathon! I asked my doctor what to take before the race, and he was like “I don’t even want you to go to work on Monday!”

    Sadly, my brother Charlie (www.backtothefridge.com) had to walk it by himself! At least he can say he did it!!

  28. jane
    January 11, 2009

    That was really great of you to volunteer and cheer the runners on! I participated in a half marathon this past fall and there weren’t a whole lot of fans, but every time we passed a group, they really made me smile and push onward! Sometimes I think it takes extra effort to be a volunteer cause you wake up just as early, are out for even longer hours sometimes (not that i’m that fast, but i know there were people behind me that the crowds had to stay for) and don’t get the pride of a medal and a PR. I hope you do feel accomplished for helping all the participants have a super race!
    Have you ever done a marathon or half? Are you training for anything?
    Have a great day!

  29. Lindsay
    January 11, 2009

    WOW – your day was surely eventful – that must have been so cool to be there w/ all the action – go you! what a great thing u did!

  30. ttfn300
    January 11, 2009

    what a rewarding experience :):)

  31. Sarah
    January 11, 2009

    wow, what a day! did it inspire you to want to run a marathon yourself?

    i’m so impressed with your butterfinger restraint (but please tell me you did not throw it away and instead brought it home, chopped it into small pieces, and put it in a baggie in the freezer to save for future dessert embellishment??)

  32. Meghann
    January 11, 2009

    Sarah – i have plans to run a Marathon this fall!! 🙂 And yes this made me even more pumped for it! And I did bring the Butterfinger home and put it in my chocolate stash (See next post)

  33. Missy (MISSY MAINTAINS)
    January 11, 2009

    Looks like a fun day! Very rewarding!! I love that people run dressed up as Disney characters! I miss Disney World so much!!

    So glad you found the Arnold’s Sanwich Thins! They are my favorite!!

    http://www.missymaintains.blogspot.com

  34. Allison
    January 11, 2009

    Holy cow! Your day sound absolutely amazing – I got goose bumps reading about it – how totally awesome! Good for you for volunteering! Glad you enjoyed yourself so much!

  35. lauren
    January 12, 2009

    so fun you volunteered! doesnt it inspire you even more to see all those people doing it? I think i saw above you are planning to do one this year…yes!

  36. MaryBe
    January 15, 2009

    Thanks so much…I feel like I was right there with you!

  37. Heather
    July 22, 2011

    Great post! I was suppose to volunteer there this year, but had to cancel due to a work trip 🙁
    Volunteering is so, so important for any race. I love to run the races, but it is nice to step back and watch other accomplishing their goals!
    I am not surprised this was your under appreciated post, volunteering always gets pushed to the sides.
    I enjoy following your blog!

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