Runner or not, volunteer at local races

My grandpa used to say, "Runners always look like they're in pain.”

If you agree with that statement, you probably don't run on a regular basis and you likely stay away from the local races too. But 5K, 10K, and marathon runs are great places to give back to your community; especially when you volunteer.

Besides promoting fitness and wellness, many events raise money for either scholarships or local social program. Other benefits to volunteering include: "thank you" t-shirts, pizza, drinks, motivation to start running, and meeting a ton of other great people.

Helping out with a race is also a great way for the whole family to get involved. The support needed usually includes helping with set up, registration, timing, safety, or take down -- it's a terrific way to spend a morning with the kids! And since most runs only last a couple of hours and are often paired with other fun events like parades or carnivals, it's a great way to make memories together.

The easiest way to get involved is to go to the race website and fill out the online volunteer application. You can also call your city's chamber of commerce to ask about races and the organizers' contact info.

Who knows? You might find yourself thinking different about runners when you see how much fun races can be.

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