Shining Knight Report: Jennifer Shirk on Volunteering at the Brooklyn Marathon

As someone new to town, and still new to running, I didn’t know what to expect from a 5:30 am water station volunteer gig. From these newsletters, I had a hint that there would be friendly people, and even banana suits, and was not disappointed on either count – it was great to meet so many new folks and feel welcomed to both Brooklyn and the club. A few happy surprises: coffee (thank you!!), a very healthy-looking raccoon crossing the route, the rain holding off until we closed the station, and a group cheer (C-H-R–C… ok, I’ll have to come to a few more events before I have it down). Glad to be there to cheer on the runners, especially on a damp morning – major props to all who ran, and also to all who brought enthusiasm to support the event (even the crew with the garbage truck seemed happy to be helping out). If you have ever thought about helping with a run, it’s well worth the time (even the early alarm).