I sent an e-mail to the race director to see if he needed any last minute volunteers.
Well yes he said he really could use some help.
The race started out on a divided highway. There is a narrow grass strip seperating the lanes. Some two thousand runners were to head south in the right lane and at about 2/3 of a mile they would have to take a sharp left turn. I was supposed to singlehandedly direct all these runners to stay in the right lane and not cross over the grass strip to run the tangent as this would cut the course short. I woke up several times in the night worrying that someone might get hurt if I had to direct them back over thegrass median and I might be liable.I borrowed some road cones from work and placed them in the median hoping people would see them and keep right. A friend said he would help, but did not show up.
The race started and as the lead runners flew by I was thrilled to see that the entire field followed in line without a single runner cutting the tangent. This assignment turned out great. I'll sleep good tonight.
Johnny's Runnin of the Green
Blog entry posted by barefootn, Mar 12, 2011.