Saturday was Day One at the 3rd annual Maine Cancer Foundations Tri for a Cure. This woman's only sprint triathlon ( a 1/3 mile swim, 15 mile cycle and 3 mile run) is a celebration of strength and spirit.
Back in June I was contemplating cutting my triathlon teeth on this particular tri but since registration filled in 8 mins (back in February) I was not able to participate as an athlete as this amazing event this year so I decided that I would volunteer instead. I am SO glad I was able to be a part of it all!
Saturday morning I skipped my normal workout regime to head up to the Southern Maine Community College campus for 7:30am to start my volunteer duties. The email I got from Mari said that I would be helping with the Kid's Fun Run and I was psyched. I am so passionate about kids being active and healthy so this was a perfect assignment for me.
The AquaRun and Kid's Fun Run gang~what a great crew!I would be working in the registration tent and then at the finish line to "tag" the first, second and third place girls crossing the finish line.
The group of volunteers I worked with were all so nice and everyone worked together to make sure the flow of people was as smooth as can be.
The Kids Fun Run ages 4-6 sprinting for the finish line!
I was so happy to see so many kids getting involved~for the Kid's Fun Run there were 3 races; aged 4-6, ages 7-9 and ages 10-12. This year there was also a Youth AquaRun with an open ocean 100 yard swim then a 1 mile run. The Maine Cancer Foundation partnered with Foundations Multisport for the Youth Aqua/Run. Foundations Multisport has started a Healthy Habits Youth Triathlon Series.
I was excited to meet Erika DeGeorge and Charles Melton on Saturday~we chatted about getting kids active and healthy. During our chat I discovered that they are both active in my local community and that Charles is the Race Director for my first tri on 9/25, The Mainiac!!
Mari Miya-Volunteer Coordinator (left)
Abby Bliss-Race Director (center)/
Julie Marchese-Race Director (right)
Holly, Tri Athlete and Wendy, Tri Athlete & Volunteer
When I arrived early that morning CycleMania had several bikes at their tent that I was drooling over and I liked the green bike in the pic the best. Later that day I discovered that this bike was being raffled off! Of course I filled out 7 tickets and hoped for the best! Who knows...after winning some Anti Monkey Butt from Heather last week maybe just maybe I would win this too!!
After the races were done, I ventured out with Tri for a Cure volunteer and participant, Wendy and her son Colby to hit the Expo. There were all kinds of vendors with goodies galore~including ice cream sundaes. I scored some pink pom-poms, a Frisbee and sippie cup for Lola from the Bank of America tent. There was all kinds of stuff-too much to list it all but I think my favorite item was a Tri for the Cure bag filled with all kinds of lip balm, suncreen, samples and coupons! (Thanks Louise)
Could this be my new tri bike???? I'm crossing my fingers!
I am so glad I decided to volunteer for this event~I met some amazing people-volunteers, athletes, survivors. It was such a positive event and I can't wait to do it again next year. Hopefully next year I will be participating in the Tri as well!