We got to the Volunteering Tent around 5:30 and checked in.
First table we stopped at was the Windbreaker table. Each volunteer gets one of these and you are required to wear them so runners can see you. They are thin and not very water-repellent or warm, but it's a good place to tuck lots of stuff, because it has LOTS of pockets (2 big ones inside and 2 more outside).
|Jackets at the front table, snackage in the back|
|The two holes are to show that you were given a jacket and food (so you can't lie and get more)|
|BioFreeze and strapping tape - what did I sign up for again?|
|Sure, it looks all pretty and organized... NOW!|
We set up a full table (there were 4 sets of tables) with bananas and boxes before the Team Leader told us to hold up on putting anything else out. He didn't want the boxes to get soaked when the rain started. Makes sense.
At this point, we were done on our side, so I helped out The Kiddo a bit, then wandered around. Of course I had to check out the medals (I was kind of jealous that we didn't get to hand out medals)!!! This year's medals were spinners - this meant that the middle part (that looks like Spaceship Earth) spun on a small axis to reveal the Running Chef Mickey on the other side. Cute!
|See those tiny posts on top and bottom of the spinner? That's how it spins!|
|I love being so close to the finish line|
|I'm dry, take your banana|
|Sure, it LOOKS waterproof...|
|Stay safe, little nanners!|
|If you're gonna spew, spew near this|
|Okay, seriously, what kind of party are we having?|
|We're soaked, but we're festive - all of us had glow bracelets and necklaces and stuff (too bad you couldn't see 'em)|
|Before it got busy and miserable|
|Check out this terrible photo of some skinny guy with a heat sheet! It's so awesome!|
Once the fast folks came through (you know, about the first 50 people who are here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, but ran out of bubblegum?), the "regular" runners came through and it got more fun. Very quickly though (by quick, I mean within an hour or so), tables began having issues restocking boxes and bananas. This is because we didn't OVERstock to begin with (because of the rain), so we were constantly behind the rest of the night.
There were times that we ran out of bananas, or boxes, and we had to send people to other tables. Being that we were the first table on the right, people were automatically going there first, which made restocking hard! When that happened, I - She of the Big Diaphragm - was sent to the front of the table to direct traffic elsewhere. I would do the Disney Point (two fingers, never one!) and say with a booming, official-sounding voice: "Food is located to the left, or further down!" This would give the guys time to restock the tables, and then I'd stop for a while.
It got to the point however, that that became my 'job' for the rest of the night, and, well, I inadvertently turned into a Cast Member. Runners heard The Voice and how official I sounded, and came to me for all sorts of things! Where is the bathroom? Where is water? How to I reunite with my family? It was really funny! I think even some of the ACTUAL cast members were confused - like they didn't know who I was...
One request that I got that made me super-sad was a gentleman who came up to me and showed me that his BRAND-NEW spinning medal was broken! The inside part had fallen out! I took his medal and ran back to the Medal Area for him and got a new one to bring back to him. One of the medal volunteers told me that this wasn't a rare occurrence - a lot of them were falling apart. And later that night, I began to hear a few clanks as medals fell... I think if I'd paid $200+ for this race and my medal was so defective I couldn't even get a finisher photo with it, I'd be pretty pissed!!! A lot of people were, judging by Facebook and other social media the next day. Perhaps Disney will rethink spinners...
Anyway, eventually we ran out of boxes and bananas, and even Craisins (eww), so I busted out my Cast Member voice again and directed remaining runners to the left.... and further down. We broke down our tables and cleaned up our trash while the last few runners came though and then it was time to head back to buses. Man, I've never been so glad to be on a bus (a DRY bus) in my life! We made it back to the Volunteer tent, picked up our ticket and drove back to our hotel. It's been a LONG day and I was beat! Let's get some sleep before we hit up a park in a few hours (what? You know we wouldn't leave without going to a park!)