DC Capital Striders Volunteer at DC Triathlon – June 19, 2011
I woke this morning shortly before 5 am welcoming the day and getting items together for the trek down to DC for the DC Triathlon; one of two major triathlons in DC each year. DC Capital Striders was offering a team of volunteers at mile 3 on the run course in the 9th street tunnel. I always enjoy volunteering at events such as this because it’s a great feeling giving back to the fitness community; which I take so much from.
I met with approximately 20 DC Capital Striders volunteers bright and early. We set up 4 tables, poured thousands of cups of both powerade and water and waited the arrival of thousands of triathletes. The first to arrive were the age group amateur athletes and the first few that went by looked nothing like amateurs. It’s amazing how fast someone can run after swimming 1500 meters and biking 40 kilometers! I saw many friends from DC Triathlon Club and many others who I have trained with over the years.
After raking what seemed like thousands of cups; the professional triathletes were on their way. You know when they are coming because they are led by a caravan of DC metro police officers and a biker making sure the course is clear. Now, when I said the amateurs were fast, I meant it; but these athletes, wow! They are like pure bred thoroughbreds whistling through the wind (of course there wasn’t any wind since we were in a tunnel, but you get the idea). Some of them were passing our aid station at a 5 minute per mile pace. All I can say is, I admire it.
A few of our volunteers noticed one of the professional athletes who had gone down about 500 yards from our aid station. Several of us quickly went into action and sprinted to this runner to assess the situation. Once we arrived, we noticed he was breathing and conscious; indicating he was having a hard time breathing due to his asthma. We quickly cooled him off, monitored him and the race first aid crew were notified. They arrived within minutes and took the athlete back to the race start for medical care.
After all the athletes were finished their race, the aid station was cleared and about 6 of us went over to Capital Lounge for a post volunteering brunch. A good day in DC all around and congrats to all DC Tri finishers! I hope to see many of you at Nation’s Triathlon in the Fall!
Tip of the day: Get the “Hangover” sandwich at Capital Lounge – even if you aren’t hung over it’s very good! Who doesn’t like egg, cheese and bacon with jalapenos!