A great way to get involved
in a new sport/hobby is to volunteer. With spring here and summer on its way
race season is starting for a number of different recreational sports across
the country. The best seat in the
house for many of these events is at the volunteer level. Not only are you right where the action
is but you're up close with many of the sport's top athletes. More importantly you'll get to see all
the entrants at all different skill levels. Many times the greatest moments in a race are not
necessarily at the first and second place finishes.

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Triathlon season is revving
up all across the country as well as sports like marathon running, ultra and
trail running, local fundraising runs (5K & 10K) and open water distant
swims. All of these sports are not
the greatest for spectators but at the volunteer level you'll not only be
helping those entered, you'll get to see some great competition up close. It may even encourage you to get out
there and try it yourself-once you see all the different types of people out
there getting it done and enjoying themselves.

Active.com is a wonderful
website to check in with on what events are coming your way this spring and
summer. There is generally also
volunteer information for each race included and nine times out of ten you get
a cool shirt for helping out if not more!

What do you think?