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.
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!