Surat City Half Marathon (Activity/Service)
SCHM hosted their first ever race on 13th September 2015 and a few of us volunteered to help them at the pit stops, to provide energy drinks and water bottles to the runners. We were very excited about the whole event and reached our venue in time. But, to our surprise, our pit stop wasn’t as fascinating as everybody else’s, we just had small tables and only water bottles as supplies. However, this didn’t really stop us from frantically jumping around the road in wait of the runners.
This activity definitely taught me a very important skill of multitasking. During the event all of us were opening up boxes, preparing the table, uncapping the bottles, passing them to the runners and hooting for their encouragement, all at the same time. It was a tiring job, but the excitement didn’t give us any negative feelings.
This activity helped all the runners a lot. We were not only providing them water, we were giving them pure motivation to run and finish their goal. In the end we went to another pit stop to give the runners a refreshing water bath. The happiness was enough of a reward for us.
There were runners from ages 12 to 70 and it was more motivating for us than astonishing. This was a life lesson I learnt. ‘There is no age for your passion (sports)’. This activity has changed me for better, at least it gave me some motivation to wake up early and practice for something that I am really passionate about.