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Volunteering at the Marathon – Gatorade, anyone?


T and I volunteered for the Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning, waking up at 5:45 am and filling up over 1,000 cups of Gatorade in preparation for the onslaught of runners at the finish line. There were an additional 15-20 other tables stocked 4 levels high for approximately 20,000 cups of Endurance Formula Gatorade (2 jugs of water to 1 jug of concentrate was the recipe for the still too sweet energy drink). So, after the debacle last year and the Olympic bid looming, Chicago was ready and prepared for the 80+ degree heat that once again plagued the 26.2 mile race. Interestingly, one drawback of all that preparation was that the Gatorade ended up tasting hot as a result of sitting under the sun for 3+ hours. Sorry, runners. T and I did try to pour fresh/cool Gatorade to all of our runners, and other tables started to do the same. Great job to all who beat the heat!

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5 Responses

  1. Danielle says:

    All of the volunteers were amazing! Thank you so much for everything you did. You definitely helped me cross the finish line and I couldn’t have done it without you!

  2. DC says:

    Danielle – congratulations on completing the marathon. Having run 2 races before, I can speak to how grueling the run is. I was fortunate to have a bit cooler weather, so I’m inspired by everyone who finished on Sunday. Cheers!

  3. Brian says:

    Thanks for all your help. The volunteers and the spectators were awesome. Y’all made the first 18 or 20 miles go by like a breaze, and then with the help of God, y’all carried me to the finish for my first marathon with a time of 4:16. Thanks again, the race was awesome.

  4. DC says:

    Brian – You’re welcome. It was an honor, and congrats on that great time! Under 10 min miles on an 80+ day. Awesome job!

  5. pduck11 says:

    I found your website! ( It took a few minutes…….and websites……) Still, I found it!

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