WOW! People are crazy! On Saturday May 1st we had the honor to volunteer at the 1st Bike Aide Station for the Ford Ironman Competition 2010 in Southern Utah. It was AWESOME! After the athletes swam 2.4 miles in Sand Hollow Reservoir and got on their bike we were the first people they saw. We were at mile 13 of the 112 miles that they had to bike. Which happened to be only a mile and a half away from my house.
Burke Staheli, the principal of Washington Elementary and a good friend of ours was in charge of the entire Aide Station. It had 5 tables - Gatorade, Water, Food, Gatorade and the Water again - and each table had 10-15 people to man it.
We were on the first table and had the most incredible view. We could see the bikers coming down off of the Coral Canyon hill down telegraph, up the Washington Parkway Exit and over the overpass to us. Then they continued on down around the corner and we could see them for another mile. It was amazing! 2,000 people. Big, little, skinny, tall and even a few that were a little hefty.
We were to start yelling "Gatorade, Gatorade!" And when someone nodded or held there hand out we started to run along side of them holding the bottle form the bottom so they could grab it and not have to slow down. We were there from 6am till 11am and it seemed like a half an hour total. We were having so much fun and were so busy that we didn't notice the time until it was over. We had about 4 people that we new personally participate in the Ironman and later that night around 9:30 we got to see a couple of them cross the finish line after they finished the 26.2 marathon. It was amazing and inspiring! I can't wait to do it again next year!!