From participant to volunteer, the WIN for KC Triathlon is addictive
The WIN for KC triathlon was my very first tri two years ago. I remember attending the training workshop hosted by WIN and hearing one of the volunteers say that after, I would probably get bitten by the triathlon bug and would keep coming back for more after my first race. That seemed hard to believe at the time, but it was an apt prediction: I’ve been competing in triathlons for two years now. I just keep coming back for more!
I can’t compete this summer though, because I am pregnant with my first baby (a girl!). Unfortunately, open water swimming, cycling, and running are not doctor approved when you’re seven months along. I still love triathlons, and love WIN, so I decided to volunteer for the race this year instead of competing.
I will be coordinating all aspects of the transition area. I will be there to make sure swimmers can safely, and quickly get out of the water and on to the bike, then back off the bike and out on the run. The transition area volunteers, like me, will keep the pathways clear of spectators and other competitors and will be there in case anyone needs any extra assistance.
I am just one of dozens of volunteers at the race. Other volunteers help with check-in and body marking, they make sure the finish line festival is rocking, and they keep swimmers safe in the water.
Volunteering is perfect for people like me, who love the sport, but who can’t compete because of injury, illness or just lack of preparation or training. It’s also a great way for a beginner to be introduced to the sport.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please click here and fill in your information. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
By Carly Duvall