After three hours of sleep, I was up and ready to go at 3:45 AM. After a quick briefing with my supervisor and co-interns, I was off to the finish line! I set up a backdrop for interviews, brought over the awards and winners’ checks, and set my computer up at the finish line media center.
Finally, after hearing the national anthem from the start line, several blocks away, the race was off! I ended up tracking the elite races! Cyclists were following the elite leaders and texting me who was in the lead and what their mile splits were. (I have no idea how they were texting and cycling at the same time!) Then, I would update a large mile-by-mile leaderboard for members of the media to use.
Of course, when the elite race was over, I was at the finish line to see all four elite races finish! Afterwards, I just stayed around the finish line area and helped answer any questions media had. At 3:50:00 into the race, I got to see a friend cross the finish line for the full! I also got to meet Amanda cross the finish line for her half (congrats, girl!).
After that, I was in charge of escorting the Mexican delegation to the Finish Line Festival and awards ceremony. One of them eventually gave me his card and told me to send him my resume—looks like I’m going to work in Mexico (uhmm…not).
Following that, I helped man the media center again and helped with general clean up at the finish line. On my way to the finish line, I ran into Adrian Crouch of chasefear! It was an honor to meet her—I was a total fan girl!
I was even there to see Wayne Kurtz, an ultramarathoner, cross the finish line after ten hours on the course! Kurtz participated in the 48 Dreadmill event at our Expo. He ran/walked for 48 hours and immediately tackled the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh marathon afterwards! He ended up walking/running 173.2 miles in a course of 58 hours—we gave him 7 marathon medals when he got to the finish line!
After cleanup was done, the entire staff enjoyed a Cinco de Mayo celebration at a local Mexican restaurant (margaritas included!).
It was a wonderful experience, and both the Race Director and the Director of Operations told me to apply for the internship again next year! This past weekend was truly one of the best weekends of my life—it’s amazing to lookup and see my contribution culminate in this wonderful race!