San Felipe Shootout Race at Stephen F. Austin State Park, west of Houston. Runners could choose the 5K, the 10K (held an hour later) or the half marathon (held two hours after the 10K) or all three for the shoot-out.
I started volunteering at packet pick-up. It was so cold (50 maybe and good race weather) that I could hardly get my shivering fingers to attach safety pins to bibs.
Later, I moved on to an aid station. We had pretzels dipped in Nutella, dates, Fig Newtons and much more. It might have been about 80 degrees (not good race weather!) when the runners finished the last race so they were thirsty. Because it was a cupless race and many runners didn't bring cups, we ended up using cups for some, but it looked like going without cups saved on a lot of trash.
It was fun to help today and because I volunteered I'll be able to run an upcoming 50 mile or 50K ultra for free - a savings of $80-90! After seeing the runners in today's heat, I'm leaning more towards the 50K rather than the 50 mile race held next month.
I'm trying to decide on whether I'd use a handheld bottle, hydration belt or hydration pack in the upcoming race. I've tried them all on long runs. The handheld would probably be the most comfortable, but I'd have to stop for many refills. Even if there isn't a line at the fluid station, it takes time to fill bottles and the minutes add up.
Having lots of options is a good thing, though... Not always, but in these non-life threatening decisions, yes! No?!