In January 2014, my husband and I were able to volunteer for Marathon Weekend. This was our first experience volunteering for runDisney. I participate in runDisney events and it was great to give back a little! I had signed up on the runDisney website.
We had received our badges in the mail.
We got very nice wind jackets and a t shirt.
We volunteered for three days. The first was Expo packet pickup (13 hour shift) and to pass out water for the 5 & 10k runs (6 hour shifts). We had to arrive at 3:30 am for the water handouts. This is even before the runners had to start showing up. We were assigned our positions and driven by van backstage at Epcot.
We were to set up by China!
We had to work quickly to set up the tables and the cups and then pour all the water. It wasn’t long before the runners starting going by!
The next three hours flew by in a dizzying array of runners and walkers. After the last participant, the security team came through and told us were all done. We broke down the tables and started to leave. I saw Mushu from Mulan and asked their handler if I could get a picture. There are characters all along the running route!
It was truly a great experience and I will certainly volunteer for this again! Unknown to us at the time, if you volunteer for 16 hours, you receive a one day ticket to WDW parks! We received the letter and ticket in the mail!
We are annual passholders so will save this ticket until a family member needs it next year!