Today I participated in the P.F. Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon as a volunteer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Miracles in Motion.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” — Lao-tzu
The Miracles in Motion program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train for a full/half marathon and receive expert training advice along the way. Each Miracles in Motion participant is running in honor of a former or current Phoenix Children’s Hospital patient, building a special bond that will last forever. MIM Website
I helped assist the tent check-in and escorting runners from the finish line to the PCH tent. I arrived at Phoenix Children’s Hospital around 6:55 am and met up with the other volunteers. There were about 8 of us that were helping with MIM. Once we arrived at Sun Devil Stadium half our group walked off and started following people that were going to the starting line. The four of us that remained ended up calling the organizer three times before we found out where he was located. It took us a good 15 minutes to find him. There wasn’t much set up to be done because he came in the night before and decorated, he said next year he will wait for the volunteers now that he knows how much time he has in the morning.
I was with 4 other volunteers that stood at the exit of the race holding signs with the PCH logo on it to escort the runners back to the hospitality tent. MIM had a total of 70 people that participated in the run, and all the participants that I spoke to were very nice. I only heard one sad story from a runner. The child that she was running for that day was admitted back into Phoenix Children’s Hospital the night before. I didn’t find any information about the child, but you could tell she was sad that he had to go back in.
Back at the tent some of the older children from the hospital and runners family members gathered for crafts and snacks as they waited for their loved ones to cross the finish line.
I had a lot of fun today helping out, it felt good to assist other people. It turned out to be a good day. It probably helped this morning when I payed it forward at Dutch Brother’s when I stopped to get my coffee. I was the second car of 3 in line. The guy in front of me was taking a long time, and I was getting impatient so when I got up to the window and place my order I decided to cancel out that bad karma and I paid for a large coffee for the car behind me. They say that one kind gesture can change a persons perspective on their entire day, so hopefully the lady behind had as good of a day as I had.