I spent New Years Eve day volunteering with my sister at Across the Years. ATY is a 24-48-72 hour race from Aravaipa Running that attracts ultra runners from all over the country, and even a few other countries as well. Those running the 24 hour race can choose which day they want to start their race. But most choose the Monday start to experience the New Years atmosphere. Which is where the name comes from.
The volunteer shift was from 8-4 at the aid station. We saw runners from all three races come through all throughout the day and kept them fed, hydrated and as happy as we could. We served everything from egg burrito’s to sushi to grilled cheese sandwiches. And the vegetable lasagne was quite the hit. After running upwards of 200 miles in some cases, the body tells the runner what it needs and wants. You never can tell what it will be so the kind race coordinators try to have a little bit of everything on hand. And cater to all diets including vegan and gluten free.
Families and crews of the runners set up tents and tables all around the course to keep their runners fed, clothed and rested. The course is a one mile loop around Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers spring training facility. We were able to walk the course with a guest bib and it really was a simple, pretty loop around the various practice fields. There was a remote aid station about halfway around and we saw some families and crews with RV’s that chose to setup camp on the side. It was another AMAZING event by Aravaipa Running.
The day just FLEW by and before we knew it, it was time for the next shift of volunteers to take over. The rest of New Years Eve was spent cooking my first ever prime rib (a HUGE success) and watching a Newsroom marathon on HBO. What can I say, we are party animals. We celebrated on East Coast time and went to bed. However, we did see Arizona midnight when the GUNFIRE freaked out the dogs. In NC, it was fireworks. In AZ, it is gunfire. Everyone settled back down eventually.
How did you spend your New Years? 2013 Goals coming soon!