Things they don’t tell you when you sign up to give out medals at the finish line at a 70.3 triathlon:
1. Medals can get HEAVY.
2. You’re more than likely gonna get sunburned. Even if you wear sunscreen. Because when 10-15 people at a time are coming in at once, there isn’t time to reapply when you’re one of the 3 medal givers.
3. And your sunburn is gonna be awkward from carrying medals.
4. You’re occasionally gonna have difficulty differentiating if the person in front of you is bending forward for you to put the medal on them, or if they’re cramping up or gonna puke in your direction. Either way, always stand a little bit to the side.
5. Sometimes, at the end of the race people get so upset with their results they end up refusing to receive their medals.
Things I learned simply from observing people at the finish line:
1. Pros are more likely to fall over when they cross the finish line than age groupers.
2. There are lots of badass people in the world.
3. Man, do those tri suits show sweaty salt lines.
4. Pros get blisters, too (The pro female winner had huge bloody blisters on the back of her feet. She had to take off her shoes during her interviews and was dumping water on them while she was standing there).
5. Ice water poured on your back at the end of a really hot race (temps got up to the mid 90s at one point) feels FANTASTIC.
6. You get lots of free stuff when you volunteer at big races like this.
7. Did I mention there are LOTS of badass people in the world?