ST. GEORGE — It’s been a while since Grady Sinclair clocked in, so he was looking for a way to give some of himself to a good cause in the community. And with the Ironman 70.3 World Championship coming right up on Sept. 18, volunteering as race support proved to be the perfect opportunity.
In this episode of “Grady Clocks In,” Sinclair joined Susi Lafaele at a bike aid station for a little pre-race training. Sinclair was tasked with handing out Gatorade to thirsty athletes as they zoomed by. After a couple of misses, he figured out how to successfully put much-needed hydration in their hands.
Watch this installment of “Grady Clocks In” in the media player above to see if Grady survives for another episode.
“Aid stations are really important for our athletes because this is the only place where they can get sustenance and liquid, and they can carry on through the rest of the race,” Lafaele said.
Sinclair also tackled an aid station on the run course, where he handed out disposable cups of water to passing competitors.
“It is so easy, and it makes you feel so good to volunteer,” he said.
Volunteering is fun and anyone can do it – kids, families, seniors. So grab a friend or two and get involved! There are many ways to help, not only at the aid stations but also with registration, bag stuffing, gear transport and much more.
Volunteers are needed not only on race day but throughout the entire week for events, including the Ironkids Run and the Land of Endurance Fun Run. In total, it takes about 4,000 people to run a global-scale race like the World Championship.
Once all of the athletes have crossed the finish line and the hard work is finished, Greater Zion and Ironman will host a banquet celebrating the dedication of this year’s volunteers.
Rise to the challenge and claim your volunteer station today at Ironman.Greater Zion.com. If you have a large group of volunteers or are interested in serving as a captain, contact Colby Nielson at [email protected].
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