#30 - volunteering at the wanaka challenge

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that's me, all official traffic coordinating!

*****DAY FORTY-SIX (Saturday, January 17th) - GOOD ON YA!*****

I volunteered to help out with the Wanaka Challenge today! I got to my post at 1:30pm and was there until 11pm.  I'm so lucky I was paired up with Louise....we had so much fun cheering on all the runners.  I made a sign that said "Good on ya!" - one of my favorite New Zealand phrases.  :)  I was oh-so-official in my bright orange traffic coordinator jacket.  They thought it was going to rain, so we were SOOO lucky that the weather held out.  It defintiely got pretty windy at times - but overall, such a great day.  Our station had the prettiest view of the lake as we waited for runners to come up the hill. The course had 2 loops on the run, so we got to see everyone twice which was fun.

Louise & me with my "Good on Ya!" sign!
  And also, we'd see them when they had about 3k to go.

Chris MacDonald (Australia) was the first male finisher & Gina Ferguson (New Zealand) was the first female finisher.  They both broke records!  They were very impressive, but equally as impressive was the oldest competitor, Garth Barfoot - he's 72 years old and did the whole ironman!  And there was also a team of Septaugenarians (their runner was 79!)  So inspiring!!

At 10pm, it was so nice, a woman came out of her house and asked me if I wanted coffee!  She brought me a little flask & a mug - it was SOO perfect.  I can't believe we were out there all day - at times it seemed long, but overall it really flew by!

Louise, Jerry (her friend) and I went down to the finish line to watch the final finishers.  We split a bottle of wine and sat outside (it was definitely CHILLY!) until the final competitors came in.  It was so cool, they handed out sparklers to everyone as the final competitors came in & there were fireworks.  So cool!   Definitely a very long day & I was pooped - but I obviously did nothing compared to what the over 400 athletes did today.  It was such a fun & rewarding way to spend my last day in Wanaka!  :)

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thats me, all official traffic co…
that's me, all official traffic c…
Louise & me with my Good on Ya! …
Louise & me with my "Good on Ya!"…
Chris MacDonald - the first male.
Chris MacDonald - the first male.
A closer shot of Chris MacDonald!
A closer shot of Chris MacDonald!
Gina Ferguson - first place female!
Gina Ferguson - first place female!
Hillary Biscay from the USA!!!!  W…
Hillary Biscay from the USA!!!! …
Good on ya!
Good on ya!
My sign for Heidi!
My sign for Heidi!
GO Heidi! Team Menage a Tri.
GO Heidi! Team Menage a Tri.
My view as the day went on!
My view as the day went on!
The finish line.
The finish line.
Fireworks at the finish line.
Fireworks at the finish line.
The scene at the finish line.
The scene at the finish line.
The second guy to finish - his hea…
The second guy to finish - his he…
Everyone formed a tunnel for the l…
Everyone formed a tunnel for the …
Garths finish at 12:30 at night!
Garth's finish at 12:30 at night!
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photo by: Koralifix