For the last four Wednesdays I volunteered at Go Beyond Racing’s Go Race Series. I’ve been looking for a fun opportunity and given the races were held at a park mere minutes from my house, I jumped at the chance to help out at this 5K Series. And I’m glad I did.
During my job of handing out bib numbers and cheering on the racers, I caught a glimpse of a few remarkable runners:
- A woman who was always smiling – it was contagious!
- A man who ran his first race ever as part of the Series
- A woman who told me she’d probably come in last, but was determined and positive nonetheless
- A woman who has endured several injuries but entered the Series with the mental and physical fortitude to get through any challenge
Go Beyond Racing donates a portion of every race registration fee to a nonprofit. And for the Go Race Series, the runners got to choose the beneficiary—and they selected Compassion First, an organization that provides long-term, hope-filled solutions for survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. The organization provides services worldwide, as well as locally in Oregon.
Since I was a volunteer, my participation did not directly support the organization, so I donated $10 to Compassion First as part of Small Change, an initiative I founded to give back to our race and adventure cities (Small Change = BIG impact). I’m honored to be involved in a growing movement that gives back through the sport I love so much.
My experience as a volunteer reminded me it doesn’t need to be a tough trail race, marathon, or a 100-miler for inspiration to pop up—it can happen any time and at any distance.
I encourage you to learn more about Compassion First and how you can get involved.