The National AIDS Marathon Training Program, training two or three hundred runners to participate in the San Francisco Marathon, started this morning bright and early at 7:00 AM.
I work for the organization as a Site Assistant managing the logistics of the weekly training. The participants raise money for various AIDS service organizations and receive a comprehensive weekly training program as well as airfare and accommodations for marathons outside their local area.
My wife trained with AIDS Marathon for the Honolulu Marathon last December. I started as a volunteer, mostly pouring water for the longer training runs, and, when one of the Site Assistants was called to Iraq (from the National Guard), I got a "promotion".
The pay isn't large (it barely covers my gas running around the course) but the people are great and the cause is deserving. I have a lot of fun with it, and I'm proud to be on the team.