Saturday, February 03, 2007

AIDS Marathon Training Program

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.

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