well, here it is – the very last new experience of this year’s 1970kikiproject. wow. it feels a little emotional! happily, we launch next year’s kiki project on monday!
i had decided wayyyy back in the fall to volunteer at our new year’s day resolution run for a new experience. as we got closer to the date/the end of the kiki project, i thought i would make this event project #40, and then i’d have one more project to complete between january 2nd and 8th. however, the vibe just wasn’t coming together for what to do for that last new experience. so, i ratified my plans and decided to see a movie as new experience #40, and volunteer at the run to wrap up the project.
the more i thought on it, the more i liked the concept. this final kikiproject would include philanthropy; it was on new year’s day; it is a fitness-focussed event; it would be an opportunity to hang out and be social with my friends from the store…what a 100% winning combination!
the resolution run is an annual event held at many locations across canada. for the kitchener-waterloo chapter, we hold a 10k run (at 10:00 a.m.) and a 5k run or walk. (over 400 people participated, this year). the race site is the kitchener ymca, the race director is manager paul. [sidenote: the kitchener ymca holds a special place in my heart: from about 1990 - 2002, it was my gym, and that's where i got introduced to aerobics, taught aerobics, made close running friendships...i spent a lot of happy hours there].
anyway, i told paul i was happy to help out…but could i please volunteer indoors?! i did not relish the thought of being a course marshal, outdoors in january. good call on my part! while we enjoyed above-freezing temps this new year’s day, it poured rain during the 10k and rained steadily for the 5k. our poor outdoor volunteers were soaked and chilled [it's one thing to be active running or walking in wet conditions, and quite another to be standing still!].
so, i got to handle the food/refreshments table!
the following is a pictorial description of my new year’s day volunteer experience:
manager paul has organized numerous resolution runs, and by now has streamlined the process:
friends and familiar, friendly faces. i so enjoyed seeing everyone! people were so willing to pose “for the blog!”
when you registered for the resolution run, you received a free jacket with your entry:
and a blast from the past! a friend from my y days just happened to be at the y!
and guess what! a new experience within a new experience: TWO blog readers came up and introduced themselves – i’ve never had that happen before!
it was SO cool to meet both dawn and ali, in person!
oh yea – i did fulfill my volunteer duties, too!
our refreshment table offered water; granola bars; juice boxes; bananas; clementines. given the rain, i think soup, coffee and hot chocolate would have made welcome additions!
guess what else – i realized i never showed you who the orange mittens were for (my last christmas knitting project):
being the shoe professional that i am, of course, i subconsciously tend to look at people’s feet. check these out…
all in all, i could not have asked for a better way to end off my 41 new experiences. all participants seemed to have a great time, and it was much fun to celebrate the arrival of 2012 at the resolution run event.
do you have any new year’s day traditions? in order to volunteer, i unfortunately had to skip my annual viewing of the rose bowl parade with dad. i did get to clean the condo casa – love to start the new year with an organized home! and i chilled out by painting my nails and watching a movie!).