High Five Events LOVES their volunteers! It would be impossible for us to put on our events the way we do without the support of the energetic and enthusiastic people who come out to help with packet pick-up, race set-up, and race day events.
The Rookie Tri has sold out, but you can still be involved in the event, earn credit towards completing the Texas Tri Series, and join in the fun with the team as a High Five Events Volunteer! (oh, AND you get a free volunteer t-shirt, burger, beer, and ice cream on race day, and an invite to the exclusive Rookie Tri Volunteer Party!)
Being a volunteer at High Five Events' races counts towards qualification in the Texas Tri Series and qualifies you for special volunteer and Tri Series prizes! Visit http://www.TexasTriSeries.com for further details.
Year after year, we continue to be amazed at how much our volunteers give to support the races and the athletes. To give you a more detailed glimpse into our wonderful volunteers, we’ll be highlighting an individual every month in our e-newsletter.
Up this month, one of High Five Events' most active and dedicated volunteers: James Thomas!
How many years have you volunteered with High Five Events? This will be my fourth year.
What is your favorite part of volunteering at High Five Event races? Getting to hear the stories of many of the participants.
Why do you volunteer? In my first year I was so being afraid of doing a tri, I volunteered. The second year, I suffered a bad dog bite, so I was out for that season and volunteered, and last year, I completed my first triathlon, participated in the Texas Tri Series, and volunteered. It is so much fun to hear people talk about their journey into the triathlon sport and to talk about "Their first Tri."
What's the craziest thing you've witnessed while volunteering? It is not really crazy, but I remember being in the Longhorn 70.3 transition area, and seeing a father's son and daughter watching him getting ready for the beginning of the race. After giving them a kiss at the fence and walking to the swim start, they race around the fence yelling for their dad and saying "We Love you Daddy."This is the great thing about the triathlon sport. The athlete does the training and completes the race, but they are never ever alone!
What's your favorite part of the course to work? Packet Pick-up.
Favorite sport besides triathlon? I am a basketball nut; I so wish Butler had won.
What is the earliest you've woken up to volunteer? 3:30am to carpool with another volunteer to The Rookie.
Favorite volunteer perk? Getting to meet so many great people.
Best/Worst volunteer t-shirt color? I do not think that the blue-green color (2009 Couples) is my best color, but with that race being my first tri, I will keep it.
Sign-up to volunteer at the upcoming Rookie Triathlon!