In case you haven’t heard, Team RWB Texas is a force to be reckoned with! The latest achievement on their list was organizing, manning and executing a very successful water station at mile 17 of the Houston marathon. The effort was spearheaded by Melissa Grobler, who enlisted over 100 volunteers to support, cheer on, and revitalize over 10,000 runners. With the tremendous help and support of Aaron and Tiffany Hetherington, Katherine Powell, and Jeanette Pearson the station was aglow with Team Red, White & Blue signs and markers, which not only invigorated the six Team RWB athletes running the race (Bill & Bridget Moeller, Jim, Jenny and Robert Mason, and Nichole Witt), but also the thousands of runners, spectators and volunteers at the event.
It is no easy feat to coordinate a volunteer effort of this magnitude and maintain the constant fire, for which Team Red, White & Blue community members are so well known, throughout an entire day. But in true fashion, they maintained an intense state of enthusiasm and support for every runner in Houston on January 14th, right down to the last man. They not only handed out water, gatorade and energy supplements, but (and this is my favorite part) also manned a free “high 5” station with volunteers under the age of 5 being an integral part of that duty.
Many congratulations to Melissa, Houston lead advocate – Chris Widell, and the whole team of volunteers who made this event happen. This was a brilliant idea, which gave hundreds of people of all ages an opportunity to volunteer and simultaneously show their support for Team Red, White & Blue. The event spurred a donation from the Houston Marathon Committee to TRWB, but much more importantly it generated a great deal of awareness for our important mission.
After their amazing success at the Houston marathon, Team RWB Houston has committed to man a water station at the Woodlands Marathon on March 3rd, 2012. They will also be providing athlete support at the Ironman Texas on May 19th, 2012 (Aaron Hetherington will lead that effort). So if you are in the Texas area and looking for a way to get involved with Team RWB, here is your opportunity. Stay plugged in by visiting Team RWB Texas on facebook or checkout Chris Widell’s newsletter at this link.
Congratulations and keep up the fire Texas!
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