8/18 Volunteer for the Athleta Iron Girl Seattle Women's Triathlon

  • August 18, 2013 · 5:30 AM
  • Stan Sayres Park - Lake Washington

 

Once again, a group of us are leading the swim safety effort for the Triathlon, the name in the past was Danskin and then Trek, now it is Athleta Iron Girl, same geat people putting it on.

I will need about 35 volunteers to cover the swim portion of the course. I can provide kayaks and equipment for about 30 of our volunteers. We function as encouragement and rest platforms for the swimmers, many of whom are doing their first triathlon.

 

We typically meet at the swim start at Stan Sayres pits across from Genessee Park (north of Seward Park) on Lake Washington at 5:45-6am, spend 20 minutes going over what each of us needs to do and then support the race for about 3-4 hours. We are primarily responsible for monitoring the edges of the course, chasing down wayward swimmers that think a loop of Mercer Island is part of the course ;-) and providing a rest bouy (our boat) to tired swimmers. We also provide encouragement as well as transport some swimmers back to shore when requested. Danskin has divers and medical professionals on several larger boats that handle a bigger emergency. The exact details will be sent to you as city permit requirements get flowed down to the schedule. So come join us and help out, in addition to feeling good about your contribution, you'll meet some great people, have some coffee and bagels and even get a volunteer T shirt.

Link to volunteer website :

www.irongirl.com/Events/Seattle/Volunteer

 

or

 

http://www.irongirl.com/Events/Seattle/Volunteer#axzz2alTR4CPR

 

 

It's a good idea to sign up on their site so that you get a parking pass, volunteer T shirt and all the cool stuff they hand out, you can also  save driving and carpool in with me.

 

I will do the Saul morning bus route to pick people up on my way, so it may not be a big deal.

Signing up on the Athleta site makes parking permits, food, coffee and T shirts much easier. Please make sure you get signed up on the Athleta site, that way you get your T shirt, your parking pass and your breakfast food ;-)

www.irongirl.com/Events/Seattle/Volunteer Parking permits are being sent to those of you that registered on the Athleta site, others should carpool with me.

Saul "bus" schedule for those of you wanting to be picked up on the way:

 

  • Saul's house - 4:45am - Jimmy
  • Ballinger Starbucks 5:00am
  • Lake City at 121st Starbucks 5:10am - Carrie Carlstead
  • In front of Husky Stadium on the West side of the road at the intersection of 25th and Pacific 5:20am-
  • Lake Washington Boulevard and Madison Street (near Arboreteum) 5:30am -
  • Arrive at Genesee Park 5:40am.

 

I drive Lake City Way to 25th then past Husky stadium to the arboreteum and on the the park. I have room for 5 more people in my vehicle, so shoot me an email with your cell phone number if you need a ride and we'll work out details.

 

I am bringing kayaks for the following people (I have more kayaks so let me know if you need me to bring one for you)

Loaner gear:

 

Own gear

April Michael Z Bob Bob's guest Kevin Steve R Eric S Dan Lewis L Mellissa I will likely bring about 10 single kayaks and the rest will be tandems.

I will also bring a big pump carafe of coffee and the race director will provide more coffe and lots of bagels, yes their is a reward for getting up so early ;-)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Baptized my phone on Sunday morning when I first jumped into the water...So I just find the way today to output these pics from my old phone...Yes, they are still in there! Thanks Saul org this event and I enjoyed very much, and also very nice to meet everyone in the group! Nice to meet you all!

    August 20, 2013

  • Betty S.

    Would like to get some of those photos taken before we launched.. Betty

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the experience and the peeps! Thanks to Saul for organizing and the great eats!!

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Betty S.

    I could not have imagined how enjoyable this event would be. So grateful Saul for this kind of opportunity...also I was happy to be part of the demonstration of how not to enter a kayak....all part of the EXPERIENCE!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Karin S

    Really enjoyed being able to go to this event and help out with the swimcourse. Thanks for bringing the kayaks, and the BBQ afterwards was really delicious :)) Thanks Saul!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Jessie W.

    Eryn will be there

    August 17, 2013

  • Cathy

    Sorry can't make it this time.

    August 17, 2013

  • Karin S

    Saul, just want to confirm I'm meeting you tomorrow at 5am at ballinger Starbucks?

    August 17, 2013

  • Matt J.

    I have room on my roof rack for another boat. Leaving from Ballard area at 4:45am. Give me a call if you want to pool it. Matt J. (206)[masked]

    August 17, 2013

  • Karin S

    Saul, since i have a parking pass i will drive down and Jess can take my spot in the van. See ya tomorrow: )7

    August 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Karin, I have a car and a parking pass so I can meet up with everyone tomorrow :) Am getting excited!

      August 17, 2013

  • Chuck D.

    Wish I could help out, I helped at the one last year in Woodinville and it was a lot of fun, but I have other plans for tomorrow.

    August 17, 2013

  • Saul_K

    I'll have extra kayaks for chalk who need them. Jess, I'm guessing that you missed signing up on the Iron Girl website so you don't have a parking pass, you should probably carpool with us. Give me a call today so we can figure things out. [masked]

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey hey! I just moved to Seattle from New Haven, CT. I have kayaked before and would love to help with this event and meet new peeps. I have my own car and will be able to meet up with everyone there. please let me know if I need to know any additional info.

    August 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will also need a kayak, sorry

      August 17, 2013

  • Karin S

    oops forgot to tell you i will need to borrow a kayak, but you probably knew that :)

    August 15, 2013

  • Wanda C.

    Don't suppose you could ever schedule one of these for AFTER the sun comes up! Welcome home (again) Saul.

    August 15, 2013

  • RoyN

    Lake temp is warm. Around 70-74 depending if the sun is out, at least it was a few weeks ago during Seafair. If you have a roll, but not dependable and would like some help, we can work on your roll after the event is over.

    August 13, 2013

  • Wanda C.

    I'm coming from Auburn. Room for another boat and a person (or a couple people.)

    August 12, 2013

  • Saul_K

    It looks like most of you have done the sign up on the iron girl website, thanks. You should have received an email from me today. Here is who shows up there:
    "Lana","Buethe"
    "[masked]","Matthew","Gallagher"
    "[masked]","Kelsey","magee"
    "[masked]","Gustavo","Mori"
    "[masked]","Heather","Means"
    "[masked]","Karin","Scott"
    "[masked]","Glenn","Goglin"
    "[masked]","Betty","Swarthout"
    "[masked]","Mike","Currid"
    "[masked]","Gabriele","Poverchuk"
    "[masked]","Erik","Hyypia"
    "[masked]","Susan","Woodside"
    "[masked]","Christopher","Cunningham"
    "[masked]","Saul","Kinderis"
    "[masked]","Bill","Porter"
    "[masked]","Nancy","Hasenpflug"
    "[masked]","Tracy","He"
    "[masked]","Matt","Jolley"
    "[masked]","Shelley","Furrer"
    "[masked]","marcy","sparks"
    "[masked]","Judy","Rawlings"
    "[masked]","Helen","Daniel"

    Thanks and I'll see you next Sunday.

    August 7, 2013

  • Gustavo M.

    I will need kayak and loaner gear. Thanks!

    August 1, 2013

  • Susanww

    Hi, i'm signed up on the volunteer site too. Will drive my boat over to the park.

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Saul, I signed up on the irongirl site and are scheduled from 5:15 to 10:30am . Can I catch a ride with you from your house?

    July 17, 2013

    • Saul_K

      Yes, that will work

      August 1, 2013

  • Kirk A.

    Moving to a new house that weekend, so I have to cancel.

    July 22, 2013

  • marcy s.

    I had so much fun last year with this event! Looking forward to it.

    April 30, 2013

  • Wanda C.

    That's a long way off...tentatively - yes.

    April 29, 2013

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