In order to qualify for the 2012 NYC Marathon, you have to do one volunteer stint (affectionately referred to as a +1). I was too late in signing up to actually run the Portugal 5M in the park yesterday but there were still volunteer spots open when I looked. At 6:30 am yesterday morning you could find me looking like the above on the west side. I LOVED cheering on the runners while still making sure they were safe and not being run over by a biker. It was lots of fun to see the front pack which was a large group of competitive local runners follower quickly and steadily by the rest of the race. NY runners are fast even if they aren’t winning the race! All in all, a very fun experience!