|Point Pinole was the scene of the Nitro Trail events.|
|Point Pinole was once the site of the Giant Powder Company, an explosives company who went out of business a long time ago. The site is currently a registered California landmark.|
Going in, I knew the weather was going to be wet and rainy, but I didn't expect things to be also incredibly windy.
I was assigned to Aid Station #1.
I knew things were going bad when:
- Empty cups on the table would not stay on the table for us to fill them with water and sports drinks. They were blown off the table.
- The flow of water/sports drinks I was pouring was blown towards the outside of the cup, spilling the fluid onto the ground.
- Small cups of dry snacks, including pretzels, M&M's and Skittles, were blown off the table.
The worst part was the wind took out our aid station's canopy.
|We were literally left out in the wind and rain for quite some time because our canopy broke.|
My snowboarding jacket and rain paints seem to hold up for the length of time we were out there, but my nose kept running. Had it been much longer, I don't think my jacket would have held up.
I really felt bad for 2 of my aid station colleagues. They had jeans on for pants.
It felt like an eternity out there, but eventually, the course sweeper came thru.
We then packed up everything into a truck and headed back to the Start/Finish area, where I warmed up with 2 cups of coffee.
Despite the rough experience at this event, I will still volunteer at running events because without volunteers, running events just would not be possible. I'll just make sure if I volunteer at this location to put on an extra layer of clothing.