|Red Cross volunteer Elise Wallace and daughter Lucy.|
Five-year Red Cross volunteer Elise Wallace was thrilled to work as a spotter at this year’s 2013 ING NYC Marathon, supporting the New York Road Runners medical professionals post-finish line. Spotters helped locate and support runners who might require medical attention/evaluations by event medical staff. Additionally, spotters cheered the runners as they finished the grueling 26.2 mile race.
Elise reflected on how it felt to volunteer for the Red Cross at the marathon:
It's hard to put my feelings about yesterday into a short quote but I would say that it was honestly one of the best days of my life. I was so proud to wear the Red Cross logo as I greeted and helped the runners. Whether it was just a big high five or a situation of approaching someone with a real medical need, I found that everyone was comforted by the presence of a volunteer from the Red Cross.
I approached some runners and others approached me and every time I felt that I had made a difference in their Marathon experience. It is so rare to be a part of a huge human effort that is so positive and good. I was really grateful to be there!
Needless to say, Elise was also intensely proud of Lucy for completing the race for the Alzheimer's Association in Elise's father's name.