Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a creature was VOLUNTEERING...not even a mouse!
All the running shoes were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that the New Years Day race would not be a bear.
The runners were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of PRs danced in their heads.
And Bonnie in her Asics, and Jeff in his Brooks,
Were worried that not enough VOLUNTEERS were yet on the books.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a New Year's Day Race course marshal, and eight more VOLUNTEERS.
With a bunch of VOLUNTEERS , so lively and quick,
They knew in a moment their note did the trick.
More rapid than eagles the VOLUNTEERS came,
And they whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now start line! now, registration! now, food prep and parking!
On, announcer! On, water stop! on clean-up and course marking!
To the top of the park! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away VOLUNTEERS! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the turn-around point the VOLUNTEERS flew,
With the sleigh full of cones, and the water stop too.
And then, in a twinkling, they heard on the course
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As they prepped all the food, and the last chip was found,
Onto the course the first runners came with a bound.
They were dressed in all styles, from shorts to warm jackets
And they all had big smiles despite the lack of race packets.
A jumble of sizes and paces, from speedy to slacker,
All are welcome at MCRRC races, even back-of-the- packers.
Their eyes-how they twinkled! Their dimples how merry!
Their cheeks were like roses, noses like cherries!
The VOLUNTEER announcer was cheerful and ready to start the show,
All knew the race could begin once he said "GO!"
So spring to your sleighs, give the New Years Race Directors a whistle,
VOLUNTEER for the race so they don't get too wistful (sorry).
You will hear them exclaim, when they see all your faces,
"Happy VOLUNTEERING to all, and to all a great race!"
Please help put a stop to the rhyming by volunteering for this wonderful race!
Jeff and Bonnie Gitlin, race directors
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