The Rider

July 12, 2010

Waiting For You In Columbus

Filed under: Our Volunteers — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

Somebody has to stay behind while the rest of us pedal off to Groveport, Amanda and Athens.

This is the job of Carrie Gwin and her crew of volunteers, who will run the registration tent on Friday and Saturday morning – and then hang out at the Chemical Abstracts campus the rest of the day.

When they're not at the beach, the Gwins like going on family bike rides

“We stayed there until the last bikes were brought back and the last riders got their bikes (last year),” she said of the shuttle service from Groveport, Amanda and Athens back to Columbus. “It was a long day, but the good part was there were other volunteers and their families there and we spent the day talking. And the fun part would come when the trucks arrived and the riders would come and get their bikes and we’d talk to them … it was an amazing day for all the riders.”

Carrie grew up in Sandsuky and was a marketing major at Bowling Green. She and her husband, Ric, live in Blacklick and have two children, Alaina, 10, and Campbell, 7.

“We all love to do sports, we run and play tennis and swim,” Carrie said, adding the family cycles together to the local pool.

She heard about Pelotonia from her friend, Kelley Griesmer, Pelotonia’s director of operations. Friends and members of her family have been affected by cancer, including her sister Lori, a breast cancer survivor, so it was a cause close to her heart.

“It sounded like something that would be a good fit for me and I told Kelly I’d come in to the office to learn more,” Carrie said.

As anyone who’d come into the Pelotonia office knows all too well, it is pretty much impossible to leave without signing up to ride or volunteer.

“They don’t let you go until you get involved,” Carrie said. I think she was joking.

Carrie and her two future Pelotonia riders/volunteers

She started volunteering in the spring, coming to the Pelotonia office on a regular basis, and then worked in the registration tent, signing in the 2,265 riders.

“We worked until about midnight on Friday night and then were back at 4:30 the next morning,” she said. “It was so exciting to watch the riders checking in. We had people in their first ride and experienced riders, the whole spectrum, but the excitement was constant.”

On Friday night, Carrie said, about 40 people signed up for the ride and another handful signed up on Saturday morning.

“This year, we know to have computers and printers in the tent for the people who sign up there,” she said. “Last year we had to do it all by hand, we weren’t expecting that many people to sign up at the tent.”

Another improvement this year, Carrie said, will be to have volunteers in the registration available to answer the questions new riders will ask.

It’s a lot of work, but “I can’t imagine not being involved,” Carrie said. “I knew it would be an amazing event, not just for one year but for many years to come.”

10 things about Carrie…

Favorite ride

To the pool with my family

Dream ride

Pelotonia, the whole 180 miles

Current Pelotonia bike

Diamondback Serene

Dream bike

I don’t know

Favorite movie

Pretty Woman

Favorite band/singer

U2

Favorite TV show

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Favorite book

Something Borrowed

Favorite athlete

Roger Federer

Favorite post-ride meal

Salad and a big bowl of pasta

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1 Comment »

  1. I am thinking it is Carrie’s birthday today! All happiness to you and your beautiful family! Gary

    Comment by Gary Eckert — August 13, 2010 @ 2:16 PM


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