The Race Directors of all the great american road races -- Mary Whitenberg, Dave McGillivray, Patrick Murphy -- will all tell you that these events cannot happen without large volunteer medical staffs. One volunteer medical unit that serves our running community is the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, a non-profit volunteer EMT department. You may not even realize that they are out there, but if you are reading this blog, then the chances are that you have run a race supported by BCCRS volunteers, such as Marine Corps Marathon, Parks Half, Pikes Peek, and our own Lauren's Run. In addition to supporting public events, the BCCRS responds to a large portion of emergency calls throughout Bethesda and Northwest D.C.
BCCRS is a non-profit organization funded almost entirely through private donations and this weekend will provide runners with the opportunity to show our appreciation for their efforts. On Sunday May 4 at 8:00 a.m., the BCCRS is holding an 8k race in Downtown Bethesda to raise money for their organization. Details on the race can be found here. We as runners benefit from their good works and I encourage everyone looking for a race to attend or volunteer.