Wake up with the athlete on the morning, usually around 4:15, to take them to the start, offering words of reassurance.
Make sure they have all they need and go over the route – again – and the spots where you will be waiting.
Be at designated spots way in advance, foregoing any breakfast or coffee stops, it’s all about the runner.
Make sure all pre-packed items are ready i.e. lip ice, sun cream and hat, boiled potato cut into pieces, raisins, and cooked chicken legs.
If runner is unable to stop (for fear of not being able to start again), don’t feel shy to walk with them, telling them that they look great (girls need to hear these things, even if they are a lie)
Be sure to peel any fruit, break into segments and wait while runner sucks the juice out and hands back what’s left.
Wait at the end standing with arms wide open to give them a congratulatory hug (any comments on smell or their sweaty bodies is NOT recommended).
Pay to have them go for a massage at one of the massage tents
Carry all their paraphernalia and shoes, back to the car and then drive around and fetch them from the entrance so they don’t have to walk to where you parked, usually around 3km’s away because you couldn’t get there earlier.
Tell the runner that you would do it again in a heartbeat!!