The Houston Marathon Committee’s Erin McGowan, Director, Legal Affairs & Participant Services, recently traveled to London, England to work the 2013 Virgin London Marathon. There for just over a week, Erin was on the elite meet and greet team that spent most of it’s time at London Heathrow Airport.
There were some long days in store for Erin in the week leading up to the race. When the athletes started arriving on Monday, April 15, Erin and crew would have to get up between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. to meet the first overnight flights arriving from Kenya and Ethiopia at 6:00 a.m. They would meet the athletes and agents as soon as they came through customs and travel with them on the Heathrow Express before handing them off to the drivers who would take them on to the race hotel. The crew would then head back to the airport for next group of arriving athletes and agents. Depending on the day, the crew were generally home by 8:00 p.m., but one night they were out until midnight.