It’s now only 6 weeks until we leave New Zealand, so our training is ramping up.
Not as much training is being done as we would like but isn’t that always the case for all of us?
By the time you read this the third race in the Xterra Auckland trail run/walk series will be behind us. I am sure you will have had a great time and have got your inov-8 shoes suitably filthy.
Being present at all the Xterra events has got me thinking – who is the most important person at these races?
You, the competitor? The race director? The volunteers? Total Sport people? Masseurs?
I believe the person who gets the most appreciation (or should) is Pete the coffee guy.
Pete is always there ready to serve coffee from 7am, and always with a big smile.
Peter works tirelessly until the short course race starts. He then has about a 10 minute break before runners start arriving back, muddy, with huge smiles and looking for that coffee or beer.
So given that we all love Pete the coffee guy – Natalie Seay quizzed him at Xterra Riverhead and found out that:
Pete Ellis is married and is father to a 4 year old
How long have you been an event Coffee man?
What motivates you to keep coming back?
I enjoy the lifestyle and it pays the mortgage
What other events do you support?
Panasonic Tri Series, Run Auckland series, Lactic Turkey events, Mt Smart Stadium (Warriors games and athletics), and numerous Fairs and Markets
What is the most popular coffee
What is the most unusual event you go to?
The Dual at Motatapu - just the logistics of going on the barge etc.
Is this your full time job?
Yes - We run 2 indoor carts (Mt Smart and Pakuranga Netball club) and 2 outdoor carts
What is your passion aside from coffee?
I love any type of motorsport, can’t wait to get home on a Sunday afternoon and watch it
Who buys more coffees Males or Females?
Slightly more females
Did you have a Life prior to coffee?
I used to work on a drilling platform in Australia
So there you have it, Peter the coffee guy - thanks for being there at all the Xterra Auckland trail run/walks races.
We are very much looking forward to taking part in the TransRockies (6 days of running, 5 nights camping) in Colorado USA. For more information on the event click here : http://transrockies.com
Don’t forget to support Mal Law in his efforts to raise funds for Mental Health Foundation of NZ.
Read his inspirational blogs here http://www.facebook.com/CoastPathRun
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