You might think it’s simple to hand those little cups of water to marathon runners as they trot past. Not exactly. There is a very special technique, and who better to explain it than a long-time water bearer like Laurie Redmond. She is a water team leader added along the route through Natick, at about the 10-mile mark.
First, you grab your cup, ideally at the top along the rim, holding it between a thumb and finger. Some people prefer balancing the cups on their palms. Then comes the hard part. “You try to make eye contact with a runner,” said Redmond.
Then, hold your arm straight out for your chosen runner. If all goes well, the lucky marathoner will grab the cup. And so your chosen runner does not break stride, “you move your arm along with them as they pass,” Redmond explained.