Volunteer stint in Hopkinton. Dang, are we efficient. 3 waves of 9000 runners let off with 20 minutes between waves. Less panic getting into the corrals this year than last year. Weather was ideal. Bibs had some interesting printing, not solid colors (red, white, and blue) for the waves, but some design made from red/white/blue dots, maybe to make it harder to counterfeit. I only thought I saw one solid blue (ie, counterfeit or reused from a prior year) bib in my corral (#3).
After the last wave of charity runners, they had a human wall of volunteers separating the straggling runners from the bandits. More power to them.
Got the Main St area cleared and cleaned up in a hurry, skipped the box lunch which was late being delivered to the town square, and boogied to my customary viewing point at the east end of Natick just before "Entering Wellesley". I arrived there well in advance of seeing a training partner pass who had begun at the beginning of the 2nd wave (10:20).