Every volunteer gets….
- A cool T-Shirt
- Morning Snacks & Drinks (non-alcoholic)
- A meal (vegetarian & vegan friendly)
- Unlimited high-fives all day
- Future race opportunities
A little bit more about volunteering and the noted positions above…
Athletic events can be a huge process to plan, organize and execute correctly. Without volunteers they would likely be much less enjoyable to not on the athletes, but to race-staff, local communities and even the family & friends spectating. Thank you for your volunteer help!
Volunteer shifts generally start 2-3 hours prior to the race beginning and finish a few hours after it starts. With this specific event we ask our volunteers to be available as long as possible – a full-day shift is generally from 5:15am until around 1:00pm. Sometimes we’ll wrap up a little sooner, sometimes a little later. Each of the positions below is in addition to helping overall cleanup & tear-down as the morning wraps up.
Water Support / Swim Safety: This involves helping athletes in the water on the swim course. Your task is to keep swimmers on course (by patrolling along the swim sight line and buoys) as well as provide communication to the water safety team/paramedics if need be. Sometimes swimmers need a break and may latch onto your SUP or Kayak – no forward motion should take place at this time. PLEASE bring your own kayak or SUP
Transition Position: This involves helping athletes before the race starts in and around the main transition area. This can include body-marking, checking athlete’s wrist-bands (as transition is for athletes only), helping keep the transition perimeter safe, pointing people to the right station and helping the flow of athletes as the race begins. Sometimes our staff members will have special requests too.
Bike Course Marshall’s: This involves keeping cyclists safe and on the right course during the bike split of the race. While the course is generally well marked with cones and road tape, sometimes people loose site of that while they are racing. Your tasks can include being a flagger (to keep bikes and cars separate), pointing athletes in the right direction if the course has a “questionable” spot and to help with any specific directions our staff OR the law enforcement may have.
Run Course Marshall’s: This involves keeping runners safe and on the right course during the run split of the race. While the course is generally well marked with cones and road tape, sometimes people loose site of that while they are racing. Your tasks can include being a flagger (to keep runners and bikers separate), pointing athletes in the right direction if the course has a “questionable” spot and to help with any specific directions our staff OR the law enforcement may have.
Traffic Flagger / Helper: These positions may be limited or scarce on race morning, but they can be super important! Sometimes motorists forget they have to share the road. Sometimes, they don’t care. Your job will be to help ensure the courses stay well marked with cones and that if a problem comes up you can re-direct as needed OR as instructed, any folks that “wander” onto the marked course areas.
Bike Aid Station: This event has TWO bike aid stations for the entire bike course. This is a super important spot for our athletes on the course for hydration and refueling, at around the half way mark. We’ll need a good number of volunteers stationed here to pass out water/fuel and to help athletes flow smoothly past without getting overly congested.
Run Aid Station: This event has just MULTIPLE run aid stations for the entire multiple distance run courses. This is a super important spot for our athletes on the course for hydration and refueling. We’ll need a good number of volunteers stationed at these spots to pass out water/fuel and to help athletes flow smoothly past without getting overly congested.
Finish Line: Cheer loudly – Clap loudly – Ring Cow-Bells loudly (basically, BE LOUD!). This is a high energy station. Athlete’s will need help as they cross the finish line with a bottle of water, getting their finisher medal and having their timing chip taken off their ankle, as needed.
Awards / Expo Helper: Our races often have some great sponsors and vendors. They help fill our swag bags and promote a strong sense of local community. We also have a sweet podium / awards platform. Vendors & Awards will be in the same area and will require initial setup as well as organization during the race as the awards ceremony takes place. The individual vendors will be responsible for their setup, but may need a bit of guidance or organization in the wee morning hours. Our staff members will help with instructions in this area.
Tear-down/Cleanup: You guys ROCK! The energy of the day starts to fade a bit and we need a crew to help tear down fencing, bike racks and organize gear to be put away. We also need helpers to cleanup and make sure no trash has been left behind in key areas.
General / Floating: A jack of all trades! You’ll be helping out anywhere and everywhere on race day depending on timing and needs. Our staff members will scoop you up and get you set as the day flows.