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Volunteering Is Fun!
One of the critical ingredients in a successful triathlon is volunteers. Volunteers make it possible to conduct a safe, well-organized event. In a triathlon, volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. In all cases, we hope volunteers will find their task fun and exciting. At the end of the day, they’ll feel like they made a valuable contribution to the success of the race. They will also feel appreciated, as tri-athletes are known to be a very appreciative group. It won’t be unusual for many participants to thank you for your contribution during the race. All volunteers receive food, an official race t-shirt and service hours.
The transition area is the fenced in area containing all the bike racks. This area sees action the entire time. Here are the basic responsibilities for transition area volunteers. Volunteers will be stationed at the two entrances to the transition area. They will be asked to keep spectators out of the transition area. The transition area is for participants only. Participants know this and have been told repeatedly.
During the race, transition area volunteers will become traffic cops-directing participants out the appropriate exits of the transition area. They will continue to keep any wandering spectators out of the transition area.
Participants have to be marked so that they can be identified as they exit the water following the swim portion of the race. This is done to assist USA Triathlon officials during the race- as this is their way of identifying participants. Body Marking is also done to assist the official race photographers. Participants are marked with black magic markers. Volunteers write the participant’s number Clearly and Legibly on both arms and on both upper legs. They also write the participant’s birth year on the back of their right calf. A chart is provided for the body markers to identify the various race categories.
One job will include making sure participants pass through the timing chutes( either fencing or pennant line will be used) and also making sure that spectators keep out of the timing chutes, Volunteers will also be asked to make sure that nobody( other than race staff) tampers with the timing mats or boxes.
The other job will be at the finish line where a couple of volunteers will be asked to remove the timing chip from each participant’s ankle. The finish line will be set up in such a fashion as to force participants to exit the finish line area through one narrow gate. Volunteers will be stationed at this gate.
Volunteers assist with serving the beverages and food to participants following the race.
Run Course Water Station
During the run portion of the race, we have aid stations set up for the participants. Volunteers typically hand participants cups filled with water. It’s always a good idea to have one member of the aid station crew assigned to picking up cups during the race. This will save a lot of time when the race is over.
Packet Pick- Up & Registration
Volunteers are always needed to assist our race staff at packet pick-up/registration. Prior to the race, participants must check-in. They receive their official race numbers, race packet of information, race t-shirts. Etc. This function takes place for two hours prior to the race and also for a few hours the day before the race.