Volunteer Position Availability & Descriptions

Position Availability

Sign-up Closes Thurs, June 15 @ 12:00pm

Last Updated: 6.14.2017

Individuals, youth, teens, families, and groups all welcome!

For the most enjoyable experience for kiddos, we recommend the minimum age of 10.

*For all volunteers, further information regarding positions, including volunteer parking, will be sent prior to the event.

Saturday, June 17th

Security........30 Spots

FINISH AREA

Gear Bags.........15 Spots

Captain(s): Renee & CJ

Sports Massage....100 Spots

Captain(s): Pat


WATER AID STATIONS AVAILABLE

Mile 7............................50 Spots

Captain(s): Michael, Marissa, Kellie, & Mark

Mile 13......................15 Spots

Captain(s): Steve & John

*All volunteers must take shuttle in/out of Mile 13*

Mile 15.....................10 Spots

Captain(s): Kati & Mike

Volunteer Descriptions

Individuals, youth, teens, families, and groups all welcome!

For the most enjoyable experience for kiddos, we recommend the minimum age of 10.

*For all volunteers, further information regarding positions, including volunteer parking, will be sent prior to the event.

Course Marshals

• Safety: Volunteer's first priority is to provide a safe course for our runners. Course Marshals are positioned throughout the course, usually at intersections.

• Keeping Runners on Course: As soon as you see a runner, begin to signal with your hands and your voice which direction or turn they are supposed to make.

• Traffic Control: Course marshals are positioned at intersections that are blocked for traffic. Responsible for keeping cars and bikes off the course and maintaining a safe environment for runners.

• Encouragement: Cheer the runners on – it’s a long course, for some runners 26.2 miles, and they'll need every ounce of encouragement they can get to push through to the finish line! Get up, get excited, and keep them moving. Use words of encouragement like “Good job!” “Keep going!” “Dig deep, you can do it!"

Finish Area: Refreshments

• Safety: Volunteer's first priority is to serve food and refreshments to meet health and safety requirements. They also keep the food stations free of debris and clutter.

• Runner Replenishment: After runners finish the race, participants will look for something and drink. Food and refreshment distribution volunteers help with set-up and distribution of food and refreshments for participants.

• Other: May include setup (may require heavy lifting as this position includes barricade set-up), crowd control, cleanup and other duties as assigned on race day.

Finish Area: Gear Bags

• Sort: Line gear bags up in order based on the runner's bib # in the designated bag pick up area at the finish line. Keep bags in an orderly fashion for quick retrieval.

• Deliver Bags: Search, retrieve, and return bags to runners as they finish. Runners must provide their bib # in order to receive their gear bag back.

Medical Services

• Provide Emergency Medical Services: Medical professionals will be on-site throughout the course to assist participants before, during, and after the race. Doctors, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, physical and occupational therapists, etc. will fill these posts. Must be certified in CPR and First Aid and provide proof of certifications.

Race Packet Pickup

• Distribution: Organize and hand out race packets and goody bags to runners. Packet pickup days are Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16.

Racecourse Entertainment

• Runner Encouragement: It’s a long course, for some runners 26.2 miles, and they depend on every ounce of encouragement they can get to push through to the finish line! You’ll be part of the inspiration that keeps the runners moving. Get up, get excited, and keep them moving! Use words of encouragement like “Good job!” “Keep going!” “Dig deep, you can do it!" We strongly support creativity with this position--so dress up, play music, be loud, be goofy, and most of all HAVE FUN!

• Spectator Entertainment: Your talents aren't just for the runners, they also help create the fun party atmosphere the Grandma's Marathon is known for!

Starting Line: Half & Full

• Welcome Committee: The starting line (for both the full and half marathon start) is a buzz of excitement for all participants. The starting line volunteers greet and welcome keep runners as they arrive, provide direction to port-o-potties, and keep runners on track as they line up to start.

• Other: May include setup (may require heavy lifting as this position includes barricade set-up), crowd control, cleanup and other duties as assigned on race day.

Water Aid Stations

*FYI: Mile 13 Water Station is the only location where volunteers are shuttled in and out.

• Safety: Volunteer's first priority is to provide a safe course for our runners. Please keep the course free of debris and communicate any medical/safety issues to your Medical Team member.

• Encouragement: Cheer the runners on! It’s a long course, for some runners 26.2 miles, and they'll need every ounce of encouragement they can get to push through to the finish line! Get up, get excited, and keep them moving! Be creative! Wear funny hats, wigs, or costumes like a hula skirt on top of your volunteer shirt – you’ll be part of the inspiration that keeps the runners moving. Use words of encouragement like “Good job!” “Keep going!” “Dig deep, you can do it!"

• Support: Provide runner hydration. As runners pass by, shout what you are holding (water or Powerade) and hand to runners as they pass. As you hold out cups to runners, hold cup at the bottom so runner can easily grasp cup from you. Continue to pick up cups that runners have discarded on course to maintain safe and clear course for runners.