2015 Volunteer Sign-Up
We need your help! It takes more than 1,500 Volunteers to make this event happen!
Below are descriptions of volunteer opportunities. Once you’ve identified the dates and areas you’d like to volunteer for, please use the “Volunteer Now” button to sign up to volunteer. If you have any questions or prefer a paper Volunteer Registration form, please contact Bobbie Lam at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register a group to volunteer, please complete one volunteer form filling in the group information with one primary contact. Use the “Notes” space to let us know what task your group is interested in helping with. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Pickett at email@example.com
Motivational Sign-Making: Volunteer group makes motivational signs that are sprinkled on the course to inspire runners.
Adopt-A-Mile: Group sign set up for a section of the course to clean up, making Kalamazoo look great. Then if you are interested, the group can decorate that part of the course on Saturday before the race.
Loading Trucks: Volunteer group would help load the trucks for the course. Every Gu, water, table and cup gets loaded on a truck to be distributed on the course. This is some heavy lifting. (3-6 people)
Course Sign Distribution: Anytime Saturday. Group goes onto course and sets up motivational and essential signs for the runners (2-3 people)
Pre-Race Help – (weeks leading up to race)
Sorting t-shirts and organizing signage and course giveaways are big jobs, but the group work makes it fun and social. These tasks are usually done Monday through Friday during work hours.
Friday Activities – May 1
The Kids Expo 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. | The Kids Fun Run starts at 6:00 p.m. | The Motivational Mile starts at 6:05 p.m.
Volunteers help with Fun Run registration and packet pick-up, assist with the Kids Expo, staff information booth, set up the course, organize runners by age group before the run, supervise the course during the race, hand out awards to finishers, man recycle pods, and/or clean up after the event.
Saturday Activities – May 2
Expo: The Run Expo, held at Wings Stadium, takes place from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Volunteers help set-up and work in shifts throughout the day. Duties include packet pick-up or helping with Expo needs.
Race Site Set up: Volunteers help tear down Kids Fun Run on Saturday morning and help set up the Race Site on Saturday evening after the Expo.
SUNDAY Activities AT TENT CITY– May 3
Parking/Shuttles: One of the main goals of the event is to make the day logistically excellent. That means PARKING has to run smoothly. Volunteers help direct participants. Plan to arrive at 6 a.m.
Packet Pick-up: Volunteers help runners pick up numbers and t-shirts. Plan to work from 6 until 9 a.m.
Gear check: Volunteers collect gear from runners, label it, and return it after the race. Plan to arrive at 6 a.m. Volunteers are needed throughout the morning.
Tent City: Volunteers are needed to work at the Food and Beer Tent during the morning and early afternoon. Volunteers are also needed to help throughout Tent City (sponsor tent, distributing pickles, selling shirts, etc.) .
Site Clean Up: Volunteers are needed to take down signage & finish line structure, and clean up trash from 2 – 5 p.m.
SUNDAY Activities ON THE COURSE – May 3
Medical Coverage: Calling doctors and nurses! Share your expertise by keeping runners safe throughout the run. Must have medical background. Volunteers will be placed at Medical Tents along the course.
Aid Stations: The course offers 18 aid stations giving water, Gu, and/or Gu Brew to participants. Please sign up in groups only. (Group Opportunity Only)
Monitors: Volunteers will direct participants at key intersections, keep people on track and maintain order. Great for groups of 2.
Entertainment and Excitement
Music: Individuals or bands spur the runners along. Tarps and tents will be provided in case of inclement weather.
Spirit Stations: Brainstorm with us ways to make your group a unique spirit station. It’s fun for the runners; it’s fun for you! (Group Opportunity Only)