Volunteers for Elevation Athletics events, will have the opportunity to assist with a variety of tasks.  Take a look at the categories below to see the types of activities you can assist with on race day.

Swim Course

The main objective of the volunteers around the pool is to get everyone organized for the start of the race and above all else, to keep everyone calm. Each participant will have a number, which will be marked on his or her shoulder and calf. We will give the fastest swimmer number 1, second fastest 2, and so on. This way, people won’t be getting run over and everyone will be as comfortable as possible in the water. Before the start of the race, the goal will be to have everyone from number 1 through n lined up, in order, aware of their approximate start time.

Once the race begins, the athletes will be going somewhere around :10 – :20 sec apart, depending on the number of athletes. From here, it will be pretty easy, just making sure everyone is aware of how close they are to starting. There will be one person starting each athlete, so just make sure that each athlete is generally aware and goes on time.

The other side of the pool will be directing people towards the transition area. As soon as they hop out of the pool, one person will need to be yelling out the time as the athletes exit the pool, and then just simple directing to the transition area.

As always, words of encouragement and cheering are strongly encouraged!

Bike Course

This is the most volunteer intensive part of the race, but also a relatively easy part. At every turn along the route, we will need one person directing the bikers of the direction of the course. The course will be clearly marked, but volunteers will serve as the last line of defense to make sure bikers follow the correct course. Large hand motions and vocal directions (along with encouragement) will work best. There will be emergency services to help with major intersections, but volunteers should also help to warn motorists that there are athletes ahead.

Run Course

The volunteers’ duties on the run course will be very similar to those of the bike course. Showing athletes the right direction throughout the course, as well as providing support on the last leg of the race, will be the main responsibilities of run course volunteers. At the end of the run, volunteers will be responsible for guiding participants into the finish chute.

Timing Volunteers

This race will be utilizing ChampionChip timing and each athlete will be wearing a band that holds a special computer chip which records their time for each leg of the race as well as their total time. Volunteers will be needed to help with the timing equipment including: distributing and setting up the chips; assisting at each transition area, making sure no one tampers with or alters the timing mats; and the finish line, collecting the bands from the athletes after they finish. Distribution of chips will happen the morning of the race when people are checking in and racking their bikes. This will be part of the transition area volunteer duties. Assisting at each transition area will be ensuring that each individual crosses the mat that reads the chip for each participant. Collecting the bands from each athlete will be very important, because if an athlete forgets and takes the chip home with him or her, the athlete will be charged. Volunteers at the finish will have to be a good balance of vigilant about tracking down and collecting each band while giving the athletes enough time to catch their breath after the race.

Transition Areas

Transition areas are one of the most crucial parts of a triathlon. Transitions can make or break and athlete’s  race, and volunteers are the key to smooth transitions. Volunteers will be responsible for helping athletes rack their bikes in the correct numbered rack before the race and answering any logistical questions the athletes may have about the transition. We will have an informational and training session for transition area volunteers, as it will be critical that these volunteers know exactly how to handle each transition.

Aid Stations

Throughout the run portion of the race, there will be aid stations for athletes to hydrate and re-energize throughout the race. Volunteers at aid stations will make sure the participants get the fuel they need to have a successful race by filling and distributing cups of water or sports drinks and energy bars or gels. Volunteers will need to be okay with getting a little bit wet, as athletes will run by and grab a cup of water or sport drink at full speed. It is very important that the athletes know which cups are water and which cups are sports drink. There will be 1 aid station coordinator for every station, and we will hold a training session for these coordinators to ensure every aid station has the proper training.

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