Start Line / Finish Line (Chute) Volunteers
Our primary concern is that the Start Line is secure and safe for all runners. In order to achieve this, we barricade the area in front and to the rear of the Start Line (the “Chute”). There are about 100 metal barricades to be placed along Main Street. These barricades are about 2 metres long and weigh about 15kg each. We will need assistance with the set-up of banners and other equipment in the Chute.
Once the Chute is set up, it is necessary to marshal the area to keep it clear of spectators and ensure runners are placed behind the Start Line. We do not want anyone with their chips to go over the Start Line mat until the race begins.
As a volunteer, spectators will assume that you know everything about the event. This makes it necessary for you to be familiar with the start times, finish location, spectator finish line viewing areas and recovery area. All this information is outlined on the IGT Legs for Literacy Marathon Weekend web page, www.legsforliteracy.com. The start line is an exciting place, as you get a good look at all the runners. Once runners have left the start, (there are four separate starts) volunteers will patrol the finish area to pick up garbage & clothes left behind (gloves supplied).
At this point, the Start Line becomes the Finish Line. As a very exciting and rewarding area, the Finish Line area allows you to be the first to congratulate and cheer on all the participants in the various events. Listed below are some of the various activities you could be involved in.
• Route/Gate Crowd Control: This could include standing along the final 200 meters of the course to ensure that crowds obey the fencing and ensure proper identification is shown. • Ushering of Runners: This will include, but not limited to, encouraging runners to continue moving forward towards the next station, this could also involve calling for medical help if necessary. • Medal Distribution: Every participant receives a medal for participating. Volunteers will be asked to give out these medals based on the race that the participant ran. They will then motion for the participants to continue into the recovery area to have some food and to meet with family and friends • Medal Sorting and Separation: A large part of our effectiveness is having the smooth transition from one area to another. In order to do this, we require volunteers to assist in the sorting and separating of the medals.
• Volunteer Management: Requires a few volunteers to assist by giving breaks, hand out food and assist in taking care of the volunteers. • When the last marathoners reach the finish line, we remove the barricades and finish line structures. • Be aware of the weather forecast for your scheduled shift and dress accordingly, as the races will be staged regardless of weather.
We need Chute Volunteers from 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Water Station Volunteers
Would you like to be more than a spectator on IGT Legs for Literacy Marathon Weekend? Be ‘up close’ to the race action? Then come out and be a water station volunteer.
On Sunday, October 22nd, water stations will help over 4,000 runners meet their goal in completing the 5K, 10K , 21K and 42K races. They will depend on your water and Gatorade and you encouragement to make it through to the finish line.
Sign up as a group or individual – there are water stations in all three communities; Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe.
We need Water Station Volunteers from 6:30 AM - 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2018 (duration may vary, depending on where the water station is).
Volunteers are positioned along the route to direct participants and ensure the course is clear and safe, as well as cheering them on as they run by. An excellent opportunity to gain volunteer hours needed for graduation or specific courses, this role is one of the most important along the course!
Placements are available in all three communities: Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe. Route Volunteers should be prepared to stand for the duration of their posting and should plan to dress for the weather – it can get cold out there.
If you have experience with road races or similar events, please indicate this on your registration form.
We need Route Volunteers from 6:30 AM - 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2018 (duration may vary, depending on where the posting is).
Celebration Plaza (Recovery Area)
Come out and help us host 3,000 athletes with a buffet of snacks and treats in Celebration Plaza, Assumption Place at the start and finish line. We also celebrate with the athletes who have completed their race and help them replenish their energy.
We will need a few volunteers who are able to lift and move boxes of food on Friday, October 19, 2018. On Race Day, volunteers will stock the tent with boxes of food, cut up bananas, set up tables, and organize all food supplies for replenishing. Once the races are underway, volunteers will welcome runners as they enter the tent and will offer them the fuel they need. Volunteers will also replace supplies as needed. When the events are done, volunteers will return unused food to supplier and clean up the tent and surrounding area. Garbage will also be prepared for removal by the City.
If you would like volunteer, we’d ask that you please try and join us for 3 hours or more. This is a great opportunity for families, groups or teams to participate in the IGT Legs for Literacy Marathon Weekend.
We need Celebration Plaza Volunteers from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Friday, October 19, 2018; and from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2018 (duration may vary, depending on where the water station is).
Family Fun Run/Walk
The Family Run/Walk is pretty much a whole extra event, so we’ll need volunteers to cover all the different aspects of the race. Saturday morning will start with the set-up of signs, registration tables, tents and finish line water/treats. Registration/Check-In immediately follows, which involves some crowd control and good team work. Course marshals will be posted on the course in the mean time so they are ready when the races start. We’ll start the younger kids off with the 1 km route and then older kids will be started on the 2 km route. Volunteers will distribute medals and water to finishers. Throughout the event, volunteers will provide information to attendees, encouraging finishers to join the Run, Jump, Throw station nearby and to go to the Expo to pick up a book in exchange for showing the race bib. The event will end with clean up of the site.