Make a Difference- Volunteer
Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011
Rob Urbach- CEO, USA Triathlon
It takes more than just one person to successfully put on a race. We certainly wouldn’t have any triathlons or duathlons without the hundreds of race directors who are dedicated to their craft. But there is another key group who is often overlooked when it comes to putting together all the moving pieces on race day — volunteers.
Volunteer David SandersWhen we host our national championship events, we know that our volunteers make all the difference in the world. From goodie bag stuffing days before the race through the finish, there are plenty of areas that need a helping hand to make the event run smoothly.
Think about one of your most recent races. When you picked up your packet for race day, it was most likely a volunteer who handed it to you. On race morning, a volunteer might have been responsible for body marking or pointing you in the direction of your transition area. Volunteers stand at the ready at swim exit and pass out cups at aid stations on the run. As you cross the finish line, a volunteer usually is there to hand you a bottle of water or Gatorade or your finisher’s medal, and load up your plate at the post-race food area.
All races need volunteers. If you know of a race in your area but you aren’t planning on competing, consider signing up as a volunteer. This is just one way you can get involved in triathlon and enhance the multisport experience for many other participants.