Volunteers

Interested in volunteering at the 2016 Richmond Rox Tri?

Richmond Rox Triathlon  Sun. Sep 18 Sign up here!

You will receive a confirmation email after you register.  If you do not receive one or would like to volunteer after online registration closes please contact us at info@gotoelevenracing.com.   

Please read Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering. 

Please know that YOU (yes, YOU) can be the difference between someone having a bummer of a day and having a great race experience. Will you be the kayaker that allows a nervous swimmer to hang on and catch a breath, while you offer a word of encouragement? Will you be the course marshal at the critical intersection that keeps everyone from getting lost? Will you be the one holding the cup of water that runner needs to make it to the finish line?

Go To Eleven Racing will make a donation of $10/volunteer to the VCU Massey Cancer Center school/community group of 10 or more.

 Below are the specific requirements for Richmond Rox:

Position Arrival Time Responsibilities Needed for this race
Bike Course Marshal 6am Direct bikers where to turn & encourage them as they pass by. You might also be responsible for asking cars in local neighborhoods to turn around, or wait for an opening before driving onto the course.

*Must have transportation to drive to a location on the bike course (up to 25 miles away).
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Food Table 9:30am We usually only need 3-4 volunteers for the food table. You'll be serving food, grabbing extra napkins, refilling water jugs, etc. 4
Motorcycle Marshal 45min before race start There are typically 2 motorcycle marshals for each race:

1. Referee Escort: Someone to ride with the USAT official around the course. Your bike must have the capacity to carry one passenger. You will loop the course several times, and go wherever the USAT official asks you to.

2. Leadout / Sweep: Someone to ride out front of the first biker. You can use any bike for this. You must be familiar with the course, and all you do is escort the first biker through the course. This helps to alert volunteers and Police that the bikers are coming through. Once you return to the transition area, you are finished, but you may choose to wait a few minutes and then go back out to follow the last cyclist in.
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Parking 4:45am You will direct athletes (and spectators) where to park, and where not to park.  

This position is best served by assertive people who are comfortable saying, "No."
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Post-race Tear Down 3pm We usually need more help with the race itself, but if you would like to arrive later & help with tear-down, that'd be great.

You can expect to be taking apart bike racks, moving boxes, coolers, pulling down fencing, etc.
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Race Day Registration 5am We typically only need 1 or 2 volunteers for this slot. For those athletes signing up race morning, you'll help get them everything they need.

This position works with one or more members of the Go To Eleven race staff.

With 3 different races that are picking up packets, you'll help keep everything organized. 
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Run Course Marshal 8am or 11am

You will be given a flag and assigned to a specific area or intersection on the run course. You will cheer on the athletes & direct them where to go. You might also be responsible for asking cars in local neighborhoods to turn around, or wait for an opening before driving onto the course.

Parts of those run courses can be 2-3 miles from the start/finish area, depending on the assignment, so a bike might help you get to your spot.

Shifts are split in two: 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm. If you can do both, terrific!

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Run Course Leadout 8am

Lead the first athlete in from the bike course through the run course. You'll be on your bike... trust me, you'll need it. With three different run courses, we need 3 bike leadouts.

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Kayaker or Paddleboarder 6am  Kayakers play a vital role in keeping a watchful eye over the swimmers and providing aid if necessary. Having your own kayak is preferred - we only have a limited number of kayaks to lend.  12
Swim Course Marshal / Wetsuit Stripper 6am Assist in ushering athletes from transition area to the swim start and help them line up in wave order. Assist in wetsuit removal after they've exited the water and direct them back to transition. Check out this video of the wetsuit strippers at Ironman Lake Placid.  6
Lifeguard 6am Lifeguards will either remain on shore, near the start & finish areas, or be paired with a kayaker out on the water. 

Please bring a whistle & rescue tube, if you have them.
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Transition Area 5:15am This position requires many volunteers to fill a variety of positions. Hand out water, body markings, chip handout, directional assistance, bike mount/dismount, post-race bike removal, spectator control, etc.

Please be flexible as you may be moved around to help out with various tasks throughout the morning.
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Finish Line / Chip removal 9am Cheer loud and be supportive! You're the first ones the athletes see when they finish. You put their finisher medal around their neck and remove their timing chip from their ankle.  4
Water Stop  8am

There are SIX water stops out on the run course. You will be responsible for filling up cups & handing out water and sports drink to the athletes as they run by.

*Transportation is recommended (even a bike is fine), as some of the water stops are 2-3 miles from the race site

This is great for school groups or teams of school-age kids, teens, or families. Each water stop needs 4-5 people. 

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Saturday Equipment Setup Anywhere from 8am-5pm We usually need more help on Sunday with the race itself, but if you would like to help out & can only make it on Saturday, we could use an extra hand with setup.

You might be marking courses, lifting bike racks, setting up fencing, moving boxes, filling coolers, or a variety of other tasks.
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Saturday Packet Pickup 12:45pm - 4:15pm Sat Packet pickup occurs the day before the race,  from 1-4pm. 
You'll assist with table setup, gathering materials, answering questions & providing information for athletes.

This position works with one or more members of the Go To Eleven race staff.
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Wherever I'm Needed 1 hr before race start These are our Up For Anything Rock Stars! If you have no preference or time constraints, feel free to select this option. We can use your help wherever we need it most on race day. As many as possible!
Course Captain * Do you have volunteer experience and feel you're capable of leading others? We need your help, and will reward you with a race entry. Read more about the Course Captain positions here and then email us.