Volunteers are the oil that lubricates the gears of Spartan Race. Wherever you are at an event, you’ll see the souls in red shirts helping at obstacles, handing out medals or water and helping you along the way.
But why would anyone want to volunteer? In her role as Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Morrison explains why volunteering is a smart choice.
“Volunteers get an inside peek at what it takes to produce a Spartan Race. Volunteers work closely with our staff to deliver an amazing Spartan experience, and get to encourage and support their fellow Spartans as they race. They also get to assign burpees! Volunteers receive a volunteer t-shirt, snacks and the immense gratitude of competitors and staff.”
The assignments, tasks and jobs that you could do are extremely varied. Even with no experience, as training is given, anyone can help out should they want to.
“There are many different volunteer opportunities with Spartan Race from pre-race, to race-day, to post-race. Before the race even begins we have a dedicated group of volunteers help with our course build”, says Katie.
“These volunteers work closely with our build staff and get a sneak peek of the course before anyone else. This is a great opportunity for volunteers with carpentry, painting, or event production experience, but there are also tasks that non-experienced volunteers can lend a hand with. Volunteers also help with packet-stuffing before the race, helping our Registration staff prepare all of the racer bibs. On race day, volunteers help in our Registration area (handing out racer packets and checking in spectators), our Kids Race, Bag Check, our Finish Line (handing out medals, bananas, and water to the finishers), Merchandise area, and on the course (enforcing obstacles and ensuring the safety of all participants). Post-race volunteers help our build team with the break down and load out of our materials.”
But how do you go about applying? Very simply, as it turns out.
“Before the race, volunteers should express their interest in volunteering by visiting our web page right here. If the event isn’t for a few months, the volunteer will just sign up under a general interest link. Once the event is 1-2 months out, specific volunteer shifts will be posted and the volunteer coordinator for that specific event will contact you with instructions. Day-of, volunteers will check in with either the Build Production Assistant (for Build shifts), the Registration team (for packet stuffing shifts), or the Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator will check you in and give you a t-shirt, snacks and a sandwich, and your assignment for the day. You will then report to a specific Spartan staff member who will train you and get you started for the day. At the end of the day, you will check-out from your shift.”
Naturally, volunteers get more than a pat on the back and a firm handshake for their troubles, too.
“Spartan Volunteers get a t-shirt, snacks, lunch, a great time and a FREE race. The free race can be used either at the event that you volunteer, or at any future US Spartan Race except the Death Race or Ultra Beast. Our full day volunteers receive an EXCLUSIVE Spartan volunteer hoody. Furthermore, nonprofit groups of 10 or more volunteers are also eligible for a $50 per person donation for full-day volunteering.”
“Volunteers are the heart of Spartan Race. They dedicate their time and energy to help Spartan Race put on an amazing, life-changing event for its participants. Without the selflessness of our volunteers, we would not be able create such an epic experience.”
See you at the finish line…
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