The Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley 5k will take place on Saturday, May 18th! This fun event is open to the public and we are expecting over 3,000 runners. We need 200+ volunteers on race day to fill a variety of roles from parking to registration to clean up. Please indicate your preferred volunteer assignment but understand we may not be able to accommodate everyone's first choice.
Also, we ask that you review carefully your availability and the tasks associated within that time frame. Allow in your planning time for travel and parking. Our main venue is at the boat center in Vasona Park (same as 2012) so volunteers can park for free along University Avenue near the Peppertree gate and walk into the park.
Consider inviting a group of friends or recruiting co-workers to join you at this inspiring event!
Volunteers must register on-line by midnight, Monday, May 13th, 2013. You will not be able to register as a volunteer after this time. All volunteers must be high school age or older.
NOTE: ALL volunteers must sign the Volunteer Waiver/Release of Liability Form or have a parent sign it if they are under 18. In addition, all volunteers over the age of 18 must also have a criminal background check done prior to volunteering. This is a requirement of GOTR International and our insurance company. We will send out a separate link to the secure, online background check that MUST be submitted before the event in order to complete your volunteer registration. Please note: It costs Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley (GOTRSV) money for each background check, so please make sure you can commit to volunteering on May 18, 2013!
Your volunteer confirmation email will include directions for completing this quick and easy process online. Please note…if you completed the background check in 2012 or are a past GOTR of Silicon Valley coach, you will NOT be required to resubmit the background form this year as the checks are valid for 2 years. You WILL still need to register as a volunteer online and fill out your current information. If you have any questions about volunteering at the event, please contact Laura Krebs, Race Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Role Descriptions:
Friday Set Up: Before the crowds arrive, these busy workers will be setting up the course and equipment at the venue the day before the event. This will involve some heavy lifting.
Friday Pre-Race Packet Pick Up: Volunteers will assist with packet pick up. Location and time TBD (in or near Vasona Park).
Registration: Check in runners the morning of the event and give them their bib number and t-shirt.
Volunteer Station: Assist volunteer coordinator with placement of volunteers and distribution of volunteer t-shirts.
Greeters: Greeters will be stationed at the main venue entrances and will provide event day flyers and direction to our spectators.
Course: These great people will line the course on designated spots to cheer on the girls and provide any assistance needed. You may be asked to walk to your place on the course (up to a half mile distance).
Parking: The parking volunteers will work as a team with our public safety officers to facilitate the safe delivery of girls to the event and the flow of cars into parking spaces. This is a critical area where we need assertive volunteers! Parking volunteers should be 21 and over.
Course Marshals: Safety volunteers will be posted throughout the course at major intersections and areas of high concentration. These volunteers have been recruited ahead of time, so please sign up for this team ONLY if you have been requested to do so by the Race Director.
Motivation Station: This high energy and enthusiastic station requires lots of cheering to get the girls to the finish.
Help the race participants before their run do their hair in the GOTR Girl way!
Mardi Gras Beads Stations: Hand out mardi gras beads to the runners as they pass by at miles 1 and 2.
Water Stations: Water station volunteers will hand out water to athletes and cheer them on! They will also include helping to set up and tear down the water station.
Floaters: Floaters will help wherever they are needed! You can expect to be on your feet and on the go in this position.
First Aid: These volunteers have been recruited ahead of time, so please sign up for this team ONLY if you have been requested to do so by the Race Director.
Food: Set up and hand out food and beverages to our athletes at the finish area.
Walking Sweep: This person will walk behind the final participants, letting volunteers along the course know the course can be closed at this point.
Finish Line: Pass our finisher ribbons to all participants at the end of the race!
Tear Down: After the run is completed and everyone has gone home, these folks are cleaning up the party! This will involve some heavy lifting.