Please sign up for one volunteer role only

What are my responsibilities and what will I be doing?

It is critical to the success of the event to let us know if you are unable to volunteer.

Course Marshals:

Saturday, April 13 – 6:45am-10:30am. End times vary based on location on course but no earlier/later than listed end time.

Your number one responsibility as a Course Marshal is to ensure the runners have a safe run and ensure that no vehicular traffic (other than official vehicles) enters the course.  You will be placed at specific locations on the course that are key for the race.  Please keep a watchful eye on traffic and cheer on the runners as they go by.  In most circumstances there will be a Police Officer close by at traffic locations.

Water Stop Volunteers:

Saturday, April 13, 7:15-10:30am – Start and end times vary based on location on course but no earlier/later than listed end time.

Great role for Groups! This key role is not just about providing hydration support — but moral support and excitement! As runners travel the course, they may get fatigued; but with your smiling face and cheering attitude, you will revive them! Duties include setting up the station, filling and stacking cups with water and Gatorade, restocking cups throughout the course of the morning, handing beverages to runners as they come by, and finally cleaning up the area when the last runner passes. Getting wet and standing for long periods is required for this role.

Refreshments:

Saturday, April 13 — 7:00am–11:00pm

Great for Groups! Be the first to greet the runners when they finish their journey through scenic downtown Saratoga Springs as they cross the finish line. We need your help in the following areas:

Bottled Water distribution: Hand weary runners cold bottles of water as they pass through the chute. Duties include, opening cases and handing out water.

Food Setup and Distribution: Setup refreshment stations and make sure they are sufficiently stocked and at easy reach for the runners.

Packet Pick Up:

Friday, April 12 – 4:45-7:00pm
Saturday, April 13 — 6:00am–8:30am

Be behind the scenes and the first to see how the race weekend begins! This is the first stop for runners as they prepare to run the Blue Needs You 8K.  Duties may include organizing/handing out shirts, preparing goodie bags, assisting runners with finding their bib number, greeting participants with smiles and event guides, answering questions/providing race information.

What time should I arrive and where?

It is critical to the success of the event to let us know if you are unable to volunteer.

Packet Pick Up:

FRIDAY:
4:30 pm -Please arrive at The Hampton Inn, Saratoga A/B Ballroom

SATURDAY:
6:00 am -Please arrive at The Hampton Inn, Saratoga A/B Ballroom

Packet Pick Up volunteers should arrive at 6 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at the Hampton Inn Saratoga A/B Ballroom.

Course Marshals:

Please arrive to no later than 6:45am, this will allow you to check in at the “York Room”, receive your assignment, shirt and have a bite to eat prior to the course marshal safety meeting at: 7:30am.

Water Stop:

Please arrive to check in by 7:15am, this will allow you to check in at “Saratoga A/B”, get your assignment, shirt and a bite to eat before departing for your water stop at either Excelsior Loop or East Ave.

Refreshments:

Please arrive by 7am to check in at “Saratoga A/B”, get your assignment, shirt, and a bite to eat before departing to your location.

 

 

It is critical to the success of the event to let us know if you are not able to make it.

Can I bring a friend?

While we certainly don’t discourage additional helpers, it is important for all of our volunteers to register online prior to the event.  If your friend(s) has not registered as a volunteer prior to the event, please do not bring him/her.

What do I do if there is a problem?

If at any time during your assignment you have a problem, notify your event day contact given to you at check in.