BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR 12 HOURS OF MESA VERDE?
This event would not happen without the efforts and support of our race weekend volunteers. If you aren’t racing, but want to participate in this exciting event, come be a volunteer! All volunteers receive a snack pack during their shift, a meal ticket, a t-shirt, and are entered in a volunteer only door prize drawing that happens each shift. Saturday is our big day and we need the most volunteers then, but we also need volunteers on Friday. We have multiple shifts and positions available. We will contact you the week of the race. Thank you!!!
Q: Where do I go when I get to the fairgrounds?
A: The best day-parking will probably be to your left after you enter the fairgrounds. Signs should direct you to parking areas. After parking, you will walk into the “Beef Barn” which is the hub of the race. Inside the Beef Barn you will need to report to the Volunteer booth. Please make sure to check-in BEFORE your shift.
Q: What should I bring for my shift?
A: If you will be seated you will want a cushion or towel for the metal chairs. If you are a course marshal you will want to be prepared for the weather which could be hot sun, cold rain, or dusty wind. Course marshals will need a cell phone and might also want a camp chair and umbrella. Recycle monitors should wear comfy shoes. Everyone should bring snacks or drinks and whatever else will make you comfortable.
Q: Do we have to wait for someone to replace us before we leave our shift?
A: Not necessarily, as long as the race board member you report to knows you are leaving.
Q: Do I need to go to packet pickup?
A: No, packet pickup is for racers. However, if you have signed up to assist with packet pickup as a volunteer then please do go to packet pickup.
Volunteer registration will open in February. Thanks for your support!
Volunteer Position Descriptions
Friday Shift (day before race)
Racer Packet Pick-Up- Packet Pickup is at Kokopelli Bike and Board. You are responsible for providing racers with the information and gear they need to start the race. Racers are required to pick up their racer packets during this time; therefore we will have approximately 800 packets to distribute in about 8 hours’ time. That’s an average of 100 racers per hour or about 1.5 packets every minute, but of course they arrive in waves. THIS IS A BUSY TIME! Most positions are seated and require efficiency and friendliness.
Saturday RACE DAY Shifts
Timing Tables- This is where we have the most need for volunteers. This is also the center of the action! Every racer will come through the race barn and check in at the timing tables for each lap. The first shift is the busiest, while the last shift is the least busy. These positions are seated on metal chairs. Please bring a cushion or towel with you. Water and small snacks are provided but please bring any food, layers of clothing, or whatever you need to make yourself comfortable.
Recycling and Waste Monitor/Rover- You are responsible for monitoring the recycling and waste bins and replacing bags as needed. Since this is not a constant duty, volunteers will also be available for rover duties which could include “flow control” of racers at the timing tables, assisting with racers entering the check-in area, staffing the Volunteer Booth or the Lost & Found booth, etc…
Course Marshals- You have two main responsibilities as a course marshal; keeping the riders on the correct trail at intersections, and being available for racers to report any accidents or events. Some course marshals are stationed at dirt road crossings and will need to direct any cars to give racers the right of way. Other course marshals are stationed at trail intersections along the race course. Let us know if you would rather be closer to the fairgrounds at a road station, or if you can ride your bike or hike out to a more remote station. Course Marshals should have a cell phone, and be prepared for hot sun or wind or rain. Bring water and snacks. Camp chairs and umbrellas are also nice to have.
Food Servers- You are responsible for dishing up the yummy Navajo Taco dinner donated by Blondies. You will probably be a popular person in this position. You will be serving hundreds of hungry racers and support staff who sometimes have to wait in line so your positive attitude will be appreciated.