Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 3 2015

Date: Tuesday June 23rd, 2015
Subject: Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 3 – 2015

Hi All,

This is our third and likely last group email to volunteers prior to the 22nd Annual Afton Trail Run on Saturday July 4th, 2015 – if you missed any of the previous emails and would like to get caught up, you can do so HERE – we know it is quite a bit of information, but please take the time to read everything below.

Again, thanks to all of you in advance – you are part of a really special team, if you have not helped at Afton before, you will know what I mean by the end of the day on Saturday.  We are blessed to have about 115 volunteers helping at this years race!  We have reached our field limit and will have around 600 runners starting the races!  We will be hosting runners from 26 states and Canada!

Volunteer assignments have been made and are available HERE: 

Please be sure to sort the list by volunteer position and by your name as you may have been assigned to more than one job.  If for some reason you see something out of place or something does not work for you, please be sure to let us know – if we did not give you enough or gave you too much please drop us a line so we can adjust accordingly.  Beyond your specific volunteer assignment(s), anyone that has the energy to hang out at the end of the day and help us get packed up and loaded up is certainly encouraged and welcome to do so – the bulk of this work is between 2:00 and 6:00PM!  Also, we won’t turn down help at our home in Hastings for the big unload and cleanup on Sunday – it always proves to be an entertaining day – let us know if you want to stop down (9am – 2pm or so)… we will provide all the PBJs and Mike and Ikes you can eat!Specific information about your volunteer assignment, directions and more can be found HERE list of supplies we provide at the aid stations can be found HERE feel free to put your personal touches on your aid station by bringing additional fun foods, decorations, cow-bells etc. – be sure to bring personal items you may need such as bug spray, rain gear, snacks, a chair etc. – feel free to snack on aid station food as well!

Never worked an aid station? – this is helpful: HERE

Please be sure to read up about the race on the website paying specific attention to the race Info pages and have some general knowledge about the race, this makes you a good resource for runners and other volunteers.

If anyone assigned to an aid station or the finish line is an above average photographer and has a decent DSLR camera please let us know – we would love to have you shoot pictures for us from your aid station.

Your volunteer WRAPS will be sent out to the aid stations or will be available at your volunteer position.  Be sure to come up and eat lunch (burgers and veggie burgers) after you are done volunteering!

Finally, if it looks like your aid station / volunteer position has “too many” people, don’t fret… we all want to be super useful / helpful / effective and shoulder a big load but one of the reasons the Afton Trail Run has a great reputation both locally and nationally is that we have one of the greatest volunteer forces of any trail race / ultra anywhere.  It is a very long day and having a lot of people volunteering helps take pressure off of everyone and allows people to take a breaks from time to time and ensures that runners are getting great personal attention – this is huge.  We need people to be as fresh as possible at the end of the day when it is time to do even more hard work and get packed up and cleaned up!

If anyone has any questions please let us know.  Thanks again for giving your time and helping to make the Afton Trail Run what it is!

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director
Afton Trail Run