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2014 Volunteer Information

2014 Volunteer Recognitions, 2013 Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers are needed to help make the Festival of Races memorable for the runners. You will experience all the excitement and fun of participating in a a running event without taking a running step! The success of a race depends on the volunteers! Your help is greatly needed and appreciated by the runners and all involved with the race.

If you are is interested in volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator,  Shannon at 402-340-2187 or Email   

Volunteers will be needed for the following:

Spirit Team  We need lots of Spirit Teams to cheer the runners on in order to make the Festival memorable.  Anyone can form a team family and friends of runners, businesses, churches, youth groups, bands, cheer and dance squads, and other groups are all welcome we want to share the spirit of our community with the runners. Runners will vote for their favorite Spirit Team. Spirit Teams must be registered with the Race Director to be considered for the competition.


Volunteer at Packet Pickup Help is needed with handing out packets to participants as they check in. We have two days/times/locations available to choose from.

a. Friday, May 15 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Atkinson Senior Center
b. Saturday, May 16 from 5:30 AM to 7:30 AM at the Atkinson Senior Center

Volunteer at an aid station.  What is an aid station? The aid stations, consisting of 12-15 people, provide water, snacks and first aid to the runners. The aid stations are spaced about 2 miles apart for each of the courses. In total, there are 4 aid stations for the half marathon.  Each aid station is encouraged to create a fun theme for the aid station, decorate the aid station, cheer on runners and implement creative ways of getting the runners' attention.

Each station will be equipped with Powerade, cups, garbage bags, first aid bags, water jugs and tables (a few aid stations will have snacks). We need two adult supervisors per aid station. Volunteers need to provide shade and chairs. We expect you to have fun and cheer runners on! Feel free to play music, decorate, and use water guns to cool down runners!

Can a group provide an aid station?
Yes, a group formed by a business, club or organization can sponsor an aid station and provide volunteers for aid stations. Get attention for your business, club or organization on the race course, and possibly in the local media. We provide you with detailed instructions and assistance on how to set up and operate the aid station.

What would a marathon be without aid stations?
Aid station personnel also inspire and motivate the runners. Having a well-operated, enthusiastic aid station contributes to the runner's experience and success. While the accomplishment of running a marathon can shape personal lives in tremendous ways, it is also a rewarding experience for the aid station staff.

Theme examples:

  • Hawaiian
  • St. Patty's Day
  • Rock n Roll
  • Disney
  • West Holt Huskies
  • Pirate
  • Hay Days
  • Christmas in May

Water Station Assignments

Aide Station #1 (Mill Race park - Mile Marker 2):  Available

Aide Station #2 (Out in the Country - Mile Marker 4):  Available

Aide Station #3 (Out in the Country - Mile Marker 6):  Available

Aide Station #4 (Out in the Country - Mile Marker 8):  Available

Aide Station #5 (Out in the Country - Mile Marker 10):  Available

Aide Station #6 (Finish Line):  Available

Volunteer for Traffic Control Help is needed at various locations of the race course to help direct runners and traffic. 

Saturday, May 16 from 6:30 AM 11:00 a.m..  Meet at the parking lot that is north of Ogdens Hardware at 6:30 am for an instructional meeting with Chief Larby.  Your location assignment will be announced and security vests will be provided. You will need to be stationed at your assignment by 7:15 am.

Volunteer at the Start/Finish Line Help is needed at the starting line to help direct runners, serve water and food, answers questions, etc. Help is needed the finish line to time runners, hand out water/food, help direct runners to aid, etc.

a. Saturday, May 16 from 7:00 AM 8:30 AM.
b. Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 AM 10:30 AM.

Volunteer Entertainment Along the Course We are looking for bands and musicians to perform along the course too!

Bag check: Take gear bags from participants at the start, take them to the bag check area and return them to the participant at the finish.


Set-Up: We need volunteers to help set-up the course Start and Finish areas before the race start. This requires early arrival at 5:30 AM.


Tear-Down and Clean Up: We need volunteers to help tear down course and clean up areas when race is finished.  Approximately 10:30 PM

More Volunteer information to be posted at a later date.

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