Setting up a big event like the Mercuryman Triathlon takes a lot of work, and the work is not finished when the gun goes off on race day! The event organizers need a lot of help from the community to make the Mercuryman Triathlon a safe and successful event. So if you are not racing or racing as part of a relay, we could use your help! There are many ways you can help out with the Generali Mercuryman Triathlon. Have a look at the list of positions below and email us to let us know your preference. We really appreciate your help and you can be sure all the athletes will too.
All volunteers will receive a tshirt and a free post race meal. All of our volunteers will also be entered into a random draw at the end of the race and have a chance to win some great prizes.
Registration: Registration will occur on the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon before the race. We need people to check athletes in, give athletes their race packet and answer any questions athletes may have. Time commitment can be anywhere from 2 hours either day up to any amount of hours you can give over those 2 days.
Race set up: Race set up will occur on the Saturday evening before the race and on race morning. We need volunteers to place buoys on the swim course and set up the transition area. Time commitment: approximately 2-3 hours.
Water safety: Safety in the water is one of our primary concerns as race organizers. We need people on race morning to patrol the course on jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards and assist swimmers who are experiencing difficulties. Some swimmers might just need to rest a while but others might need to be pulled from the water. While lifeguarding experience is not essential for this role, you must be a strong and confident swimmer and paddleboarder/kayaker. Time commitment: approximately 1 hour.
Water counter: We need volunteers to count people entering the water and exiting the water for the swim portion of the event. Time commitment: approximately 1 hour.
Bike Course Marshal: On race day, the roads will not be closed to traffic and athletes will be required to cross a road twice on each lap of the bike course. We need marshals to inform motorists about the race and to help ensure that athletes cross the road safely. Time commitment: approximately 3.5 hours.
Aid Station: Given the heat, athletes may need to refill water bottles with water or Gatorade while on the bike course. We need volunteers to provide water and Gatorade to athletes. As the racers might come through the aid stations at speeds exceeding 25kp/h, requiring a fast bottle handoff, this role is not suitable for children. Time commitment: approximately 3.5 hours
Transition area security and directions: Throughout race day we need volunteers to guide athletes through the transition area and to ensure that only athletes enter the transition area. Time commitment: increments from 2 hours to how ever long you are able to help out while the race is on.
Aid station: Athletes out on the run course will likely be thirsty and hungry. We need several volunteers to provide simple food and liquids to athletes at one of our 7 aid stations located throughout the run course. This is a great and fun volunteer opportunity for families with children. Time commitment: approximately 3.5 hours.
Marshal: There are 2 turnarounds, one at each end of the run course. We need one volunteer at each turnaround to ensure that all athletes turn around at the appropriate point and that athletes do not miss the turn. Time commitment: approximately 3.5 hours.
Finish line: Athletes will be very excited to have reached the finish line after a long and gruelling event and we need happy, smiling faces to welcome them home. We need volunteers to catch athletes as they cross the finish line, hand out medals and direct athletes who appear in distress to the medical tent. This is often one of the most requested volunteer positions so if this is the role for you make sure you sign up fast before all the spots are taken! Time commitment: 2 hour shifts or a total of approximately 4 hours.
Food tent: Athletes and volunteers will be hungry after the race. We need volunteers to serve food to them. Time commitment: 2 hour shifts or a total of approximately 4 hours.