RTC Saturday Morning Runs
Volunteers are needed to assist Saturday morning runners to accomplish their goals and crossing the finish lines of training for half and full marathons. Typically you will set up and person two aid stations to include the pouring of water and electrolyte liquids into cups and cutting up bananas (occasionally you will put out gels that are in wrappers).
During the spring months please report to the Rochester Athletic Club at 7:05 AM and during the summer months at 6:50 AM to receive the maps and the supplies. You do not need to provide anything except transport from one aid station to the next). All liquids are pre-mixed so that all you need to do is pour into cups.
If you have never been a volunteer for our Sat. aid stations, you might find the following instructions helpful.
NEW THIS YEAR: We will try to have a sag cyclist to alert you to the last person requiring aid at your aid station. PLEASE do not leave your aid station until you have conversed with the sag cyclist. This will help to ensure that all runners receive assistance, especially important during the hot summer months. You will know if there is a cyclist when you pick up your aid station items from Sean Saturday morning.
Instructions for Marathon Training Class Aid Station Volunteers.
First and foremost, THANK YOU!!!!! Without your volunteering, all the runners that you see during your volunteer stint would not be able to enjoy and benefit from what they do. You are the absolutely critical foundation that makes this all happen. On Saturday you will make a difference to all these people. A simple thank you is not sufficient, but please know the feeling and appreciation behind that simple thank you!!!!
1. Sean Cedotal will bring to the Rochester Athletic Club all the equipment and mixed drink you will need for your aid stations. He will have the electrolyte drink mixed, cups, water, pitchers to pour the liquids from the 5 gallon container to the cups, a box with relevant items for the run…..small first aid kit, Vaseline, paper towels, bags for used cup deposit, paper plates for the bananas, small plastic knife to cut the bananas into nice bite sized chunks, etc.
2. Ideally if you can be at the RAC by 7:05 AM (spring) or 6:50 AM (summer), this will permit Sean to give you the supplies and to explain the aid station locations with you.
3. Unless you are comfortable with the map and route, you will not be responsible or explaining this to the masses. Someone else will do this.
4. It may be prudent to take off for your aid station as soon as the runners begin their run or earlier. If you are at the odd numbered stations you will need to get to the first aid station ASAP to begin your set up.
5. Begin filing the cups with water and with Gatorade as soon as you set-up. Divide your banana supply in two and cut up the banana into bite sized pieces (usually about ½ inch thick). Any unused water, Gatorade, and cups can be poured back into the containers and used for the next aid station. As the line of runners starts to end, you will not need to have your table full of cups. Most runners will take one cup and re-fill it as many times as they need to. We are emphasizing one cup per runner per stop.
6. The intent is to really be there for the slower runners. Thus from the 3rd aid station on, you may miss the first runners through. These runners know that they may not be supported. It is most important to support the slower runner as they are on the course longer. Try, as you will, you may miss a runner, either because you weren’t quite sure who the last runner is or a runner may have gotten disoriented. This will happen. However you can, try to determine who the last runner is to the best of your ability. This can often be accomplished by asking runners if there is anyone behind them that they are aware of.
7. When you leave an aid station, please be sure all is cleaned up and move to your next assigned aid station and set up once again.
8. You may be asked by a runner to either take an item(s) to an aid station (i.e. water bottle, extra piece of clothing), or a runner may drop off an item of clothing with you to return to the RAC. Any extra gear you have accumulated outside of the aid station equipment can be left at the front desk. The runner knows this is where they can reclaim their item.
9. The runners may ask you where the next aid station is and how far that might be. Knowing where that is (or having a map available for the runners) can be advantageous. Be prepared that many of the runners will not be able to read the maps since they are not wearing their corrective lenses. Vain runners!!!!
10. On occasion you may encounter a runner who has “bitten off more than they can chew” or has acquired an injury or is not feeling well, and may ask for a lift back to the RAC. If the situation is deemed urgent, by all means do whatever is necessary to accommodate the runner. If the situation is not urgent (most, are not), the runner will wait until after you have finished you r commitment to the runners on the course, at which time you can take them with you back to the RAC.
11. At the conclusion of the run (i.e. after you have finished your last aid station), you can return to the RAC and deposit your aid station gear near Randy’s vehicle (he will tell you where it is); and any personal running gear to the RAC desk. Know that you have made a difference for so many and made today possible. THANK YOU!!!
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