2018 Womens Distance Festival - Volunteer to Help

Be a part of the action Sunday, August 12th and support PGRC's "Women's Distance Festival" 5K race as a fantastic volunteer. 

You can support a community of women (and men!) runners for PGRC's fun, flat and scenic 5k race on a certified course, beginning from the Wells Ice Rink parking lot and circling Lake Artemesia in College Park, MD. Some volunteers may also run in the race (check the position description).

Volunteers support two races: The women’s race starts at 7:30 am, followed by the men's race along the same course, staring at 8:30 am. This event is part of the Maryland Women’s Distance Festival 5k Series.  Thanks for helping out as a Volunteer, supporting the Club and giving the runners a great experience!

Location: (Start) Herbert Wells Ice Rink parking lot (5211 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD US 20740). Volunteers will be positioned throughout the course.

Date: Sunday, August 12

Race start: 7:30 am, and 8:30 am

Volunteer arrival times: various, see your chosen role below

There is no race day registration. Packet/premium pick-up, Sweeper, set up and break down are the only Volunteer positions that allow a volunteer to run in one of the races.

Date: 08/12/2018 (Sun.)

Time: 6:00am - 10:30am EDT

Location: (start) Wells Ice Rink parking lot, 5211 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD US 20740

Created by:   Chris Nichols
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Women's Distance Festival Volunteer Positions

Head Marshall

Arrive: 6 a.m. Verify course layout and position marshals at all turns

Andrea Hong

Lead Cyclist (2)

Arrive: 6:45 & 8 am 1 cyclist/race. Must be able to cycle at 6 min/mile pace, ahead of the lead runners, keeping them on course, managing safety. Prior to first race, Cyclist #1 should ride the course through a complete circuit to check conditions.

All slots filled
Mark Shroder (2)

Course Marshalls (8)

Arrive 6:45 am to the Start area (Wells parking lot.) Get assignment & flags from the Head Marshall. Be in position for both races (7:30 and 8:30 am starts). Guide all runners to stay on the correct race path.

All slots filled
Sharon Bollers
Samantha Cooper
Finiana Joseph
Volunteer for Men's Race
Dave Roeder
Janice Bernache
Volunteer for Women’s Race
Wanda Sims
Bernard Kelly
I can CM both races or do clean-up instead.
Susan Keller

Water Stop (2)

Arrive 7 a.m. Hand out water and Gatorade, clean up empty cups and keep course clear. Re-stock supplies between the 7:30 and 8:30 am races.

All slots filled
Mahasin El-Amin
Katherine Chambers
I've signed up to run in the Women's 5k. I would like to help during the men's 5k.

Timer (4)

Arrive 7 a.m. Track runners' times in both races, assist other Timers to keep it all straight

3 of 4 slots filled
Valerie Rankin
I have some experience using the time machine at the Summer Series (Hope it's the same / similar!)
Xinzi He
Also have some experience using the time machine at the Summer Series

Check in (3)

Arrive 6:45 a.m. Greet runners, issue bibs, chips and hand out WDF premiums for both races, as runners arrive.

All slots filled
MARIA A Green Green
Sheila (Gail) Sockwell-Thompson
Denise Penn

Refreshment (2)

Arrive 6:30 a.m. Prep food and beverages for the finishers in both races (set up for women's race first, refresh for the men's race after the women clear). One of you will do the shopping for the food and beverages, coordinating with the Race Director.


Finish Line (3)

Arrive 7:00 a.m. Remove chips and direct runners to the Refreshment tables.

All slots filled
Roxanne Leiba Lawrence
Anthony Bell
I'm willing the assist, then I'm running in the Men's Race
Yvonne Hill

Set up/Breakdown (2)

Arrive 6 a.m. for set up. Assist equipment manager in setting up tables and chairs, timing equipment and signage. At end, help with picking up and returning all race day equipment.

1 of 2 slots filled
Jennifer Cormeny

Sweeper (2)

EACH RACE NEEDS 1 SWEEPER. Arrive 7:00 am for 7:30 race, and 8:00 am for 8:30 am race. Each sweeper: Follow the last runner to ensure everyone finishes the race safely. THIS COULD BE ON A BICYCLE. This volunteer could also run behind the last racer.

1 of 2 slots filled
Paula Liverpool-Davis

Clean Up (2)

Arrive 7:45 am Make sure we leave the course area (Wells Ice Rink and Lake Artemisia) clean. This includes scanning the entire race course after we finish to pick up any litter. Bicycles are handy for this.

1 of 2 slots filled
Dave Roeder


Arrive 6:45 am For both races: Capture start, finish and race images.


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