Volunteer

volunteer-santaVolunteers help make this event possible. They are often the most memorable feature of the race for our runners coming from all over the world.volunteer-signup

Each year, our army of 300+ helpful, energetic, friendly volunteers help feed and water runners, sign them up at registration, rake leaves off the trails, drive boats, mark over 100 km of wilderness terrain, assist media, give out hugs and bandage blisters.

–  2017 Aid Station Guide
–  2017 Volunteer Guide

Our main volunteer contact is Nicola. Email volunteer@taraweraultra.co.nz

2017 VOLUNTEER BRIEFINGS

Volunteer Briefing – Kawerau
Volunteer Briefing – Rotorua

We welcome our volunteers to our briefing nights. It is important that as many volunteers as possible come along to hear about..
– Updates about the race
– Important information about safety
– A Q&A session with the race organisers
– Collect gear (including volunteer t-shirts, radios, parking and access passes) for your team
– Receive the volunteer guide plus Official Race Programme, containing all the important information your team will need either before or on the day.

This year we have split our volunteer briefing into two separate sessions – aid stations first; then people performing other critical roles on the day. You only need to attend the briefing that is relevant to you. Our volunteer t-shirts are always in hot demand so do know sizings for absent team members and collect on their behalf if they can’t make it.

Please register your interest with us to volunteer – it only takes a minute!  The volunteer roles (mainly) include:

  • Course marking (week before). Putting ribbons and markers out on the course. You need to know where you are going!
  • Fun Run: Thursday. Helping with our traditional Thursday evening run.
  • Race Registration/Media/Seminar: Friday. Helping to register runners, answer questions on the helpdesk, put up signs, assist sponsors and look after an expected 3000 people. Packing down and tidy up.
  • Redwoods Start: Saturday. Helping with parking and making sure everyone finds their way in the dark.
  • Rotorua Aid Stations (Blue Lake to Humphries): Saturday. Helping set up the buffet aid stations, feeding and watering runners, drop bags and providing encouragement.Volunteers report to the Aid Station Captain.
  • Kawerau Aid Stations (Outlet to River Road): Saturday. Helping set up the buffet aid stations, feeding and watering runners, drop bags and providing encouragement.Volunteers report to the Aid Station Captain.
  • Kawerau Finish Line: Saturday. Helping set up and staff the finish line area and looking after runners as they complete their epic journey. Packing down and tidy up.
  • IT support and webcasting. Kawerau Finish Line: Saturday. Helping update the Event Tracking Database with runner status info at an assigned aid stations. Helping with LiveTrail reporting.
  • Mountain Bike Patrol: Saturday. Making sure runners are ok on remote parts of the course.
  • Tail-End Charlie: Saturday. Cleaning up the course markings after the runners have passed by.

 Our volunteer support base
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