We all know that races in general, and triathlons specifically, live and die on the backs of volunteers. You need volunteers to hand out race packets, man the aid stations, direct traffic, hand out bottles and bananas, deliver race medals, and so much more. Quite frankly, were it not for the multitude of volunteers at any race event we do, those events would likely not exist!
Perhaps you have volunteered at races previously. If you have, you know it’s a really cool and rewarding experience. One time, I volunteered at the bike check-in for Rev3’s race in Knoxville. What made this even more fun for me is that I wore a bunch of Florida Gators gear and gave anyone who was wearing University of Tennessee clothes all sorts of needling (in case you didn’t know, Florida and Tennessee are fairly big rivals). I had such a fun and amazing time…and all I was doing was telling people where to rack their bikes! It’s not like I was handing out gels to folks who were on the edge of bonking or anything!
Volunteerism is a great way for you to meet tons of athletes, give back to our sport, earn hours required for high school graduation, work off that community service requirement for your misdemeanor trespassing charge, whatever. Typically, though, when you volunteer you just give of yourself. Your time. Your talent. Your effort.
Now there’s a chance for Rev3 to give back to you (or more specifically to your group). Rev3 has a really cool thing called the Local Charity Donation Program. They will donate $15 PER VOLUNTEER to a group that brings 15 or more volunteers to work at one of their races. Talk about a really easy way to make some money for your Scout troop, Abuse Center, or Pet Adoption agency! If you happen to volunteer at either the Williamsburg event (June 22-23) or The Dells event (August 10-11) and bring a group of 15 or more, Rev3 will pay $20 PER VOLUNTEER!
What else do you get for your time? Well, in addition to the eternal thanks of other athletes, a lot of “Thanks for volunteering!” comments, and a good sun
burntan, you get a handy-dandy Rev3 Volunteer t-shirt! What a bargain!
Interested? Check out Rev3’s website and pick the particular race that you’re interested in volunteering for. Each race has a “Volunteer” tab that details out each open spot and how many folks are needed. It’s really as simple as 1-2-3! If you’d like to bring your Youth Group, Knitting Outreach Club, or other organization and take advantage of the Local Charity Donation Program that Rev3 offers, reach out to Tracy Bryant, Rev3’s Volunteer Director. You can reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could also send a tweet to @REV3TRI or leave a comment on their facebook page.
Go volunteer at a Rev3 race. You’ll be glad you did (and so will countless other athletes)!