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    Since I've broadened this thread and I thought it might be interesting to "see" what does into producing a running event ... I'll be volunteering at an aid station at a small-medium sized trail run. The organizer has been doing Thanksgiving morning plus Saturday After events for, well, years. Two venues are used, the Thanksgiving Day event being 5K and 10K distances, and the Saturday event adding a half Marathon distance. Runners who complete a distance at both receive a connector medal that connects their two finisher's medals into a "mega medal". There are short children's runs, "Little Turkeys", for young children. Both events have start/finish areas in their respective parks, and are done with permits and assistance from rangers as needed.

    The quickie (?) summary description over, here are the volunteer stations and names of people staffing the stations:

    QUARRY TURKEY VOLUNTEERS 2022

    SET UP AT PARK 11:30AM:
    Father Dale & Sharlet
    Frank N
    Leo & Virg
    Rocio
    Felicia R
    Craig

    PARKING:
    Will
    Gary
    Glenn
    Lorna
    Rich & Christina
    David & Kerry

    QT & Crans: (Costumed)

    RABBITS on bikes:
    Half –Andrew
    10K –
    5K –

    Race day reg: Tammy
    Half: Dorothy
    10K: Katherine
    5K: Rachael W

    Little Turkeys: Angela M, Jessica C

    TSHIRTS:
    Deval
    Fanny

    MERCH:
    Angela M

    SWEAT CHECK:
    Jean S

    AIDS:
    AID 1: Blythe: Christine, Jess M, Helen H, Thuy P, Jaisan S, Faith F
    AID 2: Brian C: Ciara, Alyssa, Zenith, Christoph, Kaitlyn, Sophorn
    AID 3: Tommy M: Pete S, Cesar Z, Min K O, Jeremiah, Brian H,
    AID 4: Sheri: Pat B, Thin A, Leslie C, Dexter E, Erik H.

    COURSE MONITORS:
    Madeline D (Aid 2 - 10K turn around)
    Pat V (Aid 1 – 5K CM)

    PHOTOS:
    Julia (out on course)
    Sheri (Aid 4)
    Dan C (Aid 2)
    Warren (start/finish)

    Finish Area FOOD:
    Katelynn
    Stephanie S
    Gaby R
    Anthony & Jason M
    Ria S
    Henry G

    FINISH LINE WATER & MEDALS:
    Fanny
    David & Kerry after parking
    Gina
    Jessica C after Little Turkeys

    MEGA MEDALS:
    #3

    AGE GROUP AWARDS:
    Tammy

    PACK UP:
    Rachel
    Sama
    Alex A
    Anuj
    Jolly
    Albert

    SWEEP:
    Troy J – Half
    Nikki S – 5K

    Looking over the list briefly, I recognized about 20 people (out of 76) as volunteering regularly at this organizer's events (myself among them, FWIW). Sweepers are runners or cyclists who stay behind the last finisher, for safety, and retrieve course marking flags. The Little Turkeys volunteers assist parents with herding their "cats" (errrr, Turkeys). Normally there would be a group of volunteers for day-before-event packet pick-up (shirt and bib), but that was done the Wednesday before T'giving, for both events. Photos are free, but not indexed by name or bib number (wearing a distinctive shirt helps).

    The couple who own the organizing company and a few of their employees will also be working the event, and I suspect that "#3" may be their older munchkin. So, for an event with what I expect will have 500-700 finishers of the three distances, there were 80-90 people helping put it on. Employees are paid, of course, and volunteers receive an event T-shirt and a "free" entry to a future event.

    Aid stations with this organizer have water, electrolyte drink, GU packets (100 calories, electrolytes, and some flavors have caffeine), and a variety of sugary and salty snacks (even 5K runners burn off a few hundred calories and sweat out electrolytes). The tubs with aid stations' supplies also include pitchers, ladles, gloves, sanitizer and wipes, cleaner, paper towels, knives (fruit) and scissors etc. (i.e. food handling stuff).
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    Hmmm, today's Turkey Trot by this organizer had 770 finishers between the two distances, more than I expected (FWIW).
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    I was at Aid 3, which only saw half marathon runners and walkers, 158 in all. There were a total of 519 finishers of all distances. beside the hydration and snacks, possibly the most important duty of volunteers is to watch for runners who may be in trouble. Usually that simply means chatting up runners as they get their whatever or pass through the station. For I think my first time, I paid particular attention to a couple of runners. One is a guy I know is in his mid 70s, for GP. The other looked really tired, and I made sure he was "with it" (not doing it obtrusively).
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