Volunteers

Volunteer Registration for the 2015 Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5k, presented by Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) and the City of Portage, is now available!!! Nearly 200 volunteers are needed for the 3rd annual event and we have opportunities for individuals and groups on Friday, February 27, Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015.  Race morning will feature a special volunteer hospitality suite with refreshments and other amenities to enhance the volunteer experience.  Groups should contact Amy Clark at amy.clark@kalamazooarearunners.org for volunteer opportunities and to learn more about the Community Spirit Challenge below.   Individual volunteers should sign up to volunteer here.

Community Spirit Challenge

We are pleased to introduce the Community Spirit Challenge for groups who volunteer to staff one of our seven aid & spirit stations.   Volunteer groups are eligible for cash prizes which they designate to a local (Kalamazoo and adjacent counties) non-profit 501(c) (3) or 501 (c) (1) organization of their choice.  Any business, organization or group is eligible to participate, but must have a minimum of 10 volunteers to staff the aid station and a creative theme, and the recipient of the cash award must be a local non-profit 501(c)(3) or 501 (c) (1)organization.   Proceeds will be awarded as follows based on half marathon participant post-race vote.

  • 1st Place – $1000
  • 2nd Place – $750
  • 3rd Place – $500
  • 4th – 7th Place – $200

Community Spirit Challenge Application

Available Opportunities for Individuals and Groups (other than aid stations)

  • Friday, February 27, 2015  – T-shirt sorting (TBD)
  • Friday, February 28, 2015  – Set-up (12:00-2:00)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 – Late Registration (2:00 – 5:00)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 – Pre-Registration (2:00 – 5:00)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 – Registration Triage Worker (2:00-5:00)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015  – Vendor Check-in and Assistance (12:00-2:00)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 –  Volunteer Check-in (12:00-3:00)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015  – Tear Down/Clean-up (5:00-done)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 –  Course Set Up (6:00 – 8:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015  – Volunteer Check-in (6:00 – 10:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015  – Parking Guide (6:15 – 9:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Start/Finish Line Set Up (6:30 – 7:30)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Triage (6:15 – 8:30)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Race Day Registration (5k) (6:15 – 7:45)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Pre-Registration (5k) (6:15 – 7:45)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Pre-Registration (Half Marathon) (6:15 – 7:45)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015  – Triage (9:00 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Awards (8:00 – 10:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Awards (10:00 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Refreshments (7:30 – 9:30)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Refreshments (9:30 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Outdoor Teardown (12:00 – 1:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Indoor Teardown (12:00 – 1:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Results Runner (8:00 – 10:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Results Runner (10:00 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Medal Distribution (9:15 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Spotter/Bib Look-up (8:00 – 10:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Spotter/Bib Look-up (10:00 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Course Marshall (7:00 – last finisher)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 – I can help anywhere needed at any time
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 – I can help anywhere needed at any time