Volunteers

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Volunteer Registration for the 2016 Winter Blast Half Marathon, 10k and 5k, presented by Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) and the City of Portage, is now available!!! Nearly 200 volunteers are needed for the 4th annual event and we have opportunities for individuals and groups on  Saturday, February 27and Sunday, February 28, 2016.  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.

Volunteers

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

2016 Community Spirit Application

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

  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Late Registration (2:00 – 5:00)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Pre-Registration (2:00 – 5:00)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Registration Greeters/Information (2:00-5:00)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016  – Vendor Check-in and Assistance (12:00-2:00)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016  – Tear Down/Clean-up (5:00-done)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016-  Course Set Up (5:30-7:15)
  • Sunday,February 28, 2016 – Volunteer Check-in (6:00 – 8:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Parking Guide (6:15 – 7:30)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Start/Finish Line Set Up (5:30 – 7:15)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Race Day Registration Greeters/Information (6:15 – 9:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Race Day Registration (6:15 – 7:45)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Pre-Registration (5k) (6:15 – 7:45)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Pre-Registration (10k) (6:15-7:45)
  • Sunday,February 28, 2016 – Pre-Registration (Half Marathon) (6:15 – 7:45)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Baggage Drop (6:30-8:30, 8:30-10:00, 10:00-11:30)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Greeters/Information (6:30-9:00, 9:00-12:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Awards (8:00 – 10:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Awards (10:00 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Refreshments (7:30 – 9:30)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Refreshments (9:30 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Outdoor Teardown (12:00 – 1:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Indoor Teardown (12:00 – 1:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Results Runner (8:00 – 10:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Results Runner (10:00 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Medal Distribution (9:15 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- Spotter/Bib Look-up (8:00 – 10:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Spotter/Bib Look-up (10:00 – 12:00)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Course Marshall (7:00 – last finisher)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 – I can help anywhere needed at any time
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016- I can help anywhere needed at any time

 

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