It takes over 250 staff and over 2000 volunteers to put on this world-class event with the utmost excellence every year. Considering there are 35,000 people to care for, it takes an army… and that’s exactly what we are with your help!
Every volunteer receives an exclusive event T-shirt, specially branded to identify you as a volunteer at the event. These are not available to the public, and are yours to keep because we want each volunteer to get something unique and valuable
Cal Poly Volunteer Registration is handled via the Wildflower Committee on their website: (www.wfcommittee.com).
Volunteers are needed just about everywhere – from the pre-race experience to the start and on-course help, to the finish. Volunteering areas include: packet pick up, course monitors, aid stations, swim, transitions, start/finish, and medical tent assistance.
They vary in start time, duration, and location. You will want to check your volunteer email confirmation after it arrives to find out your unique details. It’s important to note that volunteers are expected to stay for the duration of their unique shift. These are the dates and general times that volunteer shifts fall within: THURS Noon- 8pm, FRI Noon-8pm, SAT 6am-6pm, SUN 6am-3pm.
Volunteers should plan to bring sunscreen, a bottle of water, and snacks if you’re the eat-every-two-hours type. Volunteers should NOT bring their iPods/MP3 players or other devices which may distract a well-intentioned volunteer from ensuring athlete safety on the race! We suggest dressing in layers, as the weather can be cool in the morning and fairly hot in the afternoons – you will likely want to shed a layer or two in order to stay comfortable. And remember, that volunteer shirt needs to stay on top of any other clothing you have on the entire time.
On your volunteering day, you should plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before your shift time begins. This will allow you plenty of time to enter the park, find a parking place and walk to volunteer check-in, which is located at the Information Tent in Expo Area 1 of the festival area (click here for a map of the park). Maps will be provided at the front gate and throughout the park, if you forget to bring one.
What you will get
At volunteer check-in, you will receive a free T-shirt that is required to be worn over the top of your clothing. It is used to identify you as a volunteer while you are there. It is yours to keep as a thank-you and souvenir. You will also receive a meal ticket to be used during each shift that you work.
You will likely have a few questions – not to worry – you should ask the information booth attendants, as they will have the answers, or will be able to find the answer promptly.