2017-07-06 / Community News

Volunteers needed for Beach to Beacon

Officials for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race are looking for volunteers at this year’s 20th race on Saturday, Aug. 5 in Cape Elizabeth.

Positions are most needed in the following areas:  Handing out the 20th anniversary medals to runners at the finish  Parking and shuttle bus program  Recycling, composting and the bike corral  The Kid’s Fun Run on Friday, Aug. 4  Medical tent

New and returning volunteers can sign up atwww.beach2beacon.org/volunteer.

Besides self-satisfaction in helping the road race run smoothly, perks for volunteers this year include a lapel pin designed like the finisher medals, a tech running shirt from Nike, and an outdoor party at Fort Williams during race week for volunteers that features food, music and prizes.

“Our volunteers truly form the backbone of the TD Beach to Beacon, each and every year,” said Volunteer Coordinator Maya Cohen. “This race just wouldn’t be what it is without their dedication and efforts. And with this year being the special 20th running of the race, it’s an extra special year for volunteers as we have a few new volunteer areas and a heightened level of excitement. We are hoping to attract new volunteers and making sure our past volunteers get signed up so they don’t miss out. This is going to be a fun event all the way around.”

One new responsibility for volunteers will be handing out medals to runners in the finish line area on race morning, she said.

Another area of need is related to the race’s sustainability efforts, Cohen said. Following the 2016 race, the TD Beach to Beacon became the first major U.S. road race to earn Evergreen Certification for, among other things, its comprehensive recycling program and success in reducing carbon emissions. Evergreen is the highest level attainable from the Council for Responsible Sport.

“This program is more important than ever,” Cohen said. “If anyone wants to know what they can do in their own back yard to fight climate change, then spending a few hours assisting in this program is a fantastic option.”

Volunteers are needed to assist with recycling, composting and the bike corral, which makes it easy for participants to ride their bikes to the event, taking cars off the roadway.

Help is also needed in the shuttle bus program, which transports runners from and to satellite lots at the Hannaford corporate parking lot in Scarborough, Southern Maine Community College in South Portland and Cape Elizabeth High School, as well as in the parking areas for runners near the start line.

The Kids Fun Run on Friday evening also needs volunteers. “To watch these kids run and compete, the smiles on their faces, it’s pure joy,” she said.

On Saturday, the medical tent is another area where volunteers are needed. Here, both licensed and non-licensed medical professionals are welcome, including doctors, nurses, EMTs, medical assistants and students in training, to assist runners deal with any running related injuries such as heat, dehydration and other medical issues.

Spots for volunteers remain in many other areas as well, she said.“We’ve had a great response so far but we still need volunteers so we’re encouraging new and previous volunteers to sign up soon, especially returning volunteers who have a favorite area,” Cohen added.

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