The BasicsThe race starts at Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ and ends at Seaside Heights. Along the way, there are 36 Transition Areas or TA’s (See TA Chart), where the runners hand off the baton between their teammates. The TA’s are staffed by volunteers who manage the flow of vehicles and runners coming through the site. These sites are managed by a member of the RTB Race Staff and will also have an Emergency Medical Technician and, typically, an amateur radio operator to assist with communication.
Each TA is identified by a number (T0-T36), location (town), and its open and close times. We require volunteers to be at their respective TAs for the entire duration (from opening to closing). Staffing these sites in shifts is also possible. The average duration of a TA is approximately 8 hours though some sites can be as long as 12 hours. Assignments for TAs will be made on a first come, first served basis. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.
- Will receive an official Reach the Beach Relay Volunteer t-shirt.
- Must sign a waiver of liability.
- Are responsible for their own transportation to and from their designated TA assignment.
- Are responsible for their own food and drink during the event.
- May be asked to attend a pre-event informational meeting or participate on a conference call.
- And, are invited to partake in the Finish Line party at Seaside Heights.
We provide training for all volunteer leaders in advance of the event, typically through planned meetings and/or conference calls. Volunteer duties include:
- Directing runners to the correct hand-off or relay exchange zone.
- Directing and assisting team vehicles for parking.
- Recording team numbers and clock times as racers enter the relay exchange zone.
- Assist and/or direct runners to food, water and restrooms.
- Assist in final clean up of site, including removing signage and trash.
Volunteer DonationsVolunteers are the backbone of this event and we know it. Without the dedicated volunteer groups to staff the transition areas (TA’s) this event couldn’t happen. We show our appreciation by making donations to the groups in return for a specific number of adult volunteers to staff and work at the TA’s. This number will vary between 8-20 volunteers; depending on location. Donation rates vary by TA site and time of day. Please check with our Volunteer Coordinator to find out more.
Some of our groups include minors (ex: Girl Scouts, schools groups, etc). We require that any volunteer groups that will have more than 2 minors present on site must have at least one adult (parent or guardian) for every 3 minors present whose sole responsibility will the supervision of those minors. Minors are not permitted to direct traffic.
All donations will be credited to the respective group after the completion of the race; typically within 45 days.
Earn Additional Cash – Here’s How
Each Volunteer Group also has the opportunity to raise additional funds through food sales at the TA site. Because of the nature of this event, many runners are looking for ‘real’, home cooked food and snacks along the race course and would prefer the convenience of having this available at the TA sites versus having to search for it along the 200 + mile route.
We encourage this practice and will even distribute a menu of food items that will be provided at each TA to the teams before the start of the race. Please note that menu items must be communicated to us no later than September 30th in order to be available to the runners at the start.
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