I have been reading Magical Miles: A Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World and one of the chapters discussed the kind act of volunteering at a RunDisney race or event weekend. Now I typically run most of the races, and have not pursued volunteering; however, after reading about it, I may have to consider it, if we are at Walt Disney World and there is a race.
There are many different opportunities to volunteer. You can work at the race expo to the race itself. As a runner, I thoroughly appreciate volunteers. Without them races would not function, especially at Disney. So I will start by thanking all volunteers of my past races and to those of my future races! You rock!
Volunteering at the Expo
You can volunteer at the expo for one day or the entire weekend. They will take whatever service you can provide. At the expo volunteers help at directions in various forms and hand out packets & shirts. Something new I learned in the reading, is they will also assist friends and families not running to make motivational signs to cheer on their runners. Volunteers at the expo must be 15 years of age or older, and will receive a shirt and snack for their shift(s).
Volunteering at Races
At the 5k & 10k races, you can volunteer at helping runners get into the proper corrals, hand out medals, and handing out water at the water stops (and gels & snacks at the half marathons and full marathon). For the races, volunteers must be at least 12 years old (some volunteering roles require you to be 15 years of age). Like the expo, these volunteers will receive a shirt and snack for their help. For the longer races, you get something additional, in a one-day park ticket to the park of your choice. Now that is a piece of motivation right there!
For those local to Walt Disney World, the opportunity to volunteer works on an incentive approach. For every hour spent volunteering, you earn a point. You then build points toward earning 16 points and a one-day park ticket.
There are also volunteering opportunities to volunteer if you have medical certifications. Also, if you have a large group that wants to volunteer, that opportunity is available as well. They will do their best to put the entire group at the same location.
Volunteering is on a first come first serve basis. The opportunities are usually announced a few months before the event. So register early to volunteer!
Thanks to all the volunteers!
For more information on volunteering or to register to volunteer, go to Disney Sports Enthusiasts.