Volunteer

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Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Marathon Kids. We offer a fun, exciting and rewarding way to give back to your community. The Marathon Kids staff, teachers, parents, and all of our little Marathon Kids appreciate the time you are willing to give.

Sample Volunteer Opportunities Include:
  • Assisting with community-wide celebration events (Kick Off Ceremony & Finisher Medal Celebrations)
  • Helping out with Marathon Kids fundraisers
  • Representing Marathon Kids’ programs at school events, races, and other festivals in your area
  • Providing childcare during community and Wellness Team meetings in Austin, TX
  • Volunteering office time at the Marathon Kids headquarters in Austin, TX

Upcoming Opportunities

november

7nov4:00 pm- 6:00 pmMarathon Kids Impact Statement - Houston @ Central Market - Highland Village
8nov10:00 am- 12:00 pmLos Angeles Kick-Off Ceremony
12nov11:00 am- 12:00 pmHow to Build a Wellness Team Webinaronline webinar
13nov3:30 pm- 4:30 pmMarathon Kids Impact Statement - Hays CISD/Austin @ Elm Grove Elementary
15nov - 19All Day142nd Annual Meeting & Expo of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
15nov10:00 am- 12:00 pmEl Paso Kick Off Ceremony

december

2dec - 6All Day91st Annual TAPHERD Convention
13dec10:00 am- 12:00 pmRio Grande Valley Kick Off Ceremony
31dec7:00 amLoop the Lake

january

18janAll DayChevron Houston Marathon

february

28feb9:00 am- 11:00 pmAustin Finisher Medal Celebration for AISD Schools
28feb11:00 am- 1:00 pmAustin Finisher Medal Celebration for All Other Austin Area Schools

march

28mar10:00 am- 12:00 pmDallas Finisher Medal Celebration

april

4apr10:00 am- 12:00 pmHouston Finisher Medal Celebration

may

No Events

june

No Events

july

No Events

Volunteer Position Descriptions

  • Arrive before the event to help with event set up
  • Make sure that all items are completely set up and ready to go
  • Bring your enthusiasm and be excited and make lots of noise for the kids!
  • Direct traffic and make sure people know where to go when they enter the stadium
  • Direct groups of people to their seating sections from behind the stands
  • Communicate with ushers to know when sections are full or need to be filled
  • Direct traffic between the entrance and the actual seating
  • Take participants to the staging area when their section is called
  • Listen to the Captain, who announces which section is next
  • Kindly remind people to sit and not stand in the stairs or aisles so that runners can get to the concourse
  • Split the crowd into manageable size heats and escort them to the track
  • Use handheld signs to communicate with the crowd and keep them sectioned
  • Work closely with staging, concourse, and usher volunteers
  • Create a series of human chains at the start line of every heat so that no one gets hurt
  • Make sure that excited kids stay behind the start line pacers before they are released to run
  • Cheer kids on as they run past you!
  • Send finishers into reward alley at the end of their laps
  • Make sure they keep running until they’re off the track and that groups don’t gather and block other runners
  • Congratulate the runners as they make their way into reward alley
  • Hand out water, Marathon Kids’ rewards, and sponsor rewards to participants, parents, and teachers
  • Stay at the lost and found tent in case a kid, parents, or teachers gets separated from the pack
  • Communicate with the emcee regarding any lost child
  • Wait with kids until their parents can pick them up
  • Provide first aid for minor injuries and radio EMS for serious injuries
  • Keep runners from exiting reward alley and crossing the track until there is a gap between running heats.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

University of Houston
University of Texas Athletics
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
MyFi
Saucony
Texas Tuition Promise Fund
Rogue Running
Children's Medical Center
Charm City Run
Carmax Cares
Texas Beef Council
Rite Aid
St. David's Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Whole Foods
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Howdy Honda
HEB

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