Our volunteers really make this race special. If you are not running, please do come out and volunteer. Volunteers get race logo T-shirts, the great barbecue at Pine Valley and lots of appreciation from the runners. We need people for the positions described below.
The day before the race, runners, hikers and/or mountain bikers help to mark the course. There are 50 miles of trail to mark, but it can be broken down into smaller sections. It's a fun way to get in a run, hike or bike ride and to see part of the course.
Aid Stations and Road Crossings
North Fork has been very fortunate to have aid station captains who come back year after year. They put together their teams of people, but some may need additional help. Working an aid station is a great way to see how the race unfolds, and it is very rewarding to help runners who are working so hard to achieve their goals.
Homestead: Miles 5.3, 10.1 and 28.4 (50K) or 46.4 (50 Mile). Operates 7:30 a.m. to 8:05 p.m.
Buffalo Creek: Miles 14.7 and 24.3 (50K or 42.3 (50 Mile). Operates 8:45 a.m. to 6:50 p.m.
Meadows: Miles 16.3, 22.1 and 31.9 in the 50 Mile. Operates 8:55 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Shinglemill: Mile 20.2 (50K) or 38.2 (50 Mile). Operates 9:25 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.
Rolling Creek: Mile 27 in the 50 Mile. Operates 10:15 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
The Forest Service also requires us to have monitors stationed where our 50 Mile runners cross Forest Service Road 550 at miles 16 and 32. Being a course monitor presents a perfect opportunity to cheer on the 50 Mile runners.
Pine Valley Start/Finish
Pine Valley is a hub of activity on race day from 5:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lots of volunteers are needed to help with the start, finish line and barbecue, as well as other logistical tasks. Shift hours are suggested, but we can be flexible.
Early shift 5:15 for as long as you can stay: The early volunteers help get cars parked, get runners to the start area, and handle pre-race check-in. Everyone gets a breather after the 7:00 start, and then we set up the finish line and the barbecue in anticipation of the first 50K finisher, who normally comes in between 10:30 and 11:00. The finish line then operates through the entire day. Early shift volunteers generally work until noon or later.
Mid-day shift 11:00-5:00: Volunteers work the finish line. And there are always other tasks that come up, like going out for more ice, shuttling finishers to their cars, and such. It is always thrilling to watch the finishers celebrate their accomplishment.
Late shift 3:30-9:30: More volunteers are needed mid-afternoon and into the evening to relieve the early and mid-day help. The barbecue closes at 8 p.m., and hands are needed to tear down and pack up. The last runner comes in around 9 p.m., just as it is getting dark, after which the finish area is torn down and packed up.
Hours are flexible, so help out for as long as you would like. Just email the race director if you'd like to help. Janice@northfork50.com.