Volunteer Sign up - Ultra-Trail Cape Town 2019

Thu Nov 28, 07:00 - Sun Dec 1, 23:00
Table Mountain National Park



Our Route Markers are required from Thursday to Sunday to assist with marking

various parts of the route. This is a small, experienced group who can work well in a team and are

used to a long day out on sections of the route, often in the heat of the day. There will be two Route

Marking Workshops held in the Constantia green belts to give you an idea of what is expected.

These are compulsory to attend if you are serious about getting involved.


Our Forerunners are required from the early hours of Saturday and Sunday

morning. This is also open to a small, experienced group of trail runners who can work well in a

team. All four events will require groups of forerunners to run ahead of each race to ensure the

route is well marked and everything is in place for the runners.


Our Sweeps are required for both Saturday and Sunday’s events but we ask that you don’t

see this as a chance to run the race as a freebie. Sweeps must be prepared to be out there for the

long haul and most of you will run behind the slowest runner so it is going to be a long hike rather

than a run. Positions are also limited so please make sure you put a second choice down when

signing up as there are no guarantees you will get the sweep role.


We require volunteers to assist at Start Finish during Race Week. We would

prefer that our volunteers sign up for either the Thursday/Friday Registration or the Saturday and/or

Sunday Race Days as we need continuity and don’t want to be dealing with staff changes and


Thursday/Friday: These volunteers will assist with Registration, Expo, Workshops, Information

Desk, and general admin around the Race Village. If you are signing up for this role, please commit

to both days.

Saturday/Sunday: These volunteers will assist with Registration, Expo, Runners’ Zone, Finish Line

Control, Medal Handout and general admin around the Race Village. You can sign up for both days

or either Saturday or Sunday.


We require the Aid Station Staff at 7 of our 8 Aid Stations. These are situated

in the following locations:

Signal Hill - Wildrunner AC

Kloof Nek - Muizenberg Trail Dawgs

Constantia Nek - VOB (timing point not an Aid Station*)

Llandudno - Celtic Harriers

Rocket Road - Wildrunner AC

Hout Bay - Cape Multisport AC

Alphen Trail - West Coast Athletic Club

University of Cape Town - Strong2Run

*There is a vital checkpoint and transition point at Constantia Nek that requires a team of volunteers

to manage. This is managed by Varsity Old Boys and their team of volunteers.

The Aid Station up on Table Mountain is staffed and managed by Paddy Milner and the Scouts

Association and does not require additional volunteers.

From the runner’s point of view, these aid stations exist so that runners have a place to get food and

water in order to continue running and finish the race. From the race organisation’s point of view, it

gives us a place to check on the runners to make sure they are doing ok and are able to continue

running. Aid stations are also a place from where we track runners’ progress, record their numbers

etc. Simply put, the primary reason we have aid stations is for the runners’ safety and to help the

runners accomplish their goal of finishing the race.

The Aid Stations are usually allocated to specific Running Clubs or Groups which are indicated


All the Aid Stations are operational on Saturday, but only UCT is operational on Sunday for the 21km

trail event. Please make sure you sign up for the correct day and Aid Station.


We require Route Marshals at strategic points along the route on both race

days. Marshals are either part of the Aid Stations and managed by the Aid Station Captains or part

of Start Finish and managed by the Route Marshal Captains. Route marshals are required to:

Direct the athletes, make sure they are safe in the City section and to direct them in and out of

the aid stations.

Have route knowledge and know the route in and out from their particular position.


We require Mountain Marshals at strategic points on the mountain on

both race days. These marshals are required to work in teams, be familiar with the mountain trails

and route access points, as well as be able to hike/run to their allocated points. All Mountain

Marshals will be issued with radios and certain positions will be issued with Nano timing devices.


We will be hosting three Volunteer Briefings in the week leading up to

Race Week. These will take place on the following dates. Attendance at one of these is


Saturday 23 November 2019 at 11h00

Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 18h00

Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 18h00

These dates and times will be confirmed closer to the race. Please spend some time studying the

website (www.ultratrailcapetown.com) to learn as much as you can about the race – this will help

you and will also make you a resource for other volunteers and most importantly, the runners.


Volunteer Sign up - Ultra-Trail Cape Town 2019
Table Mountain National Park
Montreal Ave, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, 8001
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