Volunteer Sign up - Ultra-Trail Cape Town 2019
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.
AID STATION STAFF:
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.