Join our Race Crew!
Groups welcome! Individuals appreciated! Our volunteers make our events the best...period!
Please email Patty@obxse.org or call our office 252-255-6273 directly for more information on how you can help at the Outer Banks Marathon Weekend!
Race participants consistently agree that our volunteers and community are outstanding in their support of all of the events! The participants feel welcome, appreciated and encouraged because of our volunteers and community support. It is because of YOU that we have established ourselves as a premier destination race that runners will return to. What an accomplishment!
You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. It’s important to make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit and to communicate with the people you’re working with in the volunteer organization.
- Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. If you have any questions, be sure to speak up. Sample questions to your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment, if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.
- Make sure you know what’s expected. Before starting, make sure you are comfortable with the organization, know what is expected, and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself at first. Give yourself some flexibility to change your focus if needed.
- Don’t be afraid to make a change. Speak up if your experience isn’t what you expected. Don’t force yourself into a bad fit. Talk to the organization about changing your focus or consider looking for another match.
- Enjoy yourself. Most importantly, make sure you’re having fun! The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and familiar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed.
From a 2013 volunteer ~ "As for me, I got to experience the races from the other side of the barricades. I’m actually there. Literally, I was on the other side of the barricades during the race. I also got to set up those barricades the day before. You should see what goes into the finish line area. One serious logistical exercise being done with smiles and enthusiasm by volunteers, and it was a lot of fun. Plus, I got to hang out and talk to friends I haven’t seen in a while which is always fun for me. "