There are many pieces to the puzzle that make an event great. Volunteers are the centerpiece of every In the Cut 5k event. Without the support of local schools, nonprofits, groups, and individuals we wouldn’t be able to bring high-quality events to the Detroit area.
The majority of the funds raised go right back to help the surrounding community. If you’d like to volunteer as a group please contact the In the Cut 5k Volunteer Coordinator using the contact form under contact us. Individuals willing to donate their time click the registration link and sign up under the volunteer option. Want to know more about the available positions? Check out the volunteer positions page for details and requirements.
Whether you’re an individual or a group, registering to volunteer is easy.
Volunteer Position Descriptions
Course Flagger Team – At critical points on the run course a flagger will present to direct athletes for turns and safety hazards. Safety vests and flags will be provided. All flaggers must remain at their assigned position until last athlete is past the position. Reports to Run Course Coordinator.
Finish Line Team – Assist at finish line chute handing out water and finisher medals as athletes cross the finish line. The team will also select two members to hold the finish ribbon for the first male and female athletes that cross the finish line. After the last athlete has crossed the finish line the team will assist in the breakdown of the finish line. Reports to Finish Line Team Leader
Green Team – Circulate the race site including the -race start line and finish line areas ensuring all trash is properly discarded. Volunteers working this position will be provided gloves and trash bags. Reports to Race Coordinator
Water Station & Course Setup Team: Assist in setting up the race site. This includes unloading material from trucks, setting up hydration station and race area (finish line, -race, etc.), and ensuring the race site is “buttoned up” for race morning. The Operations Coordinator will be distributing volunteers to area-specific coordinators for directions. Heavy lifting may be required for this position. Reports to Operations Coordinator
Water On-Course Team – Includes preparing drinks and serving fuel (drinks and any other race provided items) to the athletes as the pass. Stations will be well stocked and drinks (water and Gatorade) should be handed out or offered to every runner. Part of the group will prepare Gatorade and will fill cups while the rest of the group will be handing out drinks to the athletes. As athletes approach volunteers should be yelling out what they are handing out so athletes can take what they need. After the final athlete has passed the hydration station, the team will break down the station. Reports to Hydration Station Coordinator
Medical Staff Team – Description coming soon. Reports to Medical Coordinator
Packet Pickup Team - Distribute race packets during packet pick up. Packets include everything the athlete needs to compete and any promotional material. Volunteers are also responsible for the setup and breakdown of the packet pickup area. The final shift of early packet pickup will be responsible for complete breakdown and loading the trucks. This position includes both Early Packet Pickup and Race Day Packet Pickup Teams. Reports to Packet Pickup Team Leader
Run Team – Setup run area prior to athletes finishing and prepare food to be served. Once athletes begin to cross the finish line begin serving food to athletes as directed by the area coordinator. Several volunteers will be asked to clean run area during the event to keep it orderly. At the end of the event, begin breaking down run party and clean the area. Reports to Race Coordinator
Race Site Breakdown Team – Assist in breaking down run site after the event is completed. This includes breaking down every area (swim, transition, finish line, race, etc.), packing and loading materials into the trucks, and cleaning all event areas. Reports to Operations Coordinator
Results & Awards Team – Assist in the setup and coordination of awards distribution and relaying the results from the timing tent to the awards area. Volunteers will also record any timing/results issues reported by athletes and will report them to the timing tent. Setup includes the awards display, podium, and media backdrop. Reports to Race Coordinator
Start/Finish Line Setup – Assist in preparing the start and finish line with any items that cannot be setup before the event including some promotional material and banners, and the medal and hydration stations. Reports to Operations Coordinator and Race Coordinator
Team Leaders – Will organize the teams they are assigned to and assist in completing the positions. Team leaders must be at least 18 years old. Team leaders will be contacted prior to event with specific duties. Packet Pickup Team and Volunteer Check In Team Leader will report to Operations Coordinator, Finish Line Team Leader will report to run Coordinator.
Check In Team – Assist in signing in and taking volunteers to their assigned positions. Reports to Volunteer Check In Team Leader