Keeping with our theme of self-improvement, this week our volunteer program gets a small makeover. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about – since the very beginning we’ve offered race credit to people who help out with our races and the program has been a huge part of our success!
How big of a part? Frankly, I have no idea how we would have gotten this far without our volunteers. Not only have you been the backbone of our water stations, festivals, and race courses, but many of you have become full and part time staff. In fact, every current full time employee of NYCRUNS started as a volunteer,how awesome is that? *
That said, we’ve been taking a good hard look at the program and have decided to make some fundamental changes. We think they are going to really make the program shine!
First of all, we’re upping our standard race day volunteer credit to $50. for up to a 5-hour period and to $100. for up to an 8-hour period. Our packet pickup volunteer credit will remain $25. Volunteers will also now receive NYCRUNS Volunteer technical shirts (starting with November races). Not too shabby!
We’re also going to institute a 3 strikes and you’re out policy for no-shows. Many of our volunteers are loyal and dependable, but some people just do not show up and that’s not good. It makes life difficult for everyone, particularly the other volunteers and denies good people the opportunity to step up (and earn race credit). You can always cancel a shift, but we need you to honor the commitment – rain or shine once we get to event day.
Finally, thank you for your support. You’re a huge part of what we do and believe me – the entire team knows it. Please help us out and volunteer at a race soon!