Volunteer at a Colon Cancer Coalition Event

Want to raise awareness, screening rates, and understanding of colon cancer in your community? Volunteering at a Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Race or other Colon Cancer Coalition event is a great way to make a positive impact. Find an event and contact your Local Event Director to find out how you can help! Not sure how to get involved? Contact us today and we’ll help you find the right volunteer opportunity for you!

Race Day Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. How do I sign up?

A.  Contact the Local Event Director on the event page.

Q. What kinds of things can I do as a race day volunteer?

A. You can set-up the race course and venue, register participants, hand out T-shirts, work the food tent and water station, keep runners on track and cheer them on as race course monitors, and more!

Q. Can I volunteer with a friend, group, or co-workers?

A. Yes. We welcome all groups to participate. Friends, local shops, corporations, school groups, sororities/fraternities, Rotary and Lions clubs, track teams, and running clubs have all volunteered at our events and added loads of fun and spirit. Just let the Local Event Director know the approximate size of your group before race day.

Q. What's the time commitment for race day volunteers?

A: Race day volunteers check-in about 2 hours ahead of the race start time, and wrap-up shortly after the post-race awards presentation. Exact time commitments will vary based on your assigned task, etc.

Q. What do I need to bring?

A. We’ll give you a volunteer T-shirt; just bring your enthusiasm (and comfortable shoes).

Q. Can I receive credit for my school’s community service program?

A. Yes, bring your school document for sign-off following the race.

Q. Are there any requirements to volunteer?

A. Yes. We ask that kids under 14 volunteer with a parent or supervising adult.

Q. Can my company volunteer?

A. Yes. Lots of companies actively support employee volunteerism through community outreach, employee volunteer matching funds programs, as well as corporate teams. Present our  corporate sponsorship options to your company today!

Q. Can I stop by and volunteer on race day?

A. Yes. As the event unfolds, we may need help handing out medals or cheering on participants. Just stop by the Volunteer Check-in or Information Booth.

Q. Can I volunteer before race day?

A. Yes. Ask about helping at packet pick-up in the days leading up to the race. You can also help publicize the event (see below). And we welcome involvement with community outreach, survivorship, event sponsorships, as well as your suggestions. Just mention your interest and availability to the Local Event Director.

Q. How can I volunteer and help publicize the race?

A. We’d love your help. Whether it’s five minutes or a few hours, here’s what you can do:

  • Announce it on your Facebook and Twitter page
  • Post it to your favorite blog, online community, and running club calendars
  • Email event details and tell your story to your neighborhood, association, and company newsletters
  • Drop off brochures at work, school, and neighborhood shops (contact the Local Event Director to coordinate event brochure pick-up)
  • Blog, or write an article for your neighborhood, community, or school paper
  • Post pictures and videos live from the event to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Share your story with us for our blog

Q. Can I volunteer to help with media relations?

A. Yes, there’s lots of opportunity for media pros who want to make a difference, as well as PR, Advertising, Communications, Journalism, and Marketing students. Running media relations for a local Get Your Rear in Gear or other Colon Cancer Coalition event is also a great opportunity for anyone rejoining the workforce  to gain hands-on experience writing press releases and pitching stories the media. Contact our Communications Director  for more information.

Q. How can I get involved as a vendor or sponsor?

A. We’d love to hear from you. Please contact the Local Event Director for the city event you’d like to participate in.

Q. Do you need help organizing the race?

A. All events are run 100% by volunteers. In each community, a committee of passionate people plans, publicizes, and runs our events. If you have special skills that would benefit the committee, or a passion for the cause, please contact our National Event Manager to see how your skills can be best put to use.