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YMCA Turkey Trot Volunteer Opportunities

So, maybe you’re not a runner. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the excitement and fun! Volunteers perform a variety of key tasks essential to the success of the YMCA Turkey Trot. The majority of these volunteer positions are scheduled for race day, but volunteer activities are available prior to race day as well. The dates and times of volunteer tasks are noted below where applicable, and all volunteers will receive more detailed information and instructions after the registration process is completed. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age, and all volunteers will receive a complimentary YMCA Turkey Trot T-shirt.

Sign up to be a volunteer online or download our volunteer application.

Turkey Trot volunteers help out with some of the following tasks:

  • PACKET STUFFING

    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Volunteers prepare runner packets containing race t-shirts and promotional materials provided by sponsors.

  • REGISTRATION

    Volunteers assist in runner registration and packet distribution at the Delaware Family YMCA. See below for available shifts.

  • PACKET PICK UP RACE DAY

    Race day volunteers distribute packets, numbers, and chips.

  • TRAFFIC/INTERSECTION CONTROLLERS

    Race day, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

    
Volunteers hold a Race in Progress sign at intersections and direct traffic along the race route.

  • FINISH LINE CHUTE MOVERS

    Race day, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

    Volunteers assemble at the finish line outside the Buffalo Convention Center to help guide runners across the finish line and into the Convention Center.

  • FINISH LINE CLEAN UP VOLUNTEERS

    Race day, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

    Volunteers assist with taking down banners and barricades, sweeping the area and loading all finish line equipment. Some physical labor required.

  • REFRESHMENTS

    Race day, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Volunteers report to the Buffalo Convention Center to assist in the distribution of various refreshments during the post-race party.

  • WATER STATION AT FINISH LINE

    Race day, 7:30 – 11:00 a.m.

    Set up of water station and distribution of water to finishers at the race.

  • BUS CONTROL

    Race day, 6:30 – 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Assist with timely and orderly loading of race participants onto the shuttle buses.