Event Volunteers

The North Star Bicycle Festival (previously Nature Valley) is a completely volunteer run organization.  These are people just like you who have a passion for cycling or want to help Special Olympics Minnesota (and often both). But there are never enough of us, so we need your support.

    

There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities suitable to all preferences, ranging from seated to physically demanding. You are sure to find a role that is perfect for you!  Scroll Down to read about the various roles.  Click here to learn about the roles.

Questions?  E-mail us @ volunteer@minnbikefestival.com or check our FAQ.

We need volunteers for the following events:

  • Wednesday June 15  St Paul Time Trial (morning - East River Road) 
  • Wednesday June 15  St Paul Criterium (afternoon/evening - Rice Park) 
  • Thursday June 16 Cannon Falls Road Race (afternoon/evening)
  • Friday June 17 Uptown Minneapolis Criterium (afternoon/evening)
  • Saturday June 18 North Mankato Road Race (morning/afternoon)
  • Sunday June 19  Stillwater Criterium (morning/afternoon)

* No Experience Necessary!  *

Anyone can volunteer (children must be accompanied by an adult) and no prior experience is necessary! 

Each volunteer will be asked to sign this form: http://www.usacycling.org/forms/volunteer_release.pdf  
To speed time at check in, please fill it out ahead of time and bring it with you. Note that children under 18 need to have an adult sign their form.

Each volunteer will be asked to follow our Code of Conduct by presenting a professional and caring image.

Thank you for volunteering.  You make all the difference!

 

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Expo Set Up

This role includes a variety of set up tasks including preparing the vendor area and the bike corral.  Some heavy lifting is involved, especially the pedestrian barricades and weights.
  1. Set up the Bike Corral by positioning pedestrian barricades (heavy metal fences) and covering them in snow fencing
  2. Position equipment for each vendor according to their needs
  3. 10x10 tents (it takes 4 people to put up a tent, one on each corner)
  4. Table(s)
  5. Chair(s)
  6. Weights (hold the tents down from winds)
  7. Unpack the free samples from our sponsors to make it easier to hand out to the spectators and dispose of its packaging
  8. Bring a pair of work gloves

 

Race Course Set Up

This role includes a variety of set up tasks for the race course itself.  Some heavy lifting is involved, especially the pedestrian barricades and hay bales.

  1. Position pedestrian barricades (heavy metal fences) around the start/finish line and other areas where it is important to keep spectators off the course (and cyclists ON the course) for safety.
  2. Construct stage/scaffolding/truss near the start/finish line.
  3. Hang sponsor banners from the pedestrian barricades the near the start/finish line and other areas
  4. Hang snow fencing from the pedestrian barricades
  5. String “caution” tape where we don’t have barricades, but need a visual cue for safety.
  6. Position hay bales for safety and sweep the hay off the street once they are in place.
  7. Bring a pair of work gloves

 

Course Marshal

Course Marshals are responsible for keeping the race course safe for both the cyclists and the spectators by controlling spectator traffic with ropes/flags and informing people when it is safe to cross the street.

This role requires you to stand for an extended amount of time, but does not require any lifting.

  1. You will be wearing a safety vest, waving a flag and blowing a whistle to warn spectators of approaching cyclists. (Ear plugs will also be provided.)
  2. You will be receiving a Course Marshal orientation prior to starting, so please be sure to be on time for your shift as this orientation schedule is built into the shift times.
  3. Since you cannot leave your position for the duration of the race, please bring a back pack to hold your belongings/food/water and also to keep both your hands free.
  4. Some course marshals will also direct the children during the kid’s race which occurs between the women’s and men’s races.

 

Tear Down

This role includes a variety of tasks for dismantling the race course, the vendor expo area, and the bike corral so that all the equipment can be brought to the next venue to be put up all over again.  Some heavy lifting is involved, especially the pedestrian barricades and hay bales.

  1. Remove snow fencing, roll up and put on truck.
  2. Remove sponsor banners.  (Banners need to come down in the reverse order they went up in, so they are positioned for the next day.)
  3. Stack pedestrian barricades back onto the truck.
  4. Deconstruct stage/scaffolding/truss near the start/finish line.
  5. Remove “caution” tape.
  6. Remove hay bales and sweep the hay off the street once they are removed.
  7. Deconstruct the expo tents, tables, chairs, and weights and put them on the truck.
  8. Remove all garbage left behind by the expo and put into the dumpster.
  9. Deconstruct the bike corral and put pedestrian barricades and snow fencing into the truck.
  10. Bring a pair of work gloves and a wire cutter (for the zip ties that hold the banners in place). 

 

Green Team Recycling Recycling for Uptown

Come help us green up this great event.  Volunteers are needed to set up, take down and monitor the recycling containers throughout the course during the event. These are small foldable containers from Hennepin County.

Info Booth

Help keep spectators informed by handing out programs, helping people locate things on the maps, answering questions about race schedule, who is winning, etc. (this information will be provided to you).

This is a seated role that is not active and does not require any lifting.

 

T Shirt Sales

This role involves selling T-Shirts to spectators.  This is a seated role that is not active and does not require any lifting.

Handling money is involved.

Instructions on working the credit card machine will be provided.

 

Volunteer Booth

This role involves being in the volunteer booth before and during the events and helping to ensure the volunteers have what they need, know where to go, and are being taken care of.  Without them we couldn’t do this race.  We love our volunteers!

There are a variety of tasks, and although no lifting is involved, it can be a pretty active place requiring you to move around the booth providing the volunteers with what they need.

  1. Volunteer check in:  Take signed waivers, provide t-shirts and supplies for each role (e.g. safety vests, ear plugs), direct volunteers to their positions.   
  2. Kids race registration: Take waivers for kids participating in the kids race, direct kids/parents to where the kids race will start, hand out race numbers and safety pins.
  3. Once the kids race is done, give a medal to each participant.
  4. Deliver food/water to the course marshals (they cannot leave their position).
  5. Provide volunteers with food/water and keep water coolers stocked.
  6. Hand out thank you gifts and collect volunteer equipment at the end of the shifts

 

Bike Corral

Keep a watchful eye over the fully-enclosed corral to be sure bikes are kept safe.   This role may require you to stand and give/take people’s tickets when they are checking their bikes in/out, but does not require you to handle their bike or lift anything.

Intake/release of bikes as people come/leave.

There is a single exit/entrance, away from the primary flow of traffic.

No money is involved.

 

Schwag

Unpack the free samples from our sponsors and dispose its packaging

Hand out free samples from our sponsors to the spectators

 

Chaperone

As a chaperone, you are responsible for getting your assigned rider to the drug testing station at the appropriate time.

  1. Attend an orientation (on race day) to learn about doping control and your role in it
  2. At the completion of the race, locate and escort your assigned racer to the designated doping control location.
  3. Note that there are strict guidelines and restrictions for this role.  Please refer to the chaperone guide to ensure you meet the criteria.

 

Moto Marshal

St Paul Time Trial: (10 Moto Marshals needed)               
7:00am - 11:00am                

We need skilled motorcyclists to help local law enforcement keep the racers safe from traffic on a closed course.   As a marshal you cruise the course helping residents safely exit the course and ensuring that the course remains free of traffic during the event.

Cannon Falls Road Race - 93 miles (16 Moto Marshals needed needed)
2:30 pm - 8:00pm

We need skilled motorcyclists to help local law enforcement keep the racers safe from traffic.  As a marshal you help the local law enforcement get oncoming traffic off to the side of the road and stopped as the race rolls along.  You pull up to drivers after they have been directed to the side of the road by the local law enforcement, help them understand what's happening and ask them to remain in place until the race passes. 

Some marshals (on a voluntary basis) may also carry photographers and/or members of the press.

North Mankato Road Race - 80 miles (16 Moto Marshals needed)
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

We need skilled motorcyclists to help local law enforcement keep the racers safe from traffic.  As a marshal you help the local law enforcement get oncoming traffic off to the side of the road and stopped as the race rolls along.  You pull up to drivers after they have been directed to the side of the road by the local law enforcement, help them understand what's happening and ask them to remain in place until the race passes. 

Some marshals (on a voluntary basis) may also carry photographers and/or members of the press.