Volunteering with the Tour
Welcome to the 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. On behalf of the host city Local Organizing Committees (LOCs), we thank you for your interest and support of this year’s event. With the addition of a seventh exciting day to the Tour, the LOCs will rely heavily on their communities for volunteer support.
The volunteer registration application is centralized on the TOU website (tourofutah.com) but each host city LOC will recruit, train and schedule their local volunteers as needed for their specific stage start and/or finish. Volunteer registration will remain open through the end of July, but may close early as positions at the various stages are filled.
New this year, you will sign up for a volunteer position and shift on-line. You will be notified via e-mail and on the website when the positions and shifts are available. The exact schedules and job requirements are subject to modification, however, this allows you to plan early and know what is expected of you in advance.
- Monday, August 4 Stage 1 – Cedar City
- Tuesday, August 5 Stage 2 – Panguitch to Torrey
- Wednesday, August 6 Stage 3 – Lehi to Miller Motorsports Park
- Thursday, August 7 Stage 4 – Ogden to Powder Mountain
- Friday, August 8 Stage 5 – Evanston to Kamas
- Saturday, August 9 Stage 6 – Salt Lake City to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
- Sunday, August 10 Stage 7 – Park City
The Tour of Utah race caravan will pass through several communities between the start and finish cities of each stage. Volunteers are needed in these “pass-through” communities to serve as Course Marshals to help keep the riders safe. If you live in these cities, we encourage you to register to volunteer.
The primary method of communication will be e-mail, so please make sure you have submitted your information correctly. You can refer to the Volunteer FAQs section of this website for more information. You can also reach us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you complete the registration process you will also receive the Tour of Utah newsletter via e-mail which will keep you up to date on the latest Tour news.
Traveling Course Marshals can no longer register as volunteers. If you are interested in registering as a Traveling Course Marshal, information can be found here.
- What happens after my application has been submitted?
The Volunteer Managers for host cities will manage the volunteer information and schedules for their respective stages. They will stay in contact with you and provide additional information and next steps. Please contact and work with the individual LOC Volunteer Managers if you have questions specific to that stage and volunteer positions. The Volunteer Managers may re-assign or make adjustments based on the operational needs of each host city but will take your requests and availability into consideration.
- When and where are volunteers needed?
Volunteer needs are determined by each host city. The majority of volunteers will be assigned to the start or finish locations and along the course route. Until your exact shift and assignment is known, please plan to be available for most of the day related to the stage for which you applied. Please note, unless you are a Traveling Course Marshal, you cannot volunteer at both a start and finish at the same stage unless the course is a loop and the start/finish city is the same (Stage 1 Cedar City & Stage 7 Park City).
- Can children/youth volunteer?
The decision to allow participants under 18 years of age to volunteer is left up to each host city. However, minors may be excluded from specific volunteer positions.
- Are there volunteer opportunities for youth groups?
Specific volunteer needs are determined and managed by each LOC host city. Typically, youth groups such as boyscouts/girlscouts, church and other civic organizations will be recruited as part of the Green Team. The Green Team helps keep the start and finish areas looking good to ensure our environmental impact is minimal. It is a great opportunity for youth groups to serve their communities. There must be one responsible accompanying adult for every five minors.
- What are the benefits and expectations of a volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to support your community. For cycling fans, you have the unique opportunity to see the “ins and outs” of a professional cycling event. But, you don’t have to be a fan or know anything about cycling to volunteer. The LOC host cities are looking for people who are hard-working, enthusiastic and friendly. Although it is not required that you follow professional cycling, many volunteers who experience the Tour of Utah will leave as the sports newest fans.
Volunteers have the option of signing up for more than one shift, but not for the same stage; unless the course is a loop and the start/finish city is the same. Volunteers who commit to three or more shifts may receive extra incentive items if available. Volunteers will be required to be outdoors and should be prepared for hot summer weather. Many of the conditions require long periods of standing, so please be certain you are able to do so. If you are interested in committing to all seven days as a Traveling Course Marshal, please click here.
- What volunteer positions are available?
The volunteer positions and numbers needed will vary by stage and location. Generally, the following are needed:
- Course Marshal: the most needed volunteer position on the Tour; assigned to a designated area along the race course or in a start/finish city to assist with the coordination and safety of the field of play; work closely with local safety agencies and law enforcement; may help monitor auto and pedestrian traffic along driveways and intersections.
- Volunteer Check-In: assist the LOC Volunteer Manager with the check-in process, including: set-up, distribute t-shirts, assemble and distribute volunteer gift bags and other support functions as needed.
- Parking Attendants: help direct traffic and assign accredited vehicles to one of four parking areas: Team/Staff/Media/VIP. Production Load-In/Out: assist the full-time production staff with set-up of all event areas within the footprint, including: transport of materials, assembly of tents, set-up in the Expo, fence wrap and other support functions as needed; will include manual labor tasks.
- Hospitality: assist with set-up and load-in/load out process; meet and greet VIP guests; provide access control for accredited guests and other support functions as needed.
- Security: help prevent access to accredited areas (i.e. on course, awards ceremony, finish line, green room and press room) by non-accredited participants.
- Media: assist the media operations team with office set-up, media check-in, distribute credentials, and serve as a runner; it is recommended, that you have a laptop or tablet to use.
- Anti-Doping Control: notify and chaperone athletes who have been selected for anti-doping tests immediately following the race; must remain with the athlete until they check-in at the anti-doping control station; trained by the Anti-Doping Control Officer and must be male; needed only in the finish cities.
- Green Team: support local services to pick-up trash and recyclable items from public and spectator viewing areas; very important to leave host cities and venues clean – group and youth opportunities.
- Is volunteer training required?
Host city LOCs will schedule a training session for their volunteers. While participation is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged, even if you have volunteered in the past. The training sessions are specific to the host city but if you are unable to attend the session for your city, you may attend at a different location. If you volunteer for more than one shift/host city, you need to attend only one training at either location.
- Where do I park?
As parking is limited, we encourage you to carpool to your volunteer positions. Please check with your host city Volunteer Manager for specifics regarding parking at your assigned location.
- How do I stay up to date with the Tour?
- How do I reach the TOU staff?
Please call us at 801.325.7000 or email email@example.com