One City Marathon Volunteer Opportunities


The Newport News One City Marathon is a fun way to connect the community and inspire a healthy lifestyle.  With the One City Marathon beginning in the woods of Newport News Park and ending at the Yard District to showcase the beautiful James River, it provides an opportunity for the entire community to come out and take part in this exciting event.  Visitors will enjoy the natural beauty, friendly neighborhoods, cultural amenities, and thriving businesses the city has to offer.  Enthusiastic volunteers will certainly help create an experience that runners and fans will never forget.  Whether you are a runner, event volunteer, or fan, thank you for connecting with the City of Newport News as we celebrate all that is good in our city!

For additional information regarding volunteer opportunities, contact Yvette Williams, One City Marathon Volunteer Coordinator, at ywilliams@nnva.gov.

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5K and Nautical Mile Start Line and Gear Check - City Center At Oyster Point-Saturday, March 5, 2022

Volunteers will assist race organizers with various duties at the 5K/Nautical Mile start including but not limited to race registration, bag check, set-up, tear-down, and guiding participants to the correct areas.

Minimum Age to Participate: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Inclement Weather Details: All events are rain, snow, or shine, so dress appropriately.

Technical Details: Training and information will be provided by race management.

Waiver Details: All volunteers must agree to the terms and conditions of USA Track & Field, Inc.

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5K and Nautical Mile Gear Check Attendants - City Center At Oyster Point, Saturday, March 5, 2022 1 3/5/2022 3/5/2022

Bib Distribution - Holiday Inn At City Center

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Bib Distribution - Friday - March 4th - 1st Shift 1 3/4/2022 3/4/2022
Bib Distribution - Friday, March 4th - 2nd Shift 1 3/4/2022 3/4/2022
Bib Distribution - Saturday, March 5th - 1st Shift 1 3/5/2022 3/5/2022
Bib Distribution - Saturday, March 5th - 2nd Shift 1 3/5/2022 3/5/2022

ECO Station Patrol/Monitor - Yard District 23rd Street

Volunteers will serve to reduce the environmental impact of the event by assisting participants to use the appropriate ECO Station waste containers.  Recycling/composting/trash containers will be placed strategically throughout the venue and volunteers will educate the public about proper waste disposal.  Minimum 3-hour shifts and up to the duration of the event requested.  For more information contact the City's Sustainability Manager, at 757-269-2732.

*Events will be outdoors and volunteers should dress appropriately.

Benefits:

1. Volunteer hours completed count towards service hours for high school students.

2. Volunteers will receive a free One City Marathon volunteer t-shirt.

3. Contributing to an environmentally sustainable community.

Minimum Age to Participate : You must be old enough to act responsibly and minors must volunteer with a parent or guardian.

Inclement Weather Details: All events are rain, snow, or shine, so dress appropriately.

Wavier Details: All volunteers must agree to the terms and conditions of USA Track & Field, Inc.

Activity Shifts Start End
ECO Station Patrol/Monitor - 10:00am - 1:00pm - Yard District 23rd Street 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022
ECO Station Patrol/Monitor - 12:30:00pm - 3:30pm - Yard District 23rd Street 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022
ECO Station Patrol/Monitor - 7:30am - 10:30am - Yard District 23rd Street 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022

Event Set-Up and Tear-Down

Volunteers will assist with setting up for the One City Celebration.  They will assist with organizing, unloading supplies, decorating, connecting equipment; in addition to assisting with logistical needs during the event.

Volunteers will also refresh give-a-ways by transporting items using a gator vehicledelivering and unload boxed refresh items; set up distribution station; distribute post-race refreshments items to racers.

Location: 23rd St. in front of Coastal Fermentory and Ironclad Distillery (across from City Hall.)

POC: Emily Nickerson (757-926-1400) will call or email upon receipt of application.

Minimum Age to Participate: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Inclement Weather Details: All events are rain, snow, or shine, so dress appropriately.

Technical Details: Information will be provided by Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Special Events Staff

Wavier Details: All volunteers must agree to the terms and conditions of USA Track & Field, Inc.

Activity Shifts Start End
Event Set-Up and Tear Down - 1st Shift : 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM - 23rd St. in front of Coastal Fermentory and Ironclad Distillery (across from City Hall.) 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022
Event Set-Up and Tear Down - 2nd Shift : 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - 23rd St. in front of Coastal Fermentory and Ironclad Distillery (across from City Hall.) 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022

Half Marathon Start Line and Relay Exchange - 275 Menchville Road (Menchville H.S.)

This will be a unique position to volunteer for at the event because you will be present for the start of the Half Marathon, and then see the entire full Marathon field from the same location.  Volunteers will assist race organizers with various duties at the Half Marathon Start including, but, not limited to race registration, bag check, set-up, tear-down, and guiding participants to the correct areas.  Once the Half Marathon gets started, volunteers will transition to assisting with the relay exchange for the full marathon relay.

Minimum Age to Participate:  Volunteers must be old enough to act responsibly and minors must volunteer with a parent or gurardian.

Inclement Weather Details:  All events are rain, snow, or shine, so dress appropriately.

Technical Details: Training and information will be provided by race management.

Waiver Details: All volunteers must agree to the terms and conditions of USA Track & Field, Inc.

Activity Shifts Start End
Half Marathon Start Line / Relay Exchange 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022

One City Celebration - Yard District - 23rd Street

The races are over, let the celebration begin! Once runners finish the race, everyone will be ready for a One City, One Celebration. Bring out the Martha Stewart in you and assist race management and city staff to throw a post-race party that is fun for the entire family! You will help serve food and refreshments to finishers, help keep our city clean, make everyone feel well taken care of, and help to resolve any runner issues.

The first shifts starts early, to get everything ready for the celebration! If you like to take care of others and keep our city clean, then this is the opportunity for you!  

Minimum Age to participate: Volunteers must be old enough act responsibly and minors must volunteer with a parent or guardian.

Inclement Weather Details: All events are rain, snow, or shine, so dress appropriately.

Waiver Details: All volunteers must agree to the terms and conditions of USA Track & Field, Inc. 

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One City Celebration - 1st Shift - Yard District - 23rd Street 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022
One City Celebration - 2nd Shift - Yard District - 23rd Street 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022

Shuttle Attendants

Runners and spectators will be relying upon a shuttle bus program to get them where they are going, but it can be confusing.  We need volunteers who can keep folks on track and answer their questions so that they can use the shuttle program with ease!

Being lost or left behind can be a very frustrating experience!  We need volunteers who can keep everyone going and answer questions about the shuttle bus program.

Volunteers will be contacted by race management team.

Minimum Age to Participate: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Inclement Weather Details: All events are rain, snow, or shine, so dress appropriately.

Technical Details: Must have great customer service and verbal skills.  Bi-lingual and American Sign Language skills a plus!

Waiver Details: All volunteers must agree to the the terms and conditions of USA Track & Field, Inc.

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Shuttle Attendant - Holiday Inn - City Center 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022

Traffic Wardens

Traffic Wardens are vital on race day to maintain the safety of participants by keeping the race route clear of vehicular traffic and directing any vehicular traffic that is encountered to designated routes.  Wardens will be placed at locations to ensure vehicles stay clear of the runners and course.  You can also cheer runners on since you will be in the middle of the action.  This can be a very powerful experience as you encourage runners and have fun with this volunteer opportunity!

ALL TRAFFIC WARDEN VOLUNTEERS WILL BE CONTACTED AND NOTIFIED OF THEIR MEETING LOCATIONS.

Traffic Wardens will meet at a location.  At that location, you will be loaded onto a bus and dropped off at your designated post.  After the last runner passes, you and the traffic barriers have been moved, you will be picked up and returned to your car.  Wear comfortable shoes and get ready for a fun and rewarding experience!

Minimum Age to Participate: You must be 18 or older to participate.

Inclement Weather Details: All events are rain, snow, or shine, so dress appropriately.

Technical Requirements: You will be provided with a safety vest and directions on what to do in case of an emergency.

Waiver Details: All volunteers must agree to the terms and conditions of the USA Track & Field, Inc.

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Traffic Wardens - Will be contacted for assignment 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022

Volunteer Food Coordination/Distribution

Reserved for pre-selected City Employees and Police Department Explorers'

Please contact Volunteer Food Coordinator, Pauline Robinson, at 926-1052 if you are interested.

Volunteer Food Drivers must possess a valid driver's license and passed the City's Defensive Driving Course.

Minimum Age to Participate: You must be 18 or older to participate.

Inclement Weather Details: All events are rain, snow, or shine, so please dress appropriately.

Technical Requirements: Must have a valid driver's license and authorized to drive a city vehicle.

Waiver Details: All volunteers must agree to the terms and conditions of USA Track & Field, Inc.

 

Activity Shifts Start End
Explorer Academy - Food Distribution - Menchville H.S. 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022
Volunteer Food Coordination, Pick Up (City of Newport News Personnel Only) 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022

Waterworks Department EMPLOYEES ONLY - Water Cooler / Bottle Filling Station Associates

All volunteers must work for the City of Newport News-Waterworks Department at the Maintenance Operations Center (MOC).

Assignment provided by Waterworks Department.

Inclement Weather Details: ALL events are rain, snow, or shine. Please dress appropriately.

Waiver Details: ALL volunteers must agree to the terms and conditions of the USA Track & Field, Inc.

Activity Shifts Start End
Bottle Filling Station Set Up and Break Down 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022
Filling Station Installation 2 3/5/2022 3/5/2022
Water Cooler - Pick Up - PM Shift 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022
Water Cooler Delivery - AM Shift 1 3/6/2022 3/6/2022
Water Cooler Prep 1 3/5/2022 3/5/2022