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How u ever volunteered at an IM


Have u ever volunteered at an IM  

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  1. 1. Have you or any of your supporters ever vollied at an IM

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I was gunna do a poll but I can't work out how to get all my Qs into it

have you ever vollied at an IM ? If so how many times compared to how  many  IM have you done

also has any of your supporters or family volunteered 

 

for me 31 Ironman and I've vollied at 4 IM and two half IM 

mrs IP has done 26 IM and  vollied at 4 IM and 4 half  IM and worked as crew in 5 ultraman 1 C2K 1 AAA  etc (which probably doesn't count) 

our grand kids have help out a few times at half IM also but not a full days worth of volleying 

 

seeing the LC tri seems to be dieing  due to many factors including lack of volunteers it would be interesting to know how many Trannies have helped out at an event 

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Never volunteered at an IM but have done so at several shorter races. Every IM I've attended I had a media pass and was working. In fact one year I did a team swim and then got changed and worked the rest of the day.

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Done 6 IM, 7 HALFs, other sprint and OD plus ultra trail runs.

Never volunteered at the bigguns, but husband has at a few i was racing. 

Was involved in my local tri club, was President, set up and helped run local races. Am on the board of my current club. 

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Raced 19 IM & 5 halfs.

Volunteered at 1 x half IM, 2 x full IM. Pulled a 17hr shift at IMWA started helping ppl get their wetsuits on & finished with Antisport who was one of the last finishers.

My wife has volunteered at 14 X IM.  My daughter has volunteered at 3 x IM.

At IM Texas & Lousiville my best mate and his wife flew over for the race. Including Friends from the USA, I provided 10 volunteers at each race. The worst part was trying find my daughter at the aid station to grab a water from her.

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1 minute ago, Bored@work said:

Pulled a 17hr shift at IMWA started helping ppl get their wetsuits on & finished with Antisport who was one of the last finishers.

That was one great day. I walked the last 5k or 6k with AS after working all day and doing the swim leg. We need a reunion!

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Completed 4 IMs and about 12 HIMs. Volunteered at least 8 IMs (Forster and Port). Apart from 1 year where I was out on course in the car, I usually do the finish line. This included a final review of athletes about 50 metres past the finish line as a 1st aider (to see if they were OK after the adrenaline eased). I used to hand them over to Di (Paul Every's better half :lol:) who worked in the medical area. I did this on my own bat as I thought it was a gap. Luckily, as I remember, a few who had a number of problems at this point.

I noticed at Port this year that all the finish line volunteers were medicos. Interesting.....

FM

PS: Check out the old Transitions cap.

PPS: I have caught a hell of a lot of Trannies over the years.

 

  

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2 hours ago, pieman said:

AP? Surely..

I have never volunteered at an IM - I have served them well by recruiting hundreds of athletes for them and training them up for the races - we all contribute in some way - I've recruited people who have said "I'll never do an IM" - 6 months later they enter one - I reckon I should get free entry as an ambassador B)B)B)  

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Volunteered mainly through TO duties, including one with a 5am call on the day to replace someone in the TO team taken to hospital because of an accident on the way to the race.  Not yet done a full distance as a competitor.

Might be different if it was like the trail running community, you volunteer and get a free entry next year (other than Roller Coaster Run, but hey when you don't follow through with your promises you find out you have no vollies the following year).  Would be happy to shuffle around an IM and cross if off the bucket list, but not going to put up $1K for the priviledge until I've got the time to train for it properly

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I don't volunteer for IM as multinational corporate that I pay money to. Similarly to Unilever who I buy soap from.

volunteer for club races and other charity, community things.

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Have never volunteered at IM, despite having raced a couple.

As mentioned by Flannie, Diane does volunteer and has done so at about 20 IMOz, usually starting her day in the women's change tent and ending it at the finishline, long after my race is over. Sometimes she has even squeezed in bike or run aid stations in between. At the finishline she has worked as both triage (sorting the recreational IV hunters from those justifiably destined for the medical tent) and as a catcher. I have no idea where she learned the skills to accurately assess when an athlete is seriously plastered!

The day after racing Strongman (IM distance race) down at Torquay in the mid 90's, Luis Lopez and I were helping out with packing up the bike racks and carrying the metal transition fencing to be loaded onto trucks. Not formally volunteering, just helping out an undermanned Race Director who had put on a good race.

Also spent time some mornings at Port picking up rubbish and recycling around the transition area/ Westport Park. Always wear my finisher's shirt which generates plenty of thanks from locals on their morning walks.

I'm often disappointed by how much rubbish we generate at IM and particularly how much unnecessarily goes to landfill.

Regularly volunteer at ultras; Great Ocean Walk 100km, Canberra 48 Hour, Great North Walk 100 Mile. Some involvement with Coast to Kosci as well.

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Ok so most here seem to give back to the events they are involved in , so why are races struggling to get anything near the number if support volunteered persons at races

is it because most tricathaletes these days arnt like people on this forum , or is because most are bucket listers and just come in do one IM then off to spartan or hot yoga?

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3 hours ago, rory-dognz said:

I don't volunteer for IM as multinational corporate that I pay money to. Similarly to Unilever who I buy soap from.

volunteer for club races and other charity, community things.

Problem is if everyone had that attitude u would never get to race or if you did entry would be over $10k

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14 minutes ago, ironpo said:

is it because most tricathaletes these days arnt like people on this forum , or is because most are bucket listers and just come in do one IM then off to spartan or hot yoga?

Don't knock hot yoga mate! ;)

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Volunteered at that shambolic Ballarat 226 race back in 2003. Did a Team swim, then went and manned a dangerous section of the bike course and then the run. On the run course I saw 5 athletes going in 4 different directions and only one of them was on course!

God knows how much more dangerous that thing would have been but for volunteers!!!

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done a few races, volunteered a bit including ironman.  nick munting, rest his soul, nominated me for tri nsw volunteer of the year one year, when my knee was farked and I was volunteering at races and I won the selection process.  As I was on the board of trinsw at the time, I knocked it back as you cant have board members getting awards, it looks ordinary and decent governance means you cant put your snout in the trough and accept it.  

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Never at an IM but volunteered in SJA in the UK for 11 years before moving. Did several finish lines of Triathlons as part of the Medical Response Team (our specialist high casualty / high density crowd team) and spent many, many joyful hours at the London Marathon as Ambulance Crew, Treatment Centre Manager and then Sector Commander for miles 21 to 24. Some of the best times of my life!

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On 8 November 2017 at 4:48 PM, ironpo said:

Ok so most here seem to give back to the events they are involved in , so why are races struggling to get anything near the number if support volunteered persons at races

is it because most tricathaletes these days arnt like people on this forum , or is because most are bucket listers and just come in do one IM then off to spartan or hot yoga?

It's a generational change in attitude. Baby boomers and gen X ers were brought up to help out and volunteer at sport or whatever, because that's how things got done.

What we are seeing is a shift in thinking and attitude towards volunteering and helping out at ironman and other sports. I hear and read comments that if someone is paying a grand to enter a race there should be no expectation that friends and family help out at the race. Right or wrong that's how it is and when they take their cues from people, like coaches, who have a level of influence on how individuals treat races and the sport, then it is hard to correct the downward spiral of volunteer numbers at races.

Add to this the treatment of volunteers at some races in recent years and you can see why clubs like the local SES or scout group, have withdrawn from volunteering as a fund raiser for their clubs. 

So how do we correct that? Be nice, volunteer and encourage volunteering. 

Everyones going to have an opinion on that statement and really, I don't care. That's exactly what's needed to stop the decline. 

For the record, Ive volunteered quite a bit over the years at ironman and 70.3 distance races. It's varied from running the finish line area, transition area, running aid stations, training volunteer team leaders for running aid stations to riding a motorbike with a TO on the back for 8 hours. The best gig was riding the motorbike for a TV cameraman filming a 70.3 ironman bike and run legs. All of these have been a bit of work but also a bit of fun as well.

 

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On 08/11/2017 at 11:46 AM, AP said:

I have never volunteered at an IM - I have served them well by recruiting hundreds of athletes for them and training them up for the races - we all contribute in some way

That would be far more noble if you weren't cashing a cheque from them every month. Giving back to the sport shouldn't require payment.

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On 8 November 2017 at 6:22 PM, Rimmer said:

Volunteered at that shambolic Ballarat 226 race back in 2003. Did a Team swim, then went and manned a dangerous section of the bike course and then the run. On the run course I saw 5 athletes going in 4 different directions and only one of them was on course!

God knows how much more dangerous that thing would have been but for volunteers!!!

Me too.  Was not long after my motor bike accident and was asked to help out.  Was longest day ever......and I have run a 16hr IM race. Was the only one in the women's tent trying to warm up people, pack bags, bike and run transitions, food, send people to medical.  Did everything, just about. 

Agree, that the vols saved that day big time. 

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6 hours ago, Greyman said:

It's a generational change in attitude. Baby boomers and gen X ers were brought up to help out and volunteer at sport or whatever, because that's how things got done.

What we are seeing is a shift in thinking and attitude towards volunteering and helping out at ironman and other sports. I hear and read comments that if someone is paying a grand to enter a race there should be no expectation that friends and family help out at the race. Right or wrong that's how it is and when they take their cues from people, like coaches, who have a level of influence on how individuals treat races and the sport, then it is hard to correct the downward spiral of volunteer numbers at races.

Add to this the treatment of volunteers at some races in recent years and you can see why clubs like the local SES or scout group, have withdrawn from volunteering as a fund raiser for their clubs. 

So how do we correct that? Be nice, volunteer and encourage volunteering. 

Everyones going to have an opinion on that statement and really, I don't care. That's exactly what's needed to stop the decline. 

For the record, Ive volunteered quite a bit over the years at ironman and 70.3 distance races. It's varied from running the finish line area, transition area, running aid stations, training volunteer team leaders for running aid stations to riding a motorbike with a TO on the back for 8 hours. The best gig was riding the motorbike for a TV cameraman filming a 70.3 ironman bike and run legs. All of these have been a bit of work but also a bit of fun as well.

 

Spot on there

well summed up 

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I know that the day after the race at port, I can't move that great, but I always seen the teams packing everything away etc. I often feel funny in that I should be helping them etc. It's my nature to jump in.

ie: once Christmas down the South Coast.... (Broulee).... after weeks and weeks of floods and rain the beaches were all covered in drift wood etc....so much so that you couldn't put a towel down on the sand. About 50 locals all got rakes and gloves etc and cleaned up about 500 metres of beach......... council brought in truck and a front end loader to get rid of everything we picked up. Amazing effort. The core reason it was done was because people were afraid that too many beach bonfire might have been lit.....and that's not a good thing.....if people bury a fire in sand it still burns and sand gets very very very very hot.....Very dangerous.

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11 hours ago, trinube said:

That would be far more noble if you weren't cashing a cheque from them every month. Giving back to the sport shouldn't require payment.

Could you also claim, entry fees, bikes, flights etc on Tax? Being a work related expense?

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Went to watch Trannie friends at Port Mac. decided id volunteer while there. Helped on the Saturday and in change tent after swim. then had day to myself. Great day. Havent been to another yet.

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