Once we have received your registration form
we will send you the first volunteer newsletter by email, that will provide you with detailed information about volunteer roles, how the race works and what to bring. As we get closer to
the event we will provide you with additional details to prepare
you for the adventure ahead and to ensure that all the necessary
logistics are taken care of for your time with us.
Although we are hoping that all volunteers will
be self-sufficient during the race, we will do our best to make
sure you have everything required. Expect to bring most of your
own food and gear -- we are working hard to get as many food and
equipment/product donations from companies for you as we can manage.
Many roles require you be comfortable in the wilderness, as each
race will be in a fairly remote areas, so please come prepared.
We will let you know in advance whether you will be camping in a
remote access area, near your vehicle or at one of our camps so
that you can plan your requirements appropriately.
For most volunteer roles we will need you to arrive
the day before the start of the race. Although we will give you
most information prior to race(s) dates, there will be detailed
information necessary to go over with you in person which will be
done in a pre-scheduled, one-on-one meeting with one of our staff.
This will give us the opportunity to better get to know you and
answer further questions. It will also provide a chance for you
to meet and get to know the competitors and fellow volunteers before
the race starts.
After registration, everyone will camp out at base
camp before heading to your role the following morning (Note: In
most cases you will have the option of booking hotel accommodations
at a special rate at the host site). All volunteer roles will have
a minimum of two people per station. Most tasks will last the duration
of the race, and we hope that everyone will be able to stay for
the party directly after the race, as it will give the staff at
Frontier Adventure Sports and the competitors a chance to say thank-you
for your involvement and support.
Volunteering at an adventure race is hard work.
It can also be a very rewarding and a memorable experience. We will
do everything we can to get you ready for your role and help you
maximize your experience, but we will still be expecting a lot of
you. As important as it is that we all have a good time, it is most
important that the competitors are safe and well looked after.
The following is a list of the major roles available at each race.
Please read through all of them to see which roles most interest
Checkpoint Staff: This is where we need the most people.
Checkpoints are specific locations on the course that all teams
must pass through. For many checkpoints, it will involve being stationed
in fairly accessible areas. The role consists of setting up the
checkpoint, recording each team arrival and departure times as well
as their general condition and then radioing the information to
headquarters. You will also be responsible for ensuring the site
is left clean. Note: All checkpoints are staffed with a minimum
of two people, so it's a great job to do with a friend!
Remote Checkpoint Staff: This job is similar to the regular
checkpoint but is usually deep in the wilderness. People wanting
this role must be self-sufficient! Having your own camping equipment
and the ability to carry it in for a stay overnight is a must. We
will lead you in but you and your partner must be able to navigate
your way out.
Transition Area Staff: TA's are major checkpoints, and the only
areas on the course where teams can meet up with their support crew
to re-supply. This area will be stationed with a minimum of four
people. In addition to tracking competitors, you will also be responsible
for tracking support crews, building a communal fire, and initiating
games for the support crews, awarding prizes to the support crew
antics. It is a fun role but definitely requires organizational
and leadership skills.
Base Camp Staff: Base camp is at the finish line and serves
as the command centre for the whole race. All team progress reports
are relayed back to base camp to get entered into the master time
spreadsheet and added to the spectator leader board. Teams must
be tended to as they cross the finish line and equipment needs to
be managed. Base camp is certainly more comfortable than a checkpoint
and it has plenty of action. It is a good choice for those that
are not as keen on being out in the wilderness.
Dispatch Driver: If you know the land and the roads in the
race area, this is the job for you! The dispatch driver will be
responsible for picking up teams that have dropped out for various
reasons, volunteers that need to get to the next checkpoint. A person
with a four-wheel drive truck is preferred but not necessary and
of course Frontier Adventure Sports will pick up the tab for any
gas you use.
Medical Team: Frontier has a great professional medical team.
The AR Medics have years of experience and know what adventure racing
is all about. If you can help them out let us know. Some medical
staff assist in search and rescue situations while the majority
monitor and assist teams as they pass through transition areas.
Medical teams are positioned according to qualifications. If you
have the minimal requirements of 1st Aid, CPR, or Wilderness 1st
aid you can assist any of the qualified medics. If you are a qualified
medic or above you will be in charge of caring for the competitors
and assessing their condition as they come into transition areas.
Massage Therapist/Physiotherapist: Once teams reach the finish
line we want them to relax and get comfortable. Volunteers for this
position need to participate only on the last day of the race. We
will establish a massage/physio tent near the finish line of every
race so you have a dedicated facility to work from.
Each role listed offers some unique challenges and rewards and are
suited to different types of individuals. List your top 3 choices
on your registration form and
we will do our best to put you in your role of choice. If you have
any questions about any role listed please do not hesitate to contact