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The Closer to Free Ride cannot happen without the dedication and support of hundreds of Volunteers. If you’re not into pedaling, join us as a volunteer and share your energy and enthusiasm with our community.

CLOSER TO FREE RIDE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer opportunities are available at a site (Pre-Ride or the Yale Bowl) as well as on the ride route (Road Crew). See below for a complete list of roles and if you’re under the age of 18, please contact us at [email protected] or 203.200.CTFR (2837) to discuss volunteer opportunities. Youths 16-18 are welcome to volunteer unchaperoned in our Kid Zone at the Yale Bowl.  Youths 12-15 are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian in our Kid Zone at the Yale Bowl. 

PRE-RIDE EVENT VOLUNTEERS
Pre-Ride Volunteers support our check-in day on the Friday prior to the ride.

Check In/Registration Team:
  • Check-in and register Riders for the event.
  • Collect donations.
  • Distribute wristbands and bike frame labels
  • Must be computer savvy
  • Lift up to 10lbs
Volunteer Check-In/Help Desk Team:
  • Check in all registered volunteers.
  • Provide any event supplies before deploying volunteers to their assignment
  • Hand out schedules/answer any questions pertaining to Ride Day
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
Merchandise Team:
  • Supports the merchandise store
  • Loads and unloads merchandise.
  • Sets up and breaks down display materials and equipment.
  • Restocks merchandise.
  • Interacts with participants and the public.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs
Jersey/Water Bottle Distribution Team:
  • Distribute Rider jersey’s and water bottles to participants displaying official event wristband
  • Reference Rider Report for requested jersey size and check off name when distributed
  • Keep area stocked, neat and organized
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
Photo Op Team:
  • Assist participants in the photo op area
  • Loads and unloads photo op supplies
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
My Ride Button/My Town Sticker Distribution:
  • Hand out My Ride Buttons to Riders based on the number of years they have participated
  • Make My Town Stickers available for Riders to write in their home town to be displayed on their person on Ride Day
  • Keep table neat and re-supplied
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
Overnight Bike Parking ** This position is located at the Yale Bowl
  • Assist with directing traffic to the bike parking racks
  • Ensure Riders have attended Pre-Ride and received their bike frame label
  • Assist Riders with placing their bike on bike parking rack
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
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ROAD CREW VOLUNTEERS

If you’re able to commit to the entire day and are 18 or older, please register as a Road Crew Volunteer. Yale Bowl Volunteers commit to shorter shifts during event day. Please note Road Crew Volunteers are required to attend one of the MANDATORY Road Crew Meetings at Pre-Ride on Thursday, September 10th or Friday, September 11 at 5:30pm. We will send details for meetings closer to the Ride.

Route Medical Team: 
  • Made up of a variety of medical professionals, including RNs, MDs, EMTs and paramedics.
  • Provides First Aid medical support at each of the rest stops.
  • Will manage emergency situations that arise until local emergency medical services arrive on the scene.
  • Must provide license/certification and proof of insurance.
Bike Marshal Team:
  • Rides one of four courses ensuring cyclist safety and providing cautionary information.
  • Provides general inspiration to help riders achieve their goal distance.
  • Must be experienced in leading groups and must have basic knowledge of road bike fixes.
  • May be available throughout the season to assist with training rides.
  • Must ride their own bike and wear an ANSI or SNELL certified helmet.
Bike Transport Team:  
  • Drives rest stop to rest stop and transports bikes for Riders who could not finish the day back to the start/finish site.
  • Must be comfortable driving 15’-24’ box truck.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
Bus Liaison Team:
  • Small team of people, each assigned to ride one of our support buses along the route.
  • Buses transport Riders from rest stops to the start/finish site, once the Rider has determined they cannot complete the day’s route.
  • Assist bus driver hired to transport participants by acting as navigator and communications assistant.
  • Provide moral support for Riders who are disheartened by their inability to complete the route.
  • Must be able to lift 10-20lbs.
Caboose Assistant:
  • Drive with Ride Staff to follow last Rider on each course and offer assistance where needed. 
  • Always remain behind the last Rider on each course.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Drive an official event vehicle (no personal vehicles allowed).
  • Must be able to lift 20lbs.
Motorcycle Safety Team:
  • Works with staff and local law enforcement to guarantee safe passage for riders during the event. 
  • Assists at difficult intersections and other locations as requested.
  • Team members direct riders only and in no way direct vehicle traffic.
  • Team members must provide their own motorcycle and helmet and have a valid motorcycle license and insurance.
Rest Stop Teams: 
  • Manage set up, food distribution and traffic control at a designated rest stop location along the ride route.
Route Closure Assistant:
  • Drive with Route Closure Staff and work with Rest Stop teams to close rest stops according to schedule.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Drive an official event vehicle (no personal vehicles allowed).
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs.
Sweep Team:
  • Drives official event vans and picks up riders and their bikes with fatigue, medical or mechanical problems and transports them to the next rest stop along the route.
  • Secure bike to bike rack for transport on the road and removes bike at next rest stop so that rider may continue riding after they’ve had a rest or had a technical issue resolved
  • Drive official event vehicles (no personal vehicles allowed).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to lift 20-30lbs.

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YALE BOWL VOLUNTEERS:
Yale Bowl Volunteers commit to shorter shifts during event day at the start/finish site.

Bike Parking:
  • Maintain bike parking racks at the start/finish site.
  • Set up & maintain water and sports drink for Riders to fill their water bottles prior to ride out and during the finish line festival
  • Provide security over bikes while participants are registering or enjoying the finish line festival.
  • Counts Riders as they return from the route.
  • Works closely with dispatch to report total numbers.
  • Serve as cheerleaders, welcoming Riders in from the route.
  • Lift up to 20lbs
My Ride Button/My Town Sticker Distribution:
  • Hand out My Ride Buttons to Riders based on the number of years they have participated
  • Make My Town Stickers available for Riders to write in their home town to be displayed on their person on Ride Day
  • Oversee the signing of the Closer to Free Ride Bike by handing markers to Riders to sign free space on the bike
  • Keep table neat and re-supplied
  • Lift up to 20lbs
Break Down Team:
  • Assist in the break down of all event elements after the close of the finish line festival.
  • Ensures that site is left cleaner than when the Ride arrived on site.
  • Must be able to lift 20-30lbs.
Food & Beverage Team:
  • Maintain the food, beverage and beer tent areas at the finish line festival.
  • No cooking or prep required.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs.
Gear Check Team:
  • Manage the collection and distribution of Rider and Volunteer personal items at the start/finish site.
  • Provides security at Gear Check Tent, however not personally responsible for items lost or missing.
  • Must be able to lift 10-20lbs.
Jersey/Water Bottle Distribution Team:
  • Distribute Rider jersey’s and water bottles to participants displaying official event wristband
  • Reference Rider Report for requested jersey size and check off name when distributed
  • Keep area stocked, neat and organized
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
Kid Zone:
  • Assist with sign making and other arts and crafts.
  • Monitor the area and keep free of hazards.
Massage/Physical Therapy Team:
  • Provides essential massage/physical therapy services at the start/finish site.
  • Ideally massage and physical therapists will be experienced in sports massage.
  • Massage therapists required to provide their own massage table.
  • Must provide license/certification and proof of insurance.
Medical Team:
  • Made up of a variety of medical professionals, including RNs, MDs, EMTs and paramedics.
  • Provides First Aid medical support at the start/finish site.
  • Will manage emergency situations that arise until local emergency medical services arrive on the scene.
  • Must provide license/certification and proof of insurance.
Merchandise Team:
  • Supports the merchandise store
  • Loads and unloads merchandise.
  • Sets up and breaks down display materials and equipment.
  • Restocks merchandise.
  • Interacts with participants and the public.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs
Check In/Registration Team:
  • Check-in and register Riders for the event
  • Collect donations.
  • Distribute wristbands and bike frame labels
  • Must be computer savvy
  • Lift up to 10lbs
2021 Registration Team:
  • Pre-register Riders for the 2021 Ride.
Set Up:
  • Assist in the set up of registration, opening ceremony and finish line festival.
  • Distribute tables, chairs, and table covers.
  • Distribute trash & recycling bins and liners.
  • Must be able to lift 20-30lbs.
Smilow Cheer:
  • Cheer on the Riders as they pass by Smilow Cancer Hospital
Traffic & Safety:
  • Maintains safe traffic flow at the start/finish location.
  • Manages vehicle parking area and directs vehicles to designated parking areas.
  • Checks in vehicles, allowing only those that are permitted to be on site with the event.
  • Requires standing for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs.
Volunteer Check In/Help Desk:
  • Check in all registered volunteers.
  • Provide any event supplies before deploying volunteers to their assignment
  • Hand out schedules/answer any questions pertaining to Ride Day
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
Yale Bowl Cheer:
  • Cheer the Riders at the Start/Finish Line