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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.

Please note at this time our event locations (Start/Finish, Rest Stops and Routes) are being finalized. We will update this page and all registered Volunteers and Riders as soon as we have all approvals.

CLOSER TO FREE RIDE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer opportunities are available to support the Pre-Ride check in, at our Start/Finish Line and on the Ride route (Road Crew). See below for a complete list of roles and if you’re under the age of 16, please contact us at [email protected] or 203.200.CTFR (2837) to discuss volunteer opportunities. 

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VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTIONS

Pre-Ride Volunteers support our Rider check-in day on Friday, September 10th.

Check-In/Registration Team

Responsibilities: Check-in and register Riders for the event. Collect donations. Distribute wristbands and bike frame labels. Must be computer and tablet savvy. Must lift up to 10lbs.

Volunteer Check-In/Help Desk Team

Responsibilities: 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. Must be comfortable standing for long periods of time. Must be able to lift up to 20lbs.

Merchandise Team

Responsibilities: 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 Distribution Team

Responsibilities: Distribute Rider jerseys 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. Must be able to lift up to 20lbs.

Photo Op Team

Responsibilities: 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 Team

Responsibilities: Hand out My Ride Buttons and My Town Stickers to Riders. Keep table neat and resupplied. Must be able to lift up to 20lbs.

Overnight Bike Parking Team ** This position is located at our Start/Finish Line

Responsibilities: 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 30lbs.

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Start/Finish Line volunteers commit to work various shift during the event day at the Start/Finish Line.

Bike Parking Team

Responsibilities: 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. Must be able to lift up to 30lbs.

Break Down Team

Responsibilities: 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.

Check-In/Registration Team

Responsibilities: Check-in and register Riders for the event. Collect donations. Distribute wristbands and bike frame labels. Must be computer and tablet savvy. Must be able to lift up to 10lbs.

Food & Beverage Team

Responsibilities: 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

Responsibilities: 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 Distribution Team

Responsibilities: Distribute Rider jerseys 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. Must be able to lift up to 20lbs.

Medical Team

Responsibilities: 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

Responsibilities: 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.

My Ride Button/My Town Sticker Distribution

Responsibilities: Hand out My Ride Buttons and My Town Stickers to Riders. Keep table neat and resupplied. 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. Must be able to lift up to 20lbs.

Set-Up Team

Responsibilities: 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 Team

Responsibilities: Cheer on the Riders as they pass by Smilow Cancer Hospital. *This position is located along the route. 

Start/Finish Line Cheer Team

Responsibilities: Cheer the Riders at the Start/Finish Line. Should be comfortable standing and cheering for long periods of time. The Riders count on your support!

Traffic & Safety

Responsibilities: 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 Team

Responsibilities: 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.  Must be able to lift up to 20lbs

2022 Registration Team

Responsibilities: Pre-register Riders for the 2022 Ride. Must be computer and tablet savvy. Must be able to lift up to 10lbs.

Register to Volunteer

If you’re able to commit to the entire Ride Day and are 18 or older, you are welcome to register as a Road Crew Volunteer. Start/Finish Line 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 on Thursday, September 9th 5:30 pm or Friday, September 10th at 5:30 pm. We will send details for all meetings closer to the Ride.

Bike Marshal Team

Responsibilities: Rides along 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. Optionally available to assist throughout the season with training rides. Must ride their own bike and wear an ANSI or SNELL certified helmet.

Bike Transport Team

Responsibilities: Drives from 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

Responsibilities:  Will ride on 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 may be disheartened by their inability to complete the route. Must be able to lift 10-20lbs.

Caboose Assistant

Responsibilities: Drive Ride Staff and follow the 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

Responsibilities: 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

Responsibilities: Manage set up, food distribution and traffic control at a designated rest stop location along the ride route. 

Route Closure Assistant

Responsibilities: 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.

Route Medical Team

Responsibilities: 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.

Sweep Team

Responsibilities: 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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