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Volunteer at the Univest Grand Prix

Please become part of the Sparta Cycling Race Team on Saturday, September 17 in Souderton and Sunday, September 18 in Doylestown.

Volunteers get an inside look at one of North America’s top cycling events and help the sport of bicycle racing grow. Volunteers are needed as Course Marshals for the Cyclosportif 60 mile ride throughout Montgomery County countryside, and in Souderton-Telford-Franconia for the race on Saturday and for the Criterium in Doylestown on Sunday. Other volunteer positions are also available. The Volunteer "Thank You" package is enhanced this year with a Univest Grand Prix 2011 commemorative print, a Univest Grand Prix t-short (marshals can turn in their bright yellow Marshal shirt for this shirt), a Penn Foundation water bottle and more!

Volunteering at Univest Grand Prix are an integral part of the success of this event, and it is a great opportunity for groups to get involved in their community. To find out more about get your school, club, team or other group involved, please call Jen King at Penn Foundation, (215) 453-5190.

See descriptions of volunteer positions below.

An informational meeting for marshals will be held the week preceding the race in conjunction with the local police and race promoter at the Penn Foundation at 807 Lawn Avenue, Sellersvile (get directions).

For more information, contact Jen King at the Penn Foundation at tel 215-453-5190.

To volunteer please apply online.

You can also fill out a volunteer application and return it by fax to 267-517-3550 or mail to Jen King, Penn Foundation, 807 Lawn Avenue P.O. Box 32, Sellersville, PA 18960.

Volunteer Position Descriptions - Please read carefully - Format changed for 2011!

COURSE MARSHAL
This is a key post in the overall race promotion. Course Marshals serve as aids to the Police and Fire Police in their control of the race course. Course Marshals are assigned intersections on the race course and are provided with race timetables, event t-shirts, and whistles. Course marshals keep the course clear of pedestrians, spectators, cars, etc. Course Marshals help control traffic as the race approaches, asking motorists to wait about the 3 to 5 minutes needed for the race to pass by, and offering suggestions on alternate routes for the motorists to take. Course Marshals are also a PR Ambassador for the race and can suggest people listen in to race action live on WNPV 1440. Course Marshals are a key part of a safe, successful racing event, and Univest Grand Prix couldn't happen without them!

  • Course Marshal Captains: Course Marshal Captains are Course Marshals who take responsibility for 5-10 intersections and those marshals on race day, ensuring appropriate coverage and communicating with those marshals and with race officials. Captains are needed for the Cyclo and Race on Saturday and the Criterium on Sunday. This is a great way for a volunteer group leader to involve their members!
  • Saturday Assignments:
    Course Marshals are needed for the Cyclosportif Ride, which returns to the 60 mile format through the Montgomery County countryside. Course Marshals for the Cyclo will be in position from 7:00 am - 9:00 am or from 9:00 am - 11 am.
    The Saturday race will now consist of multiple laps of the circuit in Souderton-Franconia-Telford circuit with two shifts: early (from 11:00 am to 1:15 pm) and late (from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. We will provide lunch (t-shirts and whistles too!)
  • Sunday, Doylestown: 10:30am - 2:30pm
    Assignments are for the 1.4-mile Doylestown criterium and marshals are needed on the racecourse between 11:00 a.m. and about 12:50 p.m.

BANNER SET-UP AND TEAR-DOWN
For the early birds! Get to the Start/Finish (Broad and Main Streets - Rt. 113) area by 5:30am on Race Day in Souderton and help zip-tie the banners up onto the fences. You will be finished by 7:30 or so. Feel free to come back at the end of the race at 3:00 p.m. and tear down, but if you have to choose one, please come for set-up.

  • Saturday Setup: 5:30am - 7:30am
  • Saturday Takedown: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Sunday Setup: 7:30am - 10:30am
  • Sunday Takedown: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

REGISTRATION, CYCLOSPORTIF RIDE
An assignment for the early birds! Cyclo Riders can register on Race Day, and volunteers are needed to help with check-in at the registration table from 5:00 am - 8:00 am.

FEED ZONE, CYCLOSPORTIF RIDE
Help the weekend warriors make it through the challenging Cyclosportif ride and raise funds for Penn Foundation. We have a location on the course for riders to refill their water bottles and get some food. We will set up the zones but ask you to staff them, setting out the supplies and keeping the area tidy, for about a two-hour period (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)

ANTI-DOPING CHAPERONE
Escort athletes to and from testing area for post-race testing. These volunteers will be asked to attend a brief training the afternoon of the race and then must be present at the finish line to escort racers.

  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

HOSPITALITY TENT
There are two shifts for volunteers at the Hospitality Tent (9:00 am - noon and noon - 3:00 pm).

  • Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm and 12:00pm - 3:00pm

VOLUNTEER TENT

  • Souderton Volunteer Tent (8:00am-noon or 11:30am-3:00pm)

Volunteers are provided a complimentary box lunch, their UGP Commemorative Print and T-shirt and they can pick up their supplies if they haven't already done so. Volunteers can also gather here to socialize before or after their shift. Volunteers here help set up, distribute lunches and thank you packages, and ensure volunteers know where they are supposed to be and when.