Amgen Tour Seeking Volunteers For 2009 Tour Of California
Annual bike race looking for workers with special skills, time to donate.
Organizers for the 2009 Amgen Tour of
announced that volunteer opportunities for the popular professional cycling
road race are now posted online at the official race Web site, www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Volunteers looking for an opportunity to participate in the
fourth-annual race can apply online for positions, including course marshal,
security, media relations and medical control.
Already considered cycling’s most important and successful
road race in the
the 2009 Amgen Tour of
will be expanded to cover more than 800 miles over nine days. The event’s
fourth running is scheduled for
the race will begin in the state’s capital,
and end in
for the first time.
"Volunteers are essential to the success of the Amgen
Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, presenter of the race. "The
support of the communities we travel through has been vital in making the Amgen
Tour of California the most successful cycling race in the United States, and
with the expanded route in 2009, volunteers will be more important than ever.
It is a great way to take part in an event that will capture the attention of
local communities and the world."
More than 4,500 volunteers in communities throughout the
state participated in last year’s race, making it seamless and successful from
start to finish, and establishing it as the largest sporting event in the state
of California. In each of the start and finish cities, as many as 350
local volunteers were recruited to help staff the race.
The majority of volunteers are needed to serve as course marshals,
providing support for the 75 professional course marshals that travel with the
tour and support the local law enforcement authorities in each city.
Course marshal volunteers have an opportunity to be on the race route, close to
the cyclists, with responsibility for monitoring pedestrian traffic, barricades
and street closures.
Volunteer positions for the 2009 Amgen Tour of
Local Stage Course Marshal – Assigned a designated area
along the race course to assist with the coordination and safety of the field
Media – Assist media operations staff, including
distribution of media credentials, general media Q&A, office set-up, etc.
Medical Control – Escort athletes to and from medical tent
for post-race testing
Security – Assist security staff with access-control,
including on-course, hospitality, awards, green room and press conference
Site Decoration/Restoration – Assist logistics crew with
hanging and tear-down of event decor
Lifestyle Festival EXPO – Assist lifestyle festival staff
with expo coordination
Sweepstakes Surveyor – Help ensure lifestyle festival
attendees are aware of the official sweepstakes
Volunteer Check-in – Assist Local Organizing Committee
volunteer coordinator with set-up, check-in/registration and deployment
Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an
adult. The online sign-up form offers volunteers the opportunity to rank
their top-three job preferences, and every attempt is made to match volunteers
to their area of interest. Shortly after filling out the online form,
volunteers will be contacted by the local organizing committee for further
Dates of the 2009 Amgen Tour of
Stage 1: Saturday, Feb. 14 –
Stage 2: Sunday, Feb. 15 –
Stage 3: Monday, Feb. 16 –
Stage 4: Tuesday, Feb. 17 –
Stage 5: Wednesday, Feb. 18 –
Stage 6: Thursday, Feb. 19 –
to Paso Robles
Stage 7: Friday, Feb. 20 – Solvang (individual time trial)
Stage 8: Saturday, Feb. 21 – Santa Clarita to
Stage 9: Sunday, Feb. 22 – Rancho Bernardo to
For additional information on volunteering for the 2009
Amgen Tour of