MEN’S HEALTH SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
2017 volunteers website
THE WORLD’S BIGGEST URBAN OBSTACLE COURSE RACE IS BACK FOR ANOTHER MASSIVE OUTING IN 2016. WE’RE BRINGING OUR FAST PACED 10K COURSES TO 5 MAJOR UK CITY CENTRES.
Being a #RatRacer event crew member is no small deal, we know it’s a long old shift so we’re offering awesome Volunteer packages to help you get the most out of the day. Choose from one of our 3 awesome packages!
Why Volunteer for a Rat Race Event
- Improve the experience for participants. Your support makes a real difference.
- Save money on event entry with our Race-for-a-Tenner and event discount packages.
- Meet awesome folk.
- Be part of a team and see the operation of a live participation event.
- Get a taste of what the event is all about and be inspired to have a go.
- Receive a thank you and a contribution to your expenses through race discounts or quality kit.
- Be part of an event run by both Rat Race and Men’s Health, the UK’s best-selling men’s magazine
“I volunteered at Men’s health survival of the fittest London and had a great day and a great race! I am looking at volunteering next year.” Mitchell
“Thanks for a fantastic event yesterday in Edinburgh. We’re still buzzing (despite the aches!) can’t wait to do it all again next year!” Elaine
“Hi Rat Race, I just wanted to say that I had a really good time on Saturday, I haven’t been on registration before. If anything else comes up in the future then I’d love to help again.” Lucille
Marshals volunteering on the course or in the event village zone pay a £10 deposit when signing up, which is redeemed when signing out of your shift. ‘Race for a tenner’ is slightly different as you are actually racing the race for £10 rather than paying a deposit.
Why do we levy a deposit?
Volunteers are an integral part of our event safety system and as such, we like to know we can count on people turning up so we can resource accordingly. Experience has shown that a deposit system increases the likelihood of having a full staffing roster come the day and therefore enhancing the quality of the event and its safety, for all concerned. Please remember, this is NOT a charge and is fully refundable when you finish your shift.
We aim to respond to all applications within 3 working days of receiving your form, (working days Mon-Fri)
CHOOSE FROM THREE VOLUNTEER PACKAGES
1. Course Marshal
You will be based around the course and it’s your support that will carry the #RatRacers forward. You will be part of a team manning an obstacle, encouraging our runners and keeping an eye out for any health & safety issues that may arise (you will be briefed for what to look out for). Be loud, be cheerful and create a supportive and exciting atmosphere! You will be providing instructions and reassurance to participants and giving the organisers any feedback. You will receive your £10 deposit back when signing out of your shift.
Kit Package A for 2016
- #Ratracer Rag
- Rat Race Crew 2016 Hoodie
- Rat Race Crew Tee
- Rat Hat Beanie
- Rat Race Crew Pass with Lanyard & Whistle
- Rat Pack with water bladder so you can keep your hands free, carry your event kit and stay hydrated
- Hi Visibility Rat Race vest (to be returned)
Kit Package B for 2016
- Rat Robe
Shift timings will vary depending on the city you have chosen.
Edinburgh // Manchester
You will arrive on site for approximately, 07:00 ready to sign in and be briefed ready to be taken to your allocated position. Your shift will end at approximately 15:00 when the last person has passed through your allocated area and you have been stood down by a member of the management team. You should go back to the volunteer tent to sign out of your shift, receive your benefit package and your £10 deposit.
2. Event Village Zone Crew
Located near to the event centre you will be either setting participants off, or giving them encouragement to get over the final obstacles. Volunteering in the Event village zone will give you discount to a Rat Race event of your choice. The shift timings vary depending on which area you are allocated too. Please note, whilst we will try to accommodate your choice of area, by applying for event village duties you agree to be allocated to any of the areas according to operational requirements. You will receive your £10 deposit back when signing out of your shift and your discount code will be emailed the week after the event.
You can choose one of the following discount codes:
90% off ONE of: a Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest event, London Rat Race, Stockton River Rat Race, Mighty Deerstalker, Runstock
50% off Dirty Weekend, Man Vs Mountain, Man Vs Lakes, The Wall, City to Summit
33% off The Crossing, Coast to Coast
Shift timings will vary depending on the city you have chosen.
Edinburgh // Manchester
You will arrive on site for 08:30 ready to sign in and be briefed ready to be taken to your allocated position. Your shift will end at approximately 15:00 when the last person has passed through your allocated area and your station has been packed down. Positons include: Start Corral, Finish Line, Valuable Storage, obstacles within the event village zone.
3. Race for a Tenner Crew -Now Fully staffed at each city
Meeting and greeting the excited participants, helping them prepare for the challenge ahead, support them on the course or welcome them at the finish – Enter the final wave for only £10.
Race for a Tenner!
Simply do a shift, and run for £10. Please be aware that there is limited availability for this offer.
The £10 payment is taken when entering into the event and not when completing the application form. When your application has been successful, we will contact you your unique entry code to enter the event for only £10.
• Entry into the final wave
• Timing chip
• Race t-shirt
• Rat Rag
• Finisher’s medal
• Goody bag
• Free finishers photo
• Survival Headband
Shift timings will vary depending on the city you have chosen, registration opens 2 hours before the first wave, which will be at 10:00 for every city.
Edinburgh* // Manchester*
You will arrive on site for 07:30 ready to sign in and be briefed ready for registration to open at 08:00. Your shift will end 30 minutes before the final wave, this will leave you plenty of time to get ready to race in the final wave. We will make sure you are registered for the race in plenty of time.
*Race-for-a-tenner is now Full for Edinburgh and Manchester.
YOU MUST BE 16 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. 16 AND 17 YEAR OLDS MUST HAVE A WAIVER SIGNED BY A LEGAL GUARDIAN.
YOU MUST ATTEND THE ENTIRETY OF YOUR SHIFT.
OUR MARSHALS PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE AT OUR EVENTS. IF YOU DON’T SHOW UP, ARRIVE LATE, LEAVE EARLY, OR DON’T UNDERSTAND YOUR ROLE, IT AFFECTS THE EVENT EXPERIENCE OF THOUSANDS OF #RATRACERS AND FELLOW VOLUNTEERS.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Once you have signed up for your shift, all you need to do is arrive on site at your notified briefing time, at which point your duties will be explained to you. Unless you have been notified otherwise you will not be fed before during or after your shift so you should bring with you whatever food and refreshments you require for the duration of your shift.
Water points will be available from the event village and bottled water will be available to those volunteering out on the course to take with them.
It is your responsibility to get yourself to the event village, Rat Race do not fund this. Unless stated otherwise, car parking is NOT included in the volunteer packages. Please plan ahead.
You will receive an email from Rat Race 2 weeks prior to the event with your briefing time and where to go when you arrive on-site. You will need to sign in and out of your shift with our supervisors. You will not receive your chosen package or deposit until the end of your shift. If you do not complete your shift satisfactorily, Rat Race reserves the right to withhold this package.
I understand that, under the Event Terms and Conditions, I have consented to my likeness being used for the transmission of film and/ or photography by the organisers and/ or their agents, including for the purposes of the transmission of footage on TV. I agree that all photography or film that I capture of the event will be for personal use only.
Items or discounts received from Rat Race may be deemed by HMRC as a Benefit in Kind and as such taxable for those who have to pay tax. You are responsible for informing HMRC of all of your taxable income. If you have any concerns about potentially receiving benefits in kind then you are free to return any uniforms or materials and not redeem any volunteer discount codes.