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Volunteer at Rat Race!

From city to summit and everywhere in between, Rat Race offers the largest selection of adventure challenges in Britain. As the leading adventure sports company in the UK, we have something for everyone, from setting up the event site, being the first to greet thousands of #Ratracers, cheering them on as they swim, bike, run or crawl around our gruelling courses or putting those hard-earned medal around the necks of #Ratracers as they cross the finish line!

The feedback from Rat Race racers is clear: People love our marshals at our events, and that could be YOU!
This is one of the best ways to find out more about Rat Race, support your friends or family and earn one of our unique volunteer for us benefit packages*.
What are you waiting for?

 

*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 excluded from this.

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.

“The support staff at each of the pit stops were very friendly and helpful.”

“Thank you so much for an amazing day! The volunteers were incredible and so patient. Without them, this couldn’t happen. Thank you!” 

  • 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.

Volunteer Deposit

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).

THERE ARE FOUR VOLUNTEER PACKAGES TO CHOOSE FROM

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. 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.

Kit Package A; COURSE MARSHAL SAFETY AND GOODIE PACK INCLUDES:

  • #Ratracer Rag
  • Rat Race Crew 2016 Hoodie
  • Rat Race Crew Tee
  • Poncho
  • 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)
  • Free Parking*

Kit Package B; COURSE MARSHAL RAT ROBE PACK INCLUDES:

  • Rat Robe
  • Free Parking*

*Parking vouchers are only including at events where Rat Race provide participant parking. At other events you will need to make your own parking/travel arrangements. You will be informed pre-event if parking is included.

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 discounted entry to a Rat Race event of your choice and a free parking voucher*. The shift times for these packages vary depending on when the last person has passed through your allocated area.

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.

Your voucher gets you discount into one event of your choice:

  • 90% off Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest, Mighty Deerstalker, London Rat Race, Stockton River Rat Race, Trailblazer
  • 50% off Man Vs Mountain, Dirty Weekend, The Wall, Man Vs Lakes
  • 33% off The Crossing, Coast to Coast
VIEW OUR HUGE RANGE OF EVENTS HERE

*Parking vouchers are only including at events where Rat Race provide participant parking. At other events you will need to make your own parking/travel arrangements. You will be informed pre-event if parking is included.

3. RACE FOR DISCOUNTED ENTRY

Meeting and greeting the excited participants and helping them prepare for the challenge ahead – Enter the final wave for only £10/£25*

*The discounted entry fee depends on the chosen event.

Simply do a shift at registration, and run for £10/£25. On the endurance events, registration is on the day before, please check to make sure you are available before signing up – you must be able to do the entirety of your shift to receive this package.

The £10/£25 payment is taken when entering into the event and not when completing the application form. We will be in touch when we have received your application with your unique entry code.

What’s included?

You will receive all the perks of a standard entry; see the event website for more details. Please note we are unable to offer free parking in this package. To find out more about shift timings email: staffing@ratrace.com

REQUIREMENTS

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 WHICH MAY INCLUDE A PRE-EVENT ORIENTATION SESSION. OUR MARSHALS PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE AT OUR EVENTS. IF YOU DON’T SHOW UP, ARRIVE LATE OR LEAVE EARLY, IT AFFECTS THE EVENT EXPERIENCE OF THOUSANDS OF #RATRACERS.


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.

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.

Car parking is operated by a third party company, you will need to follow the instructions and timings on your parking voucher to redeem free parking correctly where it has been offered to you. The car parking vouchers are not transferable.

Camping: Where you have free camping you are bound by the terms and conditions of the campsite.

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.

By acceptance of a volunteer role and your presence on site, you are deemed to have accepted Rat Race’s terms and conditions.