Volunteering

I can’t run but would like to volunteer. How can I do that?

Volunteers play a critically important role in the success of the Blue Nose Weekend and we are privileged to have such outstanding civic and community support for such a big time, world class event. We’ll need lots of helpers from registration to crowd control. If you can assist in any way, please check the Volunteer section to view a list of available positions. We expect we’ll require 1,500 volunteers to ensure a smooth operation.

Where do I go on race weekend?

Upon arrival for your shift, please sign in at the Volunteer Centre . It is critical that we know you have arrived.  This includes start/finish line volunteers as well.

If you are a race course sector volunteer please report to your Sector Leader on the course where you will be given your volunteer t-shirt and a safety vest, if needed.

Where can I pick up my Volunteer T-shirt?

When you sign in at the Volunteer Centre you will be given your t-shirt. Course sector volunteers will pick up their t-shirt at their sector.

When is the Volunteer Centre open?

Thursday, June 6 – 7 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, June 7 – 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 8 – 6:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday, June 9 – 5:30 am to 2:00 pm
*Hours are subject to change, final details will be emailed to all volunteers prior to race weekend.

If for some reason I need to change or cancel the shift I signed up for, who do I contact?

Please contact your Volunteer Coordinator as outlined in your confirmation email or reach out to volunteer@bluenosemarathon.com

I forget what job(s) and shift(s) I am volunteering for. How can I find that out?

Visit the Blue Nose Marathon volunteer website and click on “Volunteers”. Our registration software allows you to email your assignments back to yourself by selecting the “Already Volunteering? Check your status” button.

Am I guaranteed to be working the position I signed up for?

In most cases, yes. We try our very best to ensure that you do indeed work in the role that you had signed up for.  However, there may be times where specific positions may be understaffed and you may be asked to lend a helping hand in another position. As always, we appreciate your cooperation and willingness to help during Blue Nose Weekend. (And who knows, maybe you’ll end up liking your new role better!)

What’s the best way to travel on race weekend?

During race weekend parking downtown will be very limited and due to road closures, traffic may be congested at times. We suggest carpooling or using Halifax transit if at all possible.

Our friends at Halifax Transit will provide complimentary bus and ferry services to all volunteers and race participants wearing a bib or using a volunteer transit pass. Volunteers are encouraged to utilize this to get to and from their shifts during race weekend.

Where can I pick-up my transit pass?

During race weekend, Volunteers may use their volunteer bibs to ride Halifax Transit free of charge. These can be picked up at the Volunteer Centre upon check in. Please note bibs are non-transferrable and are valid from Friday, May 18th to Sunday, May 20th 2018.

I plan on biking to the event. Is there safe storage for my bike?

You may check your bike in at the bag check area in the Scotiabank Centre.

Will there be a place to store my belongings?

Yes, for volunteers working within the venue there will be a secure area at the Volunteer Centre. Please bring only one bag for storage as space is limited. Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon however is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

What are the benefits of volunteering with the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon?

The atmosphere at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon is incredibly unique. After volunteering, you will walk away from the event feeling not only happy for contributing, but inspired in a variety of capacities. Throughout the weekend runners and spectators will stop and thank you and you will receive recognition in more ways than you could ever imagine, but what will resonate is the pride you feel for taking part in the most anticipated community and family event of the year; the pride you feel for seeing the event come together thanks to the efforts of you and more than 1,500 other volunteers.

Aside from that,  in exchange for your time you will receive a commemorative Blue Nose Volunteer t-shirt, free transportation to and from the event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday via Halifax Transit and a Certificate of Achievement for your records. It’s a fantastic time!

What should I wear while volunteering?

Each volunteer will receive a Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon t-shirt to be worn during the event.

In addition, all volunteers working outside in the Red Zone are required to wear an event provided SAFETY VEST. Please ensure you wear this on top of your clothing. This makes YOU more visible to motorists and easily identifiable by participants, spectators, and fellow volunteers.

Most importantly, WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR! (And dress in layers! The weather is unpredictable!)

Will food be provided during my shift?

The Volunteer Centre will be stocked with yummy snacks and drinks for easy access during your shifts. Volunteers who work more than 6 hours will receive a meal, more details on this will be available closer to race weekend.

Race course volunteers will also find food and beverages within their sector.

Is there an area where volunteers can hang out?

Absolutely! The Volunteer Centre is available for our Giv’er Crew to hang out, mingle with other volunteers and grab some refreshments. This is also where you would pick up your volunteer t-shirt and volunteer bib before your shift. The location of the Volunteer Centre will be known once we have finalized our floor plan at our new venue for 2018.

If I have any questions leading up to Blue Nose weekend, who can I contact?

Your Volunteer Coordinator’s information can be found in the email confirmation you received after signing up. If you cannot reach your Coordinator, send an email to volunteer@bluenosemarathon.com.