Course Roles & Responsibilities

Volunteer working at a drink station

The course covers 42km of road throughout Sydney with volunteers posted at various locations including;

  • Course North – Milson’s Point, Alfred St south up to the Harbour Bridge

  • Course Central - Sydney CBD

  • Course West – Pyrmont & Darling Harbour

  • Course South – Anzac Pde, Moore Park and Centennial Park

Course work-teams are made up of Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders, 2ICs and Crew along with various other Event Staff who all support one another to deliver an excellent event to all participants. As a Course Volunteer you will have the choice between Course North, Central, South & West and the roles that are available at those locations; Drink Station Crews and Course Marshal Crews. 

Drink Stations:

There are 18 Drink Stations located around the course, some catering for race specific participants and some catering for all race participants. The Drink Stations are classified as either a Water Station or a Personal Refreshment Station. A Personal Refreshment Station provides water as well as Powerade, GU Energy Gels and Elite athletes personal drinks.

Each Drink Station is made up of a team of people:

  • Drink Station Manager (Event Staff)
  • Team Leader (Volunteer)
  • 2IC (Volunteer)
  • Crew (Volunteer)

Drink Station Team Leader (DS-TL):

This role requires pre-event and event day commitment and is suitable for people with previous TL and event day experience who wish to take on an increased level of responsibility.

The Drink Station (DS) Team Leader’s (TL) role is to work with the DS Manager and coordinate and instruct crew members to successfully set up, operate & clean up the assigned DS. The TL will act as the first point of contact for providing operational information to crew members and will be required to lead the DS volunteer crew and provide drinks/refreshments from the first to the last participant on the day.

You will also assist the Volunteer Manager pre-event by calling your Drink Station Crew to confirm their attendance and answer any last minute questions they may have about the day.

You must also be available to attend a mandatory evening training/briefing session prior to event day to gain further information about your role & responsibilities as a TL. (Training session - TBC)

Drink Station 2nd in Charge (DS-2IC):

This role requires you to check-in and provide support for the DS Crew & Course Marshal Crew (CM), where required. The 2IC works closely with the DS TL and DS Manager at each station, as well as liaising with the DS Event Coordinator via radio about numbers and overall operations. The 2IC will assist with the DS Crew & CM deployment & distribution of Volunteer T-shirts, Caps & snack packs.

You must also be available to attend a mandatory evening training/briefing session prior to the event day to gain further information about your role & responsibilities as a 2IC. (Training session - TBC)

Drink Station Crew (DS-C):

The DS Crew are the ‘engine’ of the station and are there to ‘make it work’, set-up, operate and clean up the water or Personal Refreshment Drink Station. Crew will provide water and/or refreshment drinks to all runners as they pass. As a crew member you will be supported by the DS Manager, TL & 2IC.

Course Marshals:

The Course Marshals are located around the 42km course within the 4 areas outlined. Each area is then split into numerous sectors for a small team of Course Marshalls who will ensure the area is set-up correctly, maintained and also to provide directional assistance and encouragement to participants.

Each Zone is made up of multiple Sector Teams including:

  • Course Zone Supervisor (Event Staff)
  • Course Zone Supervisor Assistant (Event Staff)
  • Course Zone Workforce Support (Volunteer)
  • Course Sector Team Leader (Volunteer)
  • Course Marshall / Course Crew (Volunteer)

Course Sector Team Leader (CS-TL):

This role requires pre-event and event day commitment and is suitable for people with previous TL and event day experience who wish to take on an increased level of responsibility.

The Course Sector Team Leader is a very important position along the course. The TL is required to help the Course Area Supervisor Assistant in deploying the Course Marshals to key locations along the course and provide specific information to the Course Crew about their job specific to that point.

You must be available to attend a mandatory evening training/briefing session prior to the event day to gain further information about your role & responsibilities as a TL. You will also assist the Volunteer Manager pre-event by calling your Course Marshal Crew to confirm their attendance and answer any last minute questions they may have about the day. (Training session - TBC)

Course Marshal Crew (CM-C):

The Course Marshal Crew are to follow the instructions from their TL or Supervisor. The CM’s job varies depending on the exact work location and environment. The CMs will help the TL set-up, operate and maintain the sector. You will also provide directional assistance and encouragement to participants. Crew will also need to ensure their immediate area is clean and free of obstacles.

You are invited to attend a recommended evening training/briefing session prior to event day to gain further information about your role & responsibilities.

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