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Join Us On The Comeback Trail

In 2016 we launched the Comeback Trail Series. For the first time, the stroke community had an opportunity to come together to raise stroke awareness and celebrate survivorship by walking or running together on the Comeback Trail. In 2017, the series will include four additional cities.

At each Comeback Trail location, we are looking for volunteers to help in several areas. Below you will find a description of each volunteer opportunity. While you will be assigned one main area of responsibility, these events are a true team effort and you will likely end up helping in a few different areas throughout the event.  

Interested? Let us know!

Let us know you are interested in joining us on the Comeback Trail by filling out a volunteer application

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Please note:  all volunteer opportunities will take place at the following locations listed below.

  • Saturday, April 22:  Washington D.C.
    • 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Mall
  • Saturday, May 6:  Nashville, TN
    • 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Long Hunter State Park
  • Sunday, May 21:  Littleton, CO
    • 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hudson Gardens
  • Saturday, June 3:  Chicago, IL
    • 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DuSable Harbor on Lakefront Trail
  • Saturday, Oct. 21:  Wantagh, NY
    • 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jones Beach State Park
  • Saturday, Nov. 11:  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Esplanade Plaza

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Starting Line Set-up

Assist with preparing the starting line and course for the Comeback Trail.  Roles may include setting up start and finish lines, placing cones and course markers along the course, and setting up Vendor Village.

Way Finding

Greet participants and provide general directions to the start line, packet pick-up and registration, restrooms, etc.

Morning Packet Pick-up

Help us hand out race packets on the big day. You will be greeting participants, confirming registration, confirming that each participant received the correct bib number and race packet, and answering general questions about the event.

Water Station

Water station volunteers provide support to participants along the course.  Each water station will have a captain who will assign you your specific job during your shift. In general, water station volunteers will  be responsible for set-up and preparation of supplies prior to first runner arriving at your station, distributing water and sports drink to participants during the event, and the clean-up and tear down of the stop when directed by the aide station caption.  You are also there to provide support, encouragement and cheer all participants along the course.

Finish Line Course Marshal

Ensure that participants have a positive and safe race experience by keeping the finish line clear of spectators and other participants, keep the flow of traffic moving forward after the finish line, and provide direction to photos, food, etc.

Finish Line Participant Support

Provide support and assistance to finishers including serving post-race food and drinks, hand out any post-race swag, assist finishers needing medical attention, keep finish line area clear of spectators, and direct finishers toward the Vendor Village.

Post Event Tear Down

Assist with post-event tear down and clean up including removing cones and barriers, packing cars, trash and recycling removal and other duties as required by the specific venue.

Awareness Table Support

We will have our own booth set up in Vendor Village to raise awareness for stroke. Help us distribute educational materials and help inform the public on both the signs and symptoms of stroke as well as risk factors. 

Questions?

Interested in getting involved, but not sure if any of these positions are the right fit for you? Contact us and let us know how you’d like to get involved and we’ll work with you to find the best fit. 

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