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fall is here . . . can you volunteer?

September 18, 2011

It’s that time of year again. Mornings are crisp. Gardeners are throwing sheets over their plants to fend off possible overnight frost damage. Farmers market vendors are stocking apples and pumpkins. Fall is here!

Fall is my favorite season. The cool weather gives me energy and makes me want to frolic. I realize that the coming of colder weather makes other people want to run to warmer climates.

Those of us on both ends of the “fall fondness” spectrum could thus have something in common: the WNCC Foundation Fall Frolic 5K walk/run, 10K run and relay and kids’ race on the Scottsbluff WNCC campus October 15. (A link to the website and registration is here. A link to my post about last year’s event is here.)

You can come frolic, or you can just run. If you don’t want to do either, how about volunteering for the event?

This is only the second year of the Fall Frolic, and plans are in the works to develop the WNCC Foundation race series into a Pretty Big Deal that will draw in runners from all over. To make that happen, community support is vital, not just from sponsors and folks signing up to participate in the event, but from committed volunteers as well.

More than 50 volunteers will be needed to make this year’s event a success. The number of volunteers needed next year may climb to 200!

Below are some of the roles that still need to be filled for this year’s event. If you can spare a few hours, your help will be greatly appreciated. If you can grab friends or family members to be your work buddies, even better!

Volunteers will get a free Fall Frolic t-shirt (with the cool Fall Frolic tree logo on it), which can be picked up along with instructions during the volunteer training session on Oct. 6th at 5:30 p.m. (location to be determined). If you can help, contact race director Dayle Wallien at 308-630-6551 or

Here are some specific volunteer needs:

  • Before the race: flyer distribution – going on NOW! If you work at or frequent a business that doesn’t have a Fall Frolic flyer up yet, help us spread the word. Flyers can be picked up at the Harms Advanced Technology Center – just south across the street from the WNCC Scottsbluff campus.
  • Before the race: neighbor notification Sept. 30 through Oct. 10. Help distribute flyers to homes along the Fall Frolic route.
  • Before the race: goody bag stuffing October 13th at 2:00 p.m. – HATC. Help assemble the packets of fun items that pre-registered participants receive.
  • Oct. 23 Race day: registration and packet pick-up 7:30 to 9/10 a.m. Help register runners and pass out goody bags, timing chips and t-shirts.
  • Oct. 23 Race day: finish line assistants 9 to 10:30 a.m. Help runners remove timing chips, distribute post-race refreshments.
  • Oct. 23 Race Day – Relay runner drivers 8:15 to 9 a.m. Need relay drivers with suburbans or mini-vans and valid drivers license and insurance to shuttle the relay teams to their starting points.
  • Oct. 23 Race Day – Course marshalls 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Direct runners at turns on the course and cheer them on.
  • Oct. 23 Race day – water and food station masters 8 to 10:30 a.m. Set up and staff one of two water stations along the course or the finish line refreshment station.
  • Oct. 23 race day – Kids’ race assistants 10 to 10:40 a.m.
  • Oct. 23 race day – Cleanup crew 10:30 a.m. to about noon. Help tidy up and pack away the supplies.
  • Oct. 23 Race day – yard party cheering sections 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. If you live along the course, host a yard party brunch for your friends and neighbors and cheer for the runners as they go by. (This kind of hospitality really makes a race well-known!)

This will be a very fun event – especially if the costume contest angle continues to grow. Even though Bugman and I were not in the contest last year because we were volunteering (only race participants can enter the costume contest), we still wore costumes.

We had a couples theme of "things you feed quaters to." I was a gumball machine. He was a parking meter.

This year, the costume contest categories will be: best costume, best costumed duo, best costumed relay team and best under-12 costume.

If you can help grow this community event to support students through the WNCC Foundation, give a holla!

Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2011 4:08 pm

    I’ll be at an AAUW event that day–got the post card though–looks great!


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