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TdS Report #56: The Volunteers

The Tour de Sol events work because of a herd of volunteers that do myriad of
jobs. Allyson Chase, the Volunteer Coordinator, figures we had about 75
different people this year. The jobs range from marking the routes with signs
to help the teams, setting up and decorating the Starting line site, setting up
and decorating the Finish line site, directing the public to the sites and
site-parking, providing the solar-powered sound system, providing on-site food
for the volunteers, technical testing, data collection, getting people to where
they need to be, making sure all the trash is picked up, making sure all the
hotel reservations are OK, the race jury, and collecting the route signs after
all the vehicles have passed.

Allyson has been the Coordinator for three years, fourth year on the tour. The
volunteers usually have very long days. "Last night I had to lay down, fully
clothed and take two hour a nap before I could clean up and go to bed. Our
first 3 days were very long, 18 hours. On the third day, Washington, in the
afternoon we all got to sit down and be normal people and talk with each

And the key volunteers, like Allyson, are always on call. "Sometimes we get
calls from teams at 11 at night asking where they need to be in the morning."

I has just asked her if she had any interesting stories, but she was needed.

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