Once again, a group of us are leading the swim safety effort for the Triathlon, the name in the past was Danskin and then Trek, now it is Athleta Iron Girl, same geat people putting it on.
I will need about 35 volunteers to cover the swim portion of the course. I can provide kayaks and equipment for about 30 of our volunteers. We function as encouragement and rest platforms for the swimmers, many of whom are doing their first triathlon.
We typically meet at the swim start at Stan Sayres pits across from Genessee Park (north of Seward Park) on Lake Washington at 5:45-6am, spend 20 minutes going over what each of us needs to do and then support the race for about 3-4 hours. We are primarily responsible for monitoring the edges of the course, chasing down wayward swimmers that think a loop of Mercer Island is part of the course ;-) and providing a rest bouy (our boat) to tired swimmers. We also provide encouragement as well as transport some swimmers back to shore when requested. Danskin has divers and medical professionals on several larger boats that handle a bigger emergency. The exact details will be sent to you as city permit requirements get flowed down to the schedule. So come join us and help out, in addition to feeling good about your contribution, you'll meet some great people, have some coffee and bagels and even get a volunteer T shirt.
Link to volunteer website :
It's a good idea to sign up on their site so that you get a parking pass, volunteer T shirt and all the cool stuff they hand out, you can also save driving and carpool in with me.
I will do the Saul morning bus route to pick people up on my way, so it may not be a big deal.
Signing up on the Athleta site makes parking permits, food, coffee and T shirts much easier. Please make sure you get signed up on the Athleta site, that way you get your T shirt, your parking pass and your breakfast food ;-)
www.irongirl.com/Events/Seattle/Volunteer Parking permits are being sent to those of you that registered on the Athleta site, others should carpool with me.
Saul "bus" schedule for those of you wanting to be picked up on the way:
- Saul's house - 4:45am - Jimmy
- Ballinger Starbucks 5:00am
- Lake City at 121st Starbucks 5:10am - Carrie Carlstead
- In front of Husky Stadium on the West side of the road at the intersection of 25th and Pacific 5:20am-
- Lake Washington Boulevard and Madison Street (near Arboreteum) 5:30am -
- Arrive at Genesee Park 5:40am.
I drive Lake City Way to 25th then past Husky stadium to the arboreteum and on the the park. I have room for 5 more people in my vehicle, so shoot me an email with your cell phone number if you need a ride and we'll work out details.
I am bringing kayaks for the following people (I have more kayaks so let me know if you need me to bring one for you)
April Michael Z Bob Bob's guest Kevin Steve R Eric S Dan Lewis L Mellissa I will likely bring about 10 single kayaks and the rest will be tandems.
I will also bring a big pump carafe of coffee and the race director will provide more coffe and lots of bagels, yes their is a reward for getting up so early ;-)