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VOLUNTEER INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA'S LONGEST PARTY

THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING (even at 2 am, OUCH!) FROM ORGANS R US (ORU)
The Golden Gate Relay (GGR) supports 125,000 Americans waiting for organ donors by promoting donation. After traveling 3-8 miles, a runner on a team of 12 hands a baton to the next runner symbolizing the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient.

If any runner lives within 50 miles of the course, two volunteers, age 16 or older, must register online by April 15. On a first come basis, volunteers may choose a location (Start, 1-35, Finish). Failure to sign in and fulfill a 4-5 hour shift will result in disqualification of the volunteer's team. Volunteers may also participate without a team affiliation.

TERMS
The GGR course is divided into 36 segments called Legs. Each runner runs three legs. At the end of a leg, the incoming runner hands a baton to the outgoing runner in a Baton Exchange Area on a property called an Exchange. Volunteers manage Exchanges and ensure a safe, fair race by monitoring for rule violations.

Teams divide into two groups with six runners per van. This allows six team members to rest in Resting Vans while Active Vans have runners on the course. Every sixth Exchange (6, 12, 18, 24, 30) is also a Van Exchange. At Van Exchanges, the last runner in one van hands the baton to the first runner in the next van (Runner 6 hands to Runner 7 or Runner 12 hands to Runner 1).

ACTIVE VANS AND RESTING VANS
Active Vans drive ahead of runners to Exchanges to ready outgoing runners. To reduce congestion, only one van per team, the Active Van, may wait for their incoming runner at Exchanges. Active and Resting Vans may park in Van Exchanges. Extra volunteers are assigned to Van Exchanges.

RUNNERS
The race start is staggered over ten hours to spread runners. While waiting for incoming runners, team members may not congregate near Baton Exchange Areas. Only outgoing runners are allowed near Baton Exchange Areas.

SAFETY: Participants must obey the California Vehicle Code
since there are no road closures, traffic control or aid stations. Volunteers may not direct traffic. Course Directors will set up Exchanges with volunteers. Exchange Directors will manage Exchanges. Please follow requests from property owners.

WHERE TO GO. Check your assignment,
arrive on time and sign in. If assigned to Exchange 6, the address is at the end of Leg 6. The outgoing runner receives the baton at Exchange 6 and runs Leg 7 to Exchange 7.

WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO (View rules and safety)
1. Record rule/safety violations on Exchange Records:
    Instruct runners/spectators to remain off roads and away from Baton Exchange Areas.
    Allow only Active Vans to park in Runner Exchanges.
    Request quiet at night near residential areas.
2. Assist drivers into Exchanges to reduce vehicle congestion. If vehicles obstruct road shoulders, runners are forced into traffic.
3. Review final instructions with outgoing runners in Baton Exchange Areas. If possible, drive the course to the next Exchange and communicate obstacles.
4. Clean Exchanges and encourage participants to "Trash the Competition, Not the Course."
5. Accomplish all of the above safely and have fun!
 
   
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