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VOLUNTEER INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA'S LONGEST PARTY

THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING (even at 2 am, OUCH!) FOR ORGANS R US (ORU)
The Golden Gate Relay Walk (GGRW) supports 125,000 Americans waiting for organ donors by promoting donation. After traveling 3-7 miles, a walker on a team of 12 hands a baton to the next walker symbolizing the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient.

If any walker lives within 50 miles of the course, two volunteers, age 16 or older, must register online by April 15. On a first come basis, walk volunteers may choose a location (Start, 1-35, Finish) (includes runner exchanges 1-12). Failure to sign in and fulfill a 4-5 hour shift will result in team disqualification. Volunteers may also participate without a team affiliation.

TERMS
The 125-mile course is divided into 24 segments called Legs. Each walker walks two legs. After each leg, incoming walkers hand batons to outgoing walkers in Baton Exchange Areas on properties called Exchanges. Volunteers manage Exchanges and ensure a safe, fair race by monitoring for rule violations.

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

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

WALKERS
The race start is staggered to spread walkers and runners. While waiting for incoming walkers, team members may not congregate near Baton Exchange Areas. Only outgoing walkers 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 13, the address is at the end of Leg 13. The outgoing walker receives the baton at Exchange 13 and walks Leg 14 to Exchange 14.

WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO (View rules and safety)
1. Record rule/safety violations on Exchange Records:
    Instruct participants/spectators to remain off roads and away from Baton Exchange Areas.
    Allow only Active Vans to park in 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 walkers in Baton Exchange Areas. If possible, drive the course to the next Exchange and communicate problems.
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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