What better way to have a front row seat than to be one of the course marshals during this year’s USA Cycling events, set for June 21-24 in Knoxville?
Kim Bumpas of Visit Knoxville says, “it’s awesome to be at your spot and see the whole pack come racing by and the course marshals play a really important role for us because that’s how we keep everybody safe.”
Course marshals will work with event staff to manage traffic and crowd control on the course, make sure riders are kept safe from elements outside of the race course, and not be afraid to stand up for the cause.
“The main thing is,” Bumpas says, “the course marshals need to stay where they’re positioned because they’re there to educate people that are walking by, people on a bike, people in a car. You’re there for a very important job to say, ‘Hey, this is a crazy race. So when the pace car comes, you need to stand here with me or get out of the way.'”
Bumpas says many course marshals last year had no cycling background, and most have signed up again to come back this year after falling in love with the sport.
Bumpas says volunteers are needed not only for course marshal positions but also for safety crew.
Onsite training is provided, volunteers will also get a free t-shirt.
The 2018 U.S. Pro Road, Time Trial & Criterium National Championships are June 21-24th. To register as a volunteer, click here.