Anyone planning a 5K charity run knows that it takes some effort. Of course, when you’re using SpectaSport, 96% of the pre-event work can be done by one person. Plus, we make things easier on race day with kiosk registration and instant results. But you’ll still need some extra bodies at the event to make sure everything goes safely and smoothly—that’s where your volunteers come in.
Finding a lot of people willing to work for free can be a challenge, though. Luckily, there are some sure-fire ways to find people interested in volunteering in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
How to Find People Volunteering in Philadelphia and Beyond
- Ask People. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Too many race organizers depend on their flyers and race announcements to get volunteers. But more often than not, they end up disappointed. A lot of people won’t volunteer unless they are directly asked. By all means, keep the flyers and make the announcements. But make sure you get out and engage with people. Explain why and when your organization needs volunteer help and then invite them to join the cause.
- Be More Social. Social media is a great place to recruit volunteers. Spread the word about your event and your volunteer needs with tweets and Facebook posts. Create a Facebook event page for your event and then share it with the people in your circle of friends and colleagues (when appropriate).LinkedIn is a great tool for recruiting volunteers. LinkedIn not only allows you to post volunteer descriptions, it lets you accept resumes from people interested in volunteering.
- Enlist the Services of a Matchmaker. Matchmakers aren’t just for finding romance! Much like their name implies, VolunteerMatch is a matchmaker between organizations looking for volunteers and people looking for volunteer opportunities. The site lets you post the volunteer positions you are looking to fill while allowing volunteers to search for events in their area.
SpectaSport Makes Life Easier for You and Your Volunteers
When you use SpectaSport’s services, we not only help your volunteers do a great job, you’ll likely find you won’t need to recruit as many volunteers for your race.
SpectaSport’s data comes with a variety of ways to analyze your finances and marketing, so your event marketing team will be able to better spread the word about your next race.And unlike other companies, SpectaSport doesn’t charge a “ransom fee.” We let you see all of your data long after the race is over.
SpectaSport makes your race registration volunteers’ job a whole lot easier. We create easy online registration pages that are fully integrated with the timing system. And SpectaSport’s registration is fully secure, using RunSignUp, so you won’t have to worry about data breaches.
SpectaSport’s finish line kiosks allow runners to view their results instantly with ease. This means you will need fewer finish line volunteers to help people see their results. And if there is an issue, say a runner accidentally wore a family member’s bib, we can spare your volunteers the headache. With our special technology, even after this kind of mix up runners can still see their results.
SpectaSport makes a race director’s life easier!