Why You Should Volunteer For Ironman NYC


Most amazing thing ever.

Why am I bringing it up, you ask?

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s  Team in Training department is putting together a team of 200 volunteers to man a station at the Ironman U.S. Championship on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in New York City. 

Being the loyal volunteer team co-captain that I am, I’m trying to find as many friends as possible to help. Why? Let me count the ways:

1) Support some UNBELIEVABLE athletes, including our TNT team who have been fundraising and training since, like, January. Or earlier. Do you know what an Ironman is? 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. Wow. DO YOU GUYS UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS?! Think of how much you would appreciate volunteers if you were doing this. I mean, hey, they even apply sunscreen for you. You won’t have to do any sunscreen applying though, don’t worry.

2) Be a part of a world-famous endurance event in New York City. THE endurance event. THE city. Yes.

3) If you feel so inclined, you can gain automatic entry into next year’s Ironman NYC by volunteering this year. You can purchase your entry before the general public. Crucial. It sells out in approximately 10 seconds.

4) Free stuff. All volunteers will receive TNT hats and official volunteer shirts to wear on event day. Who doesn’t love a free t-shirt?

4) Most importantly, LLS receives a grant if we provide at least 200 volunteers…that means more money for cancer research and patient services, bringing us one step closer to a CURE! Can’t argue with that.

Here are the official details courtesy of TNT: 

“We are looking for volunteers to come out and support all of our amazing participants in the Ironman U.S. Championship on Saturday, August 11, 2012 as they swim, bike, and run the race of their lives! Team In Training will be manning an official TNT Aid Station along the race course inside Riverside Park at West 100th Street and Riverside Park, along the Hudson River.  Volunteers will be giving out water and other food and supplies to the athletes, as well as helping keep the area clean.  The Ironman race is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run.”

The volunteer shifts are as follows:

1st shift: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (The beginning portion of this shift will be set-up.) **I’ll be at this shift!

2nd shift: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM (The end portion of this shift will be breakdown and clean-up.)

“As an added bonus for Ironman volunteers, volunteers can register for the 2013 Ironman on Sunday, August 12th during the specific allotted time frame before the general public.  For providing volunteers, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will also receive a grant from The Ironman Foundation that will go towards our mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”

All volunteers must be 14 or older.

Please note that this event is rain or shine and guaranteed entry for next year’s race does not mean free entry.  

Instructions to sign up:

  1. Visit: http://www.doitsports.com/volunteer2/join-protected-group.tcl?event_id=213418
  2. Find the group name (TNT) from the drop down list; be sure to take note of the shift you are registering for.
  3. Enter the group password (tnt) for the shift you have selected.
  4. Fill out all of the required information and click submit.

We would greatly appreciate your help in supporting all of the wonderful participants who have raised money to support the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Please share this with your family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who may be interested in volunteering as well.

If you’re still not convinced, I present you with these videos:

What do you say? Want to hang with me and cheer like crazy? I’ll give you a high five and buy you a drink post-volunteer sesh!  

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  1. July 2, 2012 / 7:02 am

    Hey, I want to cheer like crazy to crazy people. Seriously, I would if I lived in the NYC area, it sounds like soo much fun.

    • July 3, 2012 / 10:45 pm

      Wish you were here and able to!

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