Volunteer to Help
As you know, the Tour of Novato is run by volunteers. If you'd like to volunteer, we've got plenty of opportunities for you. If you are a friend or family member of a rider, consider sending them off on their ride and then help us set up for the celebration.
How to Sign Up
Volunteer signup will be available soon. Check back here.
What you can do the Day of the Event
Safety is our top priority so we need at least six Sag Wagons. Volunteers will use their own vehicle to drive a segment of a route to verify that participants are following the event rules and assist any participant that needs help. This includes the possibility of having to transport the rider and their bicycle to the nearest event rest stop. Drivers will be provided with instructions and any required supplies and safety equipment.
Rescue Wagon volunteers will be stationed at the rest stops and will be dispatched to use their vehicle to assist riders who are unable to continue by giving them and their bike a ride to the next rest stop.
We need at least 18 Ride Ambassadors to ride the routes to make sure that everyone is following the safety rules and provide assistance when needed. Ride Ambassadors will be provided with instructions and any required supplies. Not all Ride Ambassadors will be assigned the task of trailing the last rider on a given route, but all Ride Ambassadors must be willing to perform this task.
If you're good with a camera we could use at least two volunteers to take digital photos of the riders out on the course and two or more photographers at the celebration and Community Fair. We will ask for your digital files after the event.
We need at least 12 volunteers help get the riders on their way: sign them in, pass out route maps, riding numbers, and stuff like that. We'd also like to have someone at the finish keeping track of who made it back in.
The routes this year will require three rest stops. The rest stops will be open varying lengths of time depending upon where they are on the route, with the first rest stops open as early as 8:15am and the last rest stop closing at 1:00 pm.
Traffic & Parking Monitors
Volunteers help control traffic at key intersections along the route and direct traffic to available parking downtown. This also a great place for extended family and community members to help.
We need at least 20 volunteers to help set up registration and the Community Fair Carnival. If you have a friend or family member riding in the event, here is the perfect opportunity to help while they are on their ride. This is also a great volunteer activity for high school students.
Community Fair Carnival Games
We will have a variety of games and activities for all ages. If you would like to host or help run an activity, sign up! This is a great volunteer activity for high school students.
Community Fair Showcase
We need volunteers to set up and run the stage and booths that showcase the talent of Novato's students, teachers, and administrators. This is a great volunteer activity for high school students.
When it's all over we're sure there will be a mess to clean up. We need as many volunteers as possible to help haul out the trash and put away the tables and chairs. This is a great volunteer activity for high school students or for those with a pick-up truck.
What you can do Before the Event
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights
Participant Support – Each night we will need volunteers to:
- Assist with sorting, folding, and stuffing swag bags for participants.
- Assemble registration packets.
- Assemble Ambassador and Sag Wagon supplies and equipment.
These are great volunteer activities for high school students or for riders who want to contribute to the success of the event!
- Set Up Road Signs - We need at least 10 volunteers to drive the routes on the Friday before the event and set up mileage and directional signs and arrows for the riders. You must have your own vehicle.
- Rest Stops - We need six volunteers to meet the Friday before the event at 6:00 pm to help organize the snacks for the rest stops.
- Errand Runners – We need volunteers to help us pick up and drop off supplies within Novato. You must have your own vehicle (truck or van preferred).
Please if you have any questions or have something else to offer.