Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer for the Possum Town Triathlon, please email your request to bradandmelissa@cableone.net, or call (662) 574-5539.  Thanks so much for your interest and support!!!

What is the inclement weather plan?  If it is only raining without thunder and lightning, we plan to start the race on time barring any unforeseen electronic complications. If there is thunder and lightning, we will delay the race until safe to start. Worse case scenario, if the weather is simply too nasty and unsafe to start, we would cancel the race. Our goal is always not to cancel, but there is always a chance when hosting an outdoor event.

2018 Volunteer Placement

Volunteer shirts can be picked up at the race site Friday 5:00-7:00 pm, or Saturday morning before the race

Friday, August 17th

  • Packet Pickup and Onsite Registration at Race Site Pavillion from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 18th, RACE DAY!

  • 5:30 am – Transition Opens
  • 5:30-6:45 am – Packet Pickup / Body Marking / Chip Pick Up
  • 6:45 am – Pre-Race Meeting with Participants
  • 7:00 am – Race Start!!
  • 10:00 am – Awards

National Anthem (6:45 am)

Patrick Lee

Bike Mechanic

Boardtown Bikes

Announcer

Mary Wildsmith

Motorcycles

Daniel Wheat’s crew (4)

Transition (arrive 5:30 am)

Bridget Shaw,  Dawn Bryant, Mayor’s Youth Council (2)

  • Before the race: Check out the racer – Do they have their timing chip? Body markings? Encourage racers to go get their body marked and their timing chip – point them in the right direction.
  • Transition is for racers ONLY!  Just be nice and say “racers only please”.
  • During the race POINT and YELL! Let the racer know where to bike out and where to run out!
  • Mount line: Racers are not allowed to mount their bike until they are past this line – tell them over and over not to mount until mount line.
  • Also, bikers are not allowed to mount their bikes without their helmet on – may have to remind them.
  • Dismount Line: Racers have to get off their bike before this line. They cannot just ride into transition.
  • Run Exit: is in the back of Transition. Point them in the right direction.
  • Be Alert, Be Loud, Cheer them on!

Back Up Timing

  • Swim StartAmy Billingsley, Melissa Atkins
  • Swim Exit – Erin Busbea, Stephanie Flake
  • Bike Out – Londa LeBrun, Charla Lee
  • Bike InAmy Billingsley, Melissa Atkins
  • Run OutErin Busbea, Stephanie Flake
  • FinishLonda LeBrun, Charla Lee

Body Marking & Timing Chip Table (arrive 5:30 am)

Bridget Shaw, Charla Lee, Erin Busbea, Dawn Bryant

  • The Racer’s number needs to be written vertical on the left and right arm starting at the shoulder.
  • The Racer’s age needs to be written on the racer’s right calf.
  • Make sure the participant has their race bib in hand before you mark them. Do Not just mark the number they tell you.
  • Remind the racer to get their timing chip!
  • Make sure that they show you their race bib number and hand them the corresponding chip with that number.  Again, do not allow them to tell you their number.  Ask them to please go get their race bib if they do not have it on them.  Handing out the wrong chip can cause lots of timing issues.

Registration

  • Friday – (4:00pm-7:00 pm) Amy Billingsley, Melissa Atkins, Collin Atkins
  • Saturday –(5:30am-6:45 am) Amy Billingsley, Melissa Atkins, Londa LeBrun, Stephanie Flake, Dona Porter, Collin Atkins, Teresa Proffitt, Kelly Robben

Food/Drinks/Award set up

Aaron sanders, Peppers Employee

Awards Set-Up After Registration & Pack Up Registration

Amy Billingsley, Kelly Robben

On the Water (be on the water at 6:30 am)

  • Boats – Fire Dept
  • Kayaks and SUPs – Randy Nash, Judy Coleman, Delmer Ray, Teresa Darby, Jim Sisson, Josh Gillis, Allyssa Gillis, Dona Porter, Teresa Proffitt, Kristle Beard, Lila Marie Burgess
  • Athletes are allowed to hold on to your kayak, boat, canoe, etc. to rest. You cannot propel them forward or they will be disqualified.
  • Do your best to stay out of the swimmers way unless you are helping a distressed swimmer.
  • Look and listen for athletes in trouble. Watch closely the ones at the beginning of the course. First time racers may become overwhelmed fast!
  • Spread out as needed.
  • Keep a close eye on swimmers on their backs or doing the breast stoke. If you sense a swimmer is in trouble, but they keep moving forward point them out to other boaters to watch them throughout the course. Communicate with the other water safety personal in the water.
  • If you need help YELL out!!
  • If a swimmer tells you they are DONE – help them to the bank away from the start and exit. Do not head for the swim exit! We will be watching for you and meet you at the bank.
  • If a swimmer gets into your boat they are disqualified immediately.
  • The Fire Dept will have a rescue boat on the water.  If you have a emergency, please get them to help.

Swim Start & Exit

Bill Laws, John Acker, Steve Porter

Bike Exit (from transition) & Entrance (to transition)

John Acker, Brad Atkins

Deliver Aid Station Tables morning of race

Eric & Ethan Smith, Aaron Lee, Joseph Grissom

Parking Cars as people arrive (5:30 am)

John Acker, Danny Mullins, Vince Cruse, Bill Laws

Bike & Run Course:

  • All course volunteers in place by 7 am
  • See Map A below for positions
  • Police will lead the bike and run / Either police or fire dept will tail the race
  • Be Alert and LOUD!! Point the racers in the right direction – NEVER assume they are watching the people in front of them.
  • Hold the cars! They can wait – Bikers and runners come first today.
  • Have your cell phone please! Add Brad : 662-574-5539 or Melissa: 662-574-5540 to your contacts and call one of us if any runner or biker needs assistance and we will get you help fast.
  • If there are two of you at an intersection, one can position 25 yards from the intersection warning riders of upcoming turn, and one at intersection. The lead bikers are faster than you think, so make sure they are aware of the turn with plenty of time to safely slow down.
  1. Position A – Larry Myers, Don Bryant
    • Bike exit from parking lot onto Wilkins Wise
      • Direct bikers to turn Right from parking lot onto Lock & Dam Rd
      • Direct bikers back into parking lot towards transition from Lock & Dam Rd at end of bike course
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  2. Position B – Tom Kennedy & Bob Coggins, City Police
    • Intersection of Lock & Dam Rd & Marina Road
      • Direct bikers and runners to turn Right from Lock & Dam Rd onto Marina Rd
      • Direct bikers and runners to turn Right from Marina Rd onto Lock & Dam Rd heading towards park
      • Direct bikers and runners straight from park on Lock & Dam Rd
      • This is a Bike & Run Course position. There will be some down time between last biker and first runner. Stay at position until last runner comes through.
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position C – Heather Atkins
    • On Marina Road about 100 yards from Lock & Dam Rd
      • Direct bikers and runners straight on Marina Rd
      • Make sure all bikers and runners go to the end of the road and do not “cut” the course short
      • This is a Bike & Run Course position. There will be some down time between last biker and first runner. Stay at position until last runner comes through
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position D – Brent Atkins
    • At turnaround on Marina Rd by Marina
      • Direct bikers and runners to make the turnaround loop by the Marina
      • Make sure all bikers and runners make the turnaround and do not “cut” the course short
      • This is a Bike & Run Course position. There will be some down time between last biker and first runner. Stay at position until last runner comes through
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position E – Brenda Johnson
    • On Lock & Dam Rd approximately 100 yards inside the park near first right turn
      • Direct bikers and runners straight on Lock & Dam Rd towards the end of the park turnaround
      • Make sure all bikers and runners go to the end of the road and do not “cut” the course short
      • This is a Bike & Run Course position. There will be some down time between last biker and first runner. Stay at position until last runner comes through
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position F – Mark Crigler
    • Near turnaround at the end of the park; positioned 50-100 yards from turnaround
      • Direct bikers and runners to make the turnaround at the end of the park
      • Make sure all bikers and runners make the turnaround and do not “cut” the course short
      • This is a Bike & Run Course position. There will be some down time between last biker and first runner. Stay at position until last runner comes through
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position G – Eric Smith, Ethan Smith, City Police
    • Lock & Dam Rd & Waverly Ferry Rd
      • Direct bikers Left from Lock & Dam Rd onto Waverly Ferry Rd
      • One person 25 yards from intersection and one at the intersection
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position H – Ronnie Atkins, Joseph Grissom
    • Waverly Ferry Rd & Officers Lake Rd
      • Direct bikers Right from Waverly Ferry onto Officers Lake Rd
      • Direct bikers coming back on Officers Lake straight onto Waverly Ferry Rd
      • One person 25 yards from intersection and one at the intersection
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position I – Wesley Platt, Toby Garrard, Jill Runnels, City Police possibly
    • Officers Lake Rd & Holly Hills Rd
      • Direct bikers Left from Officers lake Rd onto Holly Hills Rd
      • One person 25 yards from intersection and one at the intersection
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position J – Chris Davis, County Police
    • Holly Hills Rd & Hwy 50 (South side of Hwy 50)
      • Direct bikers Right from Holly Hills Rd onto Hwy 50 heading East
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position K – Chuck Strickland,  Aaron Lee, County Police
    • Hwy 50 & Hwy 373
      • Direct bikers Left from Hwy 50 onto Hwy 373
      • One person 25 yards from intersection and one at the intersection
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position L – Carl Powe, Pat Wilson, City Police possibly
    • Hwy 373 & Holly Hills Rd
      • Direct bikers Left from Hwy 373 onto Holly Hills Rd
      • One person 25 yards from intersection and one at the intersection
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position M – Vince Cruse & County Police
    • Holly Hills Rd & Hwy 50 (North side of Hwy 50 next to east End Baptist Church)
      • Direct bikers Right from Holly Hills Rd onto Hwy 50 heading West
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position N – Danny Mullins & County Police
    • Hwy 50 & Officer Lake Rd
      • Direct bikers Left from Hwy 50 onto Officers Lake Rd
      • Bike Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position O – Keith Laird
    • Wilkins Wise Rd & entrance to boat ramp parking lot for RUN Finish
      • Direct runners to take a Left from Lock & Dam Rd into parking lot towards Finish line
      • Run Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary
  1. Position P – Christy Laird
    • Boat ramp parking lot at RUN finish
      • Direct runners to turn Right towards Finish line in parking lot
      • Run Course only
      • Stop traffic if necessary

Run Out from Transition

Bridget Shaw

  • Direct runners out of transition after bike

Finish Line (Drinks, Blue Towels, & Chip Removal)

  • In Charge – Collin Atkins
  • Mayor’s Youth Council (6)

Aid Station Volunteers:

  • Cheer! Cheer! and Cheer some more!!
  • Be Alert! Yell out what you are giving out (WATER, WATER/SQWINCHER, SQWINCHER!) over and over
  • Make eye contact – the racer will look at you and sometimes point to the cup they are about to take.
  • Hold your hand out with the cup and give it to the racer. Do not stand on the race course. Stand to the side and reach out.
  • Never, EVER step in front of a biker! They will extend their hand and grab if they want water.
  • Only fill cups ½ full. It is hard to run and drink a full cup. Most runners pour half of the cup out.
  • Racers can grab as much as they need. May grab one to pour on themselves and one to drink.
  • Try to pick up the cups in the road during the race if possible.
  • Have your cell phone please. Add Brad 662-574-5539 or Melissa 662-574-5540 to your contacts and call us if any biker or runner is in trouble.
  • Keep dispensers full! Put 4 gallons of water and fill with ICE.
  • If you are getting low on water call us!

Aid Station #1 (outside of parking lot, see Map B):

  • Lead – Madison Atkins, Tucker
  • Mayor’s Youth Council (3)

Aid Station #2 (See Map B – at mile 1, on Lock & Dam Rd just before Marina Rd):

  • Lead – Steve & Dona Porter
  • Mayor’s Youth Council (8)

Aid Station #3 (See Map B – at the park turnaround):

  • Lead – Josh & Allyssa Gillis
  • Mayor’s Youth Council (5)

 

Map A – Volunteer Course Positions
Map B – Aid Station Map