FAQ for Volunteers
To view your shift selections, you may log into the website at any time using the Account Login link at the top of any page on the website. Select the “2023 Lobo Cancer Challenge Volunteer” event if you have also signed up as a Challenger. Select the Dashboard link in the upper left of the menu bar. Select the button to view your shift(s).
The Lobo Cancer Challenge is held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at University Stadium, 1111 University SE.
(Note that a few volunteer shifts are held prior to Saturday, when Packet Pickup is scheduled.)
Questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, text only: (505) 385-3479.
Click the headings below for more volunteer information.
Please register with Volunteer Check-In when you arrive for your shift.
If you are volunteering at a Rest Stop on a 5K or bike route, please go directly to your Rest Stop.
Venue Volunteer Check-In will be on the Stadium field:
1111 University Blvd SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87106
West parking lot — park off University Blvd.
We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned shift to allow for check-in and further instruction.
The Lobo Cancer Challenge will provide a volunteer T-shirt for you to wear when you volunteer. In addition, please wear:
- Jeans, shorts or capris
- Sneakers or other close-toed comfortable shoes
- Additional layers if you need them
- For safety reasons, we cannot permit shoes that expose any part of your feet, such as sandals or flip-flops.
What to Bring
Weather Related Items
Please check the weather before you arrive and plan accordingly. You may want to bring the following items, depending on the forecast:
- Sun protection (sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, hat)
- Rain gear and umbrella
- Cool weather clothing (early morning shifts can be chilly)
Restrooms will be available at the main venue and portable toilets will be available at the rest stops.
You may want to bring some or all of the following with you:
- Food for the day
- Water bottle. Water will be provided at the Main Venue and at Rest Stops.
- Additional snack items
- Cell phone
- Relevant Medical Information
Have fun – get creative!
Feel free to wear funny hats, bring noisemakers (cowbells, horns) and pom-poms to encourage the Challengers along their route!
Do Not Bring
Please do not bring the following when you volunteer:
- Tobacco - we are a smoke-free event
Packet Pickup will be offered prior to Saturday.
Details coming soon.
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Event day details coming soon.
What volunteer jobs can I do to support the Lobo Cancer Challenge?
Volunteer positions include Rest Stop Assistant, Vehicle Set Up, Check In, Hospitality, and many, many more! When you register to volunteer, you can review the list of available shifts. You may review the duties for a shift on another page, to see what is involved and the time commitment before you choose your shift. For example, a Set Up shift may involve more physical effort than another position. The major requirement for a Spirit Club volunteer is enthusiasm!
Where along the route can I help out?
Our routes cover a large area in and out of the Albuquerque area. We’ll need volunteers throughout. Check out our 5K Route, Stair Challenge Route, and Bike Routes pages for rest stop locations.
When will I receive confirmation of my volunteer job, date, time and location?
During the volunteer registration process, you will choose your volunteer position, day, date and shift time. A confirmation of your choices will be emailed to you.
What if my plans change and I need to switch jobs or cancel?
Please email us at [email protected] or text only: (503) 803-4993.
What should I wear for my shift?
You will receive an official Lobo Cancer Challenge T-shirt when you check in for your shift. Please wear your T-shirt throughout your volunteer shift. You should also wear comfortable shoes, be prepared for changing and inclement weather, and wear sunscreen!
Do I need to bring my own snacks and meals during my volunteer shift?
We’ll aim to keep you fed and hydrated throughout your shift. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.
Is there a registration fee to volunteer?
Is there a fundraising minimum to volunteer?
No. We’re grateful for your time, effort and energy. But, you’re more than welcome to volunteer AND fundraise.
How can I volunteer and raise funds too?
In addition to signing up for your volunteer shift(s), you may also register for the Lobo Cancer Challenge. If your volunteer shift is on the day of the event, you may need to register as a Virtual Challenger to complete your Challenge before September 23, 2023. There is a suggested fundraising minimum, although we encourage you to set your own fundraising goal. Upon registration, you will have access to your own Fundraising Page to personalize!
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Volunteers younger than 18 (ages 14 - 17) must have parental or legal guardian consent, and must remain with their parent or guardian at all times. The parent or legal guardian will sign a waiver on the minor volunteer's behalf upon check-in.
I want to share the importance of volunteerism with my children; can they join me during my shift?
We encourage families to volunteer together as long as everyone is at least 14 years old. Children under 14 years old are not eligible to volunteer.
See selected volunteer position duty descriptions below:
Bike Valet/Bag Check
- Take bags from participants & tag them, give receipt
- Take bikes from participants & tag them, give receipt
- Return bags and bikes to participants with proper receipt and ID
- Keep bike and bag valet area neat and organized
- Greet registered participants
- Welcome them to event
- Open their account on computer
- Communicate participant's information to runners
- Answer event-related questions
- Give packet to participant (includes bib, wristband, official T-shirt, goodies, any incentives, etc…)
- Go to assigned post on course
- Direct participants where to go
- Make participants aware of danger areas (i.e. blind curve, RR tracks, steep descent, etc)
- Yell words of encouragement
- DO NOT DIRECT TRAFFIC
- Support And Gear drivers patrol the 25 and 50 mile bike routes to offer support to long distance bike riders
- Bicycle repair knowledge preferred but not necessary
- May transport bicyclists and their bicycles if needed
- May deliver supplies
- Cheer for participants as they finish
- Hand out cowbells
- Make signs for participants
- Create atmosphere of celebration and encouragement
- Stand outside Reg/PPU tent and welcome participants
- Manage flow of lines
- Direct participants to open lanes
- Answer event-related questions
Hydration Team + Stair Challenge Water Stations
- Set up table
- Set up water jugs
- Set up cups and fill with water
- Refill jugs with water and ice
- Hand out water
- Stand in Info Booth
- Answer event-related questions
- Set up Lost & Found
- Check-in kids at entrance and get parent's signature
- Monitor kids play areas (i.e. bouncy house)
- Setup kids' games
- Watch that kids don't leave KidsZone without their parents/guardians
- Create packets for participants as they check-in
- Stuff bags with bib, wristband, jersey, incentives, etc as directed
- Direct participants to start line
- Hold signs for corrals (i.e. 100 milers, 50 milers, etc)
- Direct participants to correct corrals
- Hold riders at start line until Technical Director requests start
- Setting up tables and chairs
- Setting up fence
- Loading in event equipment (i.e. food, sound gear, registration product, merchandise, tents, etc…)
- Hanging banners
- Setting up Pop-Up tents
- Setting sand bags
- Assisting vendors with load in
- Set out trash cans with liners
- Set up lights