We Need Your Help

The Sub-5 Ride for Parkinson’s presents a great opportunity for people who enjoy helping others on a VOLUNTARY basis and are willing to devote a few hours on Sunday, September 11, 2016 to ensure the safety of riders.

Event location:  Hampshire High School, 1600 Big Timber Road, located close to the intersection of Big Timber Rd. and Illinois Rt. 20. The main entrance is off of Big Timber, at Gast Rd. The main registration area is near the start/finish banner.  All volunteers will need to check in at this location for instruction and directions to their event posts.


The Registration Volunteers should arrive at the main registration location by 6:00 AM.

The event necessitates at least twenty volunteers assisting in registration and processing of all details and information to the riders. We anticipate approximately 400 riders in this event.  It is important that the riders receive their packets between 6 AM and 7 AM. The task of issuing registration packets for this many people requires a high level of coordination and efficiency.  The packets are large clasp envelopes containing items such as a timing tag and some product samples. ATTACHED TO THE OUTSIDE of each ride packet is an important legal waiver that must be signed by the rider before taking possession of his/her packet.


Cashiers are responsible for handling all cash, checks, Pay Pal credit cards payments & collection of all waivers.

Cashier will carry additional spare route sheets.


Course Marshals are responsible for monitoring traffic crossings at course intersections for the bike riders.   All Course Marshals shall contact the Marshal Coordinator upon their arrival time at the Registration Booth to receive their instructions.

Course Marshals can drive vehicles to their designated location on the course (Remember to carry hats, sunscreen, chairs, umbrellas, water and other necessary supplies).

Assigned tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Greet riders with warm smiles and encouragement.
  • Carry Spare Route Sheets.
  • Enforce or maintain course rules & bicycle etiquette towards vehicles and pedestrians along the course route.
  • Critical:  the course is open to vehicular traffic!   When vehicles have the right-of-way at intersections (per the Rules of the Road), use the lollipop sign to instruct approaching riders to stop until vehicle traffic clears.  If in doubt, err on the side of caution and stop the riders!  Conversely, if the riders have the right of way (e.g. vehicle has a stop sign, riders do not), use lollipop sign to notify driver(s) to stop and hold until riders clear.
  • Report any infractions to the Marshal Coordinator or Course Director.


A SAG vehicle operates out on the course and serves to pick up those who drop out.  SAG drivers can facilitate repairs or to carry equipment/gear as necessary.    SAG vehicles shall be equipped with water, first-aid kit, extra route sheets and floor pump.  Spare tubes and basic bike tools are nice-to-have items, but not essential.

Assigned tasks included but are not limited to:

  • A smile and a friendly, “Do you need help” are always welcome. If a rider needs SAG help, he or she is probably having a bad day.  A good SAG can turn that bad day around.
  • There shall be a SAG Driver and Assistant SAG driver in each SAG vehicle.
  • All drivers must have a valid driver’s license and a mobile phone.
  • Suggested that the SAG vehicle be a wagon, van or SUV with a full tank of gas.  A sedan will work, too, if equipped with a cycling-specific roof rack.
  • SAG vehicles will be plainly marked with SAG Flag or signage.
  • SAG drivers must avoid stopping in the roadway, in order to not create a traffic hazard.  Pull the vehicle off the road in a safe location to keep the traffic flowing safely.


  • Volunteers should arrive on time as scheduled, meet at the designated food tent area and check in with the Food Zone Coordinator.
  • Volunteers should make all efforts to greet riders with a warm smile and encouragement.
  • Volunteers will distribute fruit, beverage, energy food, water, etc. to riders as they approach the area.
  • Last Volunteers will need to assist with tear down and clean up at the end of the event.
  • Friday Night Bash Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help coordinate registration, silent auction and checkout processes at the Friday Night Bash on August 28th.  Location is TBD