Volunteers make the marathon!

Volunteers needed race weekend: June 6th – June 7th, 2015

Without the more than 600 Olympic Peninsula volunteers, this event could not happen. Thank you! Your time is valuable and we pride ourselves in being organized, having good communication, and training you to feel comfortable with your role. So get ready for another great year – the runners will be here soon.


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Training Meeting:  May 19, 2015, 6pm at the Vern Burton (4th and Peabody streets) in Port Angeles.
All volunteers and interested volunteers are invited. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, volunteer party ticket, volunteer role and schedule. (Note: Aid Station training will be held on a different date.)

Why volunteer?


  • Race volunteer shirt – a classic!
  • Invitation to the Volunteer Thank you Party and Dinner – a blast!
  • The satisfaction of helping others – and your community!
  • A GREAT time!

No experience necessary

  • Volunteer training will take place mid-May.
  • It’s fun, it’s easy!
  • Sign-up now so that we can keep you informed – scroll down to the form.

What needs to be done?

At the volunteer training meeting in May, we will give you all the details and let you sign-up for the area that appeals to you. But here’s an overview of where we need your help!

Shirt and kit assembly

Early May. Volunteers will help organize volunteer t-shirts and work in an assembly line to stuff aid station kits.


Friday and Saturday of race weekend. Volunteers will meet at The Red Lion hotel to prepare the banquet room for 2200 participants plus their family members!

Saturday of race weekend. Registration volunteers will work a 4 hour shift at the Red Lion Hotel (marathon registration headquarters). You will be the first to meet our runners from all over the country. Volunteers will distribute race packets and t-shirts to registered runners. New registration volunteers are required to attend the one hour volunteer training session in mid May.

Sunday/Race day.  We need volunteers to work the early shift race morning distributing race packets.

Kids marathon set-up

Saturday of race weekend. The YMCA Youth and Government program spends their Saturday making sure the venue is perfect for the Kids Marathon event. Help is always needed setting-up tents, slicing oranges, or marking the course or running/walking with kids.

Course set up

Sunday/Race day. Love to get up early? Don’t mind a little physical work? Like donuts and strong coffee? Then you fit the bill for helping this important team set-up the course to make sure the participants don’t get lost. Set-up teams will meet at places along the Olympic Discovery Trail on Sunday and team leaders will direct volunteers to where cones and signs need to be placed.

Course marshals

Sunday/Race day. 50 volunteers are needed along the course from Sequim to Port Angeles! There are three shifts available: 8:45 – 9:45am, 9 – 10:45am or 11 – 1:30pm. Our course marshals are vital. Course Marshals will stand at strategic turns/intersections along the course and make sure zoned out runners stay on course. You will be given a complete kit with safety vest, location and time needed and instructions. Please contact Harold at (206) 406-8240. Thank you!

Finish line volunteers

Sunday/Race day. Do you want to be part of the famous “buddy” crew? Be the first to congratulate runners as they cross the NODM finish line. This is a lively, fun job. The more buddies the merrier. Carrie and Chuck will lead you through an invigorating afternoon making sure each finisher is treated to royalty.

Clean up the NODM

Sunday/Race day. The NODM has a lot of pride when it comes to leaving the ODT and City Pier better than we found it. If you live along the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) and can check for litter – thank you! If you would like to come down to City Pier and help with garbage and loading trucks we won’t turn you away. We will even buy your dinner. Tradition has it that the volunteer thank you dinner happens after the last box is loaded and the pier is spotless. Clean-up is from 2-5pm, Sunday at City Pier or along the ODT.

Aid stations

Sunday/Race day. There is currently a waiting list for one of the 15 spots along the course. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact Michelle at 360-417-1301 or nodm@nodm.com. Mandatory Aid Station training session will take place in mid May.

Inventory and clean up

Post race. Marathon Headquarters needs volunteers for two days to help count and pack leftover shirts and supplies.

Volunteer “thank you” party sponsored by ….TBA

Sunday/Race day. The NODM likes to celebrate the weekend with our amazing volunteers right away! You have worked hard all day or all weekend – now it’s our turn to cook dinner. All volunteers are invited and additional tickets may be purchased for friends and family. Dinner time (after the race Sunday) and place TBA.

When you choose to serve – whether it’s your nation, your community, or simply your neighbor – you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That is why this is a great nation. Because time and again, Americans have been willing to serve on stages both great and small; to draw on the same spirit that launched America’s improbable journey to meet the challenges of each defining moment in our history.

- Barack Obama