Volunteers needed for Penticton Granfondo

Susan Robinson has just the job if you’re looking to get up close to the nearly 3,000 riders in the fifth annual Granfondo Okanagan

Susan Robinson has just the job if you’re looking to get up close to the nearly 3,000 riders in this years fifth annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan.

According to the volunteer manager, there are still many positions available for people who want to help out with the July 12 cycling event

“I’m actually quite surprised we still have some start line positions left because it’s a pretty spectacular sight,” said Robinson, who estimated it takes upwards of 400 volunteers to handle the odd jobs needed to be done in advance and on the day of the ride. “I mean really,  you can’t get any closer to the action than that, you’re right there.”

Those who volunteer must be 16 years (with parent or guardian consent) or older and be able to work about a four-hour shift. As well as the day of the ride people are required for various start up and registration duties beginning the Thursday before (July 9) and throughout the weekend. Volunteers are also needed to do some participant package assembly and traffic direction.

According to Robinson there has been a number of sports and service groups that have come forward and this is the last push to fill some badly-needed spots. Those who help out receive a t-shirt for their troubles and an invitation to the appreciation dinner the day after the event.

“What I hear back from people, and I can honestly say this, is that it is one of the best events they volunteer for, they have so much fun and they get to see people doing something they love,” said Robinson. “They also get so much appreciation from the riders who recognize it takes a lot of people to make this thing work.

“In a sense we’re helping out the community because we are attracting people here and we’re trying to put our best foot forward.”

For more information Robinson can be contacted at susan@granfondoaxelmerckx.com or visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/granfondoaxelmerckxvolunteers?ref=ts&fref=ts.

 

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