As I have mentioned before, Michigan is getting its own Iron distance event, the Michigan Iron. You can check out their totally awesome website at http://michiganiron.com/. The 2012 race is on August 26th which means that I am unable to race it because Ironman Mont Tremblant is August 19th. With only a week between the two, I will not have recovered from the
post race party race.
Instead, I am volunteering at the Michigan Iron. I went a volunteer meeting last week to find out what they were looking for. They were looking for people to head up the the various tasks on race day (eg. swim course, parking, medical, photography, etc.). Along with my co-worker David, we signed up to head up, or “Champion” as they call it, the transition areas. This means that we will be in charge of the following:
- Oversee all aspects of the transition area
- Work with Volunteer Champion for volunteer needs
- Work with the directors to map out the transition area
- Mark out transition area for Setup Champion
- Manage Body Marking on Race Morning
- Manage volunteers to assist athletes Pre-Race and during T1 & T2
- Collaborate with the Security Champion to close transition prior to the race
- Maintain security of transition area during the race, eliminating unauthorized access during the race
- Coordinate the midday pickup of athlete equipment
Yikes! What have I gotten myself into?? I’m sure it will all come together over the following months, but it certainly seems like a lot of work now. I am really excited to see how a race comes together from this side of the starting line. Plus, I want this event to be successful so that it comes back in 2013 and I can race it then.
So, this is where I am asking for your, the real champions, help. If you could plan the optimal transition area, what would it include? (besides couches of course MattyO) What would you avoid? What has gone right? What has gone wrong?