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New England Walkers instructions for Chase Corporate Challenge


Here's some information on your Marshal positions at the 1999 Chase Corporate Challenge - Tuesday, June 29, 1999.

If you haven't already, please call Justin and leave a message to let him know if you will be available to help this coming Tuesday. (617-731-9889)

Check in with Justin Kuo by 5:15 p.m., near the yellow volunteer tent located on the Boston Common near Charles Street (roughly midway between Boylston and Beacon streets). You will need to complete a volunteer index card. You'll be assigned a marshal position along the course and be given a volunteer tee-shirt. Please wear the tee-shirt during the event so others may identify you as a race volunteer.

All volunteers must be at least 13 years old.

Parking is a premium. Park on non-rare streets or use public transportation. The Boston Common Garage is open for parking - it's $7.00 during the evening.

The race will begin on Charles Street at 7:00 p.m., near the exit of the Boston Common Garage. Runners will turn left onto Beacon Street, right onto Commonwealth Avenue, and head westbound under Massachusetts Ave. Next, they'll head toward Kenmore Square, turnaround after the MBTA bus station, proceed left onto Commonwealth Avenue, eastbound under the Massachusetts Avenue underpass, then right onto Arlington Street, left on Boylston Street and finish on Charles Street.

The Marshal positions are vital to the success of the race. By volunteering, you are earning money for the Club. Treat your marshal position seriously and make yourself seen and heard. You must be at your post by 6:40 p.m. At that time, a race organizer will sweep through the course checking that all marshals are in position.

As a marshal you have three main duties:

  1. Stricken Runner Please alert the nearest police officer. You may assist the runner off the course, but it is essential that you return immediately to your post.
  2. Crowd Control Encourage spectators to stay on the curbside and to cross the street only when there is a large break in the runner stream.
  3. Runner Control Direct runners to specified areas. Runners that look for shortcuts over the grass at on the Commonwealth Avenue mall can cause a major bottleneck when they get trapped in the fenced area. Keep the runners on the road. Encourage runners to keep moving.

Be loud and aggressive!

Marshals must report to their second position.

Here are the marshal positions:

If we have enough volunteers, we'll double up some critical positions.

That's it. If you need more information, contact Justin Kuo at 617-731-9889 or 781-821-3000 x5410. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the races. -- Justin Kuo