VOLUNTEER

Volunteers, guides, and handlers are needed to ensure the success of Dare2tri athletes. You don’t need to be a triathlete or have prior experience to volunteer. There are plenty of ways to get involved. Volunteers may help with everything from handling, guiding, administration/organization, fundraising, logistics, assistance on-site at races, and more.

To be notified on upcoming volunteer opportunities, please register below:

dare2tri trileaders

New to Dare2tri is an exclusive group of Dare2tri’s most valuable volunteers, the TriLeaders. TriLeaders serve as role models, educators, and inspirers to the large group of volunteers that Dare2tri engages. A TriLeader is also a valuable asset in organizing and implementing many of Dare2tri’s camps, clinics, practices, and ongoing programs. In order to better serve its athletes and enhance its small staff, Dare2tri looks to TriLeaders as the next level of leadership for the organization.

Dare2tri is proud to introduce the 2016 TriLeaders:

  • Todd Nelson
  • Eric Robb
  • Amy Skapek
  • Chuck Slattery
  • Racheal Smetana
  • Keith Danahey
  • Andrew Emrick
  • Dana Farella
  • Lisa Krejcik
  • Mina Nakano
  • TJ Nakano

Current volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at Dare2tri's supported races throughout the season, please email Dan.

 

Kids Paratriathlon Training Camp Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to assist at our annual Kids Paratriathlon Training Camp on July 11-12 at 63rd Street Beach in Chicago, IL. On July 11 and part of July 12, youth will participate in clinics. The afternoon of July 12, youth will race in the Dare2tri Tri It Triathlon.

 

Ambulatory Running Clinic Volunteers

We need volunteers to assist with our summer Ambulatory Running Clinics on July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21 from 6:00-7:15pm at the Montrose Lakefront Track in Chicago. Athletes are independent and able to ambulate (walk/run) upright on their own. 

 

Outdoor Cycling and Run/Push Practices

Practices take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-6:00pm at the Wilson Ave Parking Lot (600 W Wilson at Wilson and Lake Shore Drive). We will have longer practices on the last Thursday of every month which will go until 7:30pm.  If you are able to bring your own bicycle to ride with our athletes, please do so. 

We need volunteers to help with the following roles each week (no prior experience necessary):

  • Assisting with unloading, loading, and adjustment of adaptive cycling and running equipment

  • Assist athletes in transferring in and out of their adaptive equipment

  • Piloting athletes who are visually impaired on a tandem bicycle 

  • Running or biking alongside athletes on lakefront path to ensure safety, offer assistance and give motivation

 

Open Water Swim Practices

Open Water Swim practices take place on Tuesdays at Ohio Street Beach in Chicago, IL from 6-7:30pm starting June 20 and ending on August 22. 

We are in need of volunteers to assist athletes in/out of water, work with them on swim technique or as a guide, and/or watch their belongings (wheelchairs, prosthetics, bags, etc) while they are in the water. Thank you!

 
 

Hines VA Swim Session Volunteers

We need volunteers to assist veterans from Hines VA with water aerobics, getting comfortable in the water, beginning swimming skills, and stroke technique work.  Please bring swim suit and towel. Hines VA swim session take place at The Water's Edge Aquatic Center - 545 John Street, Bensenville, IL. Volunteers are needed for the following dates/times:

  • Veterans with SCI - February 9, 2017 (10:00am - 11:00am)
  • Veterans with SCI - March 9, 2017 (10:00am - 11:00am)
  • Veterans with SCI - April 20, 2017 (10:00am - 11:00 am)
  • Veterans with a Visual Impairment - June 15, 2017 (10:00am - 11:00am)
  • Veterans with SCI - June 22, 2017 (10:00am - 11:00 am)
 

future opportunities - indoor practice volunteers

Indoor Gym & Swim Practice Volunteers

During the fall and winter months, we host a weekly indoor gym & swim practice on Tuesdays at Fosco Park in Chicago. The first hour consists of a circuit training session, which incorporates cardiovascular activity, weights, strength training, and flexibility.  For the second hour, athletes head to the pool, where there are opportunities for both new and experienced swimmers to get instruction on technique and be led through a coached workout. On the first Tuesday of every month, yoga is offered in place of gym time. Volunteers are needed for:

  • Gym hour: Assist and work out alongside athletes during cardio, circuts, fitness, and yoga sessions. Guides for blind athletes are needed as well as volunteers to assist and make sure athletes are using proper form, doing the exercises correctly, and setting up on machines, etc.
  • Swim hour: Assist athletes both in the water and from the deck. Assistance is needed to work one-on-one with beginner swimmers and with more experienced swimmers for drills, etc. Please come prepared to get wet!

Indoor Swim Practice Volunteers

During the fall and winter months, we host two weekly swim practices on Tuesdays (Fosco Park) and Thursdays (Ellis Park). In the pool, both new and experienced swimmers receive instruction on technique and are lead through a coached workout. Volunteers are needed for:

  • Swim hour: Assist athletes both in the water and from the deck. Assistance needed to work one-on-one with beginner swimmers and with more experienced swimmers for drills, etc. Please come prepared to get wet!

 

future opportunities - clinic and camp volunteers

Multisport Clinic Volunteers

Typically in February, we our annual Multisport Clinic in Highland Park, IL. This is a great opportunity for athletes to be introduced to the sport of triathlon, receive targeted coaching in the various disciplines, and prepare for the new season! Volunteer roles include:

  • Morning Set-Up Volunteer
  • Registration/Check-In Volunteer
  • One-on-one Athlete Support Volunteer
  • Swim-specific Volunteer
  • Cycling-specific Volunteer
  • Wheelchair Push/Run Volunteer

Injured Military Camp Volunteers

We recruit an army of volunteers each year to assist with our annual Injured Military Camp in early June. The camp is held between Munster High School and Wolf Lake Park in Hammond, IN. Clinics will take place on the Friday and Saturday, with participants racing in Leon's Triathlon on Sunday. Volunteers roles include:

  • Friday/Saturday Camp Volunteer
  • Personal Guide for Athlete during Sunday's Race
  • Transition Area Volunteer (Handler) during Sunday's Race

Paratriathlon Training Camp Volunteers

We seek volunteers to assist with our annual Paratriathlon Camp in June. The camp is held at the RecPlex Sports Center in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Clinics take place on Friday and Saturday, and participants race in the Dare2tri Tri It Triathlon on Sunday. Volunteers roles include: 

  • Friday/Saturday Camp Volunteer
  • Personal Guide for Athlete during Sunday's Race
  • Transition Area Volunteer (Handler) during Sunday's Race

Ambulatory Run Clinic Volunteers

Once a month, we run an ambulatory run clinic at University of Illinois at Chicago's Student Recreation Facility. Volunteers assist athletes throughout practice on the indoor track to help improve their running technique and mobility skills. Disability groups may include amputees, cerebral palsy, visually impaired, etc. Assistance can include guiding visually impaired athletes, supporting those who may have balance issues, etc.

Volunteers check-in at the front desk and tell UIC staff know you are there for the Dare2tri ambulatory run clinic. Head upstairs to the elevated, indoor track where we will meet. Please bring a towel, water bottle and proper running shoes.

Each clinic is limited to ten participants. Questions? Please contact Dan Tun.


Watch: volunteer tutorial videos

Dare2tri outlines common adaptive equipment used by athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments for the sport of paratriathlon. Equipment overview includes: two-wheel bicycle, tandem bicycle, catrike, handcycles, and racing wheelchair.
Dare2tri outlines the starting and stopping techniques for a tandem bicycle, a common adaptive bicycle used by visually impaired athletes.

Dare2tri outlines common adjustments made to adaptive equipment used by athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments for the sport of paratriathlon.

Dare2tri outlines common techniques used to transfer an athlete from a wheelchair to different pieces of adaptive equipment.

Common Volunteer Roles

GUIDE
The volunteer will serve as a one-on-one guide for an athlete and participate in swim, bike, and/or run training sessions alongside the athlete.  Volunteer may guide the athlete during a race, when applicable, but we require that the volunteer has worked with the athlete prior to race day.  Guiding may include either serving as the sighted guide for an athlete who is blind or visually impaired or being a race guide for an athlete with a disability.

HANDLER
Handlers will be paired with an athlete and are responsible for assisting the athlete during the transition segment of a race.  The athlete will inform the handler about what assistance they need, including but not limited to handing them a prosthetic, crutches, or wheelchair, removing/replacing a bike from the bike rack, buckling helmets or race belts, and other similar tasks.  There may be pre-race meetings with race organizers and/or the athletes, so that all involved have a clear understanding of the rules and guidelines.

WATER EXIT
Individuals volunteering for water exit duties must be able to lift athletes out of the water and carry them to their wheelchairs using a two-person lift.  There will be pre-race training prior to an event for water exit volunteers to ensure the safety of both the volunteers and the athletes.  Water exit volunteers should be prepared to get wet!

EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE
Volunteers will help dare2tri staff with the loading/unloading of equipment trailers and setting up/breaking down equipment prior to training sessions and races.  Volunteers will also assist athletes as they get set up on their equipment and make adjustments as necessary.


Handler Checklists

WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES

  1.  Identify the athlete’s needs on race morning and while setting up transition.
  2. Confirm the support requirements at the swim entry and exit.
  3. Set up the handcycle and racing chair for easy flow in and out of transition.
  4. Discuss the placement of everyday chair according to the athlete’s needs and the race’s rules for competition

 

AMBULATORY ATHLETES

  1. Identify the athlete’s needs on race morning while setting up transition.
  2. Confirm the support requirements at the swim entry and exit.
  3. Walk through transition entry and exit points with the athlete before the race.
  4. Understand how the athlete puts on different types of prosthetics, such as cycling leg(s), running leg(s), etc. during transitions.
  5. Discuss if an athlete needs a folding chair, or if they prefer to sit on the ground to change equipment.

ASKING QUESTIONS

Always ask before touching, assisting, pushing, etc. If you are not sure about something, ask first! It is okay to talk to the athlete about their disability, it’s better to ask questions than to wonder and guess.

 

For more information on how to become involved as a volunteer, contact Dan Tun.