Medical Volunteer @ a Marathon
- 0Apr 16, '13 by Paco-RNGiven the recent tragic events at the Boston Marathon yesterday, I have been motivated to volunteer as a medical personnel at upcoming marathons near me. Has anyone done this? Please share your experience, thank you!
- 0Apr 16, '13 by runsalotYes. Most local races need volunteers of all sorts. Medical and non medical. They normally list their volunteer needs on their websites under volunteer. Great thing to do. I try and volunteer at at least one race per year. I have done 5 marathons, and I just love runners and the whole running community But think local. You don't have to go far to do this. Or go to a big race.
- 0Apr 16, '13 by Paco-RNQuote from runsalotThanks for your reply! The NYC Marathon is the closest to me, so I was hoping I would start with that one. The Brooklyn Half is in a month but I will be working that dayYes. Most local races need volunteers of all sorts. Medical and non medical. They normally list their volunteer needs on their websites under volunteer. Great thing to do. I try and volunteer at at least one race per year. I have done 5 marathons, and I just love runners and the whole running community But think local. You don't have to go far to do this. Or go to a big race.
- 0I have enjoyed many volunteer opportunities by joining my local Medical Reserve Corps. I am sure that you have seen the horrible videos taken in Boston. You might have noticed that some of the people running INTO the disaster field wore white jackets with blue sleeves and baseball caps. Those were Boston Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, and most of them were nurses. My unit also responds to weather emergencies (shelter management) epidemic disease (public H1N1 influenza vaccination clinics) and we have been trained for pandemic disease and biological, radiological, and nuclear responses. You will never make a dime of course, but you will get to work with some of the finest colleagues you will ever meet.
If any of the above sounds interesting, check this out: https://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/HomePageLast edit by CountyRat on Apr 17, '13 : Reason: Spacing
- 0Apr 17, '13 by JustBeachyNurseMy state runs medical reserve at the county level.
NY roadrunner volunteers, (and I'm sure other groups that run major races) even medical, get credits toward eligibility for priority registration for the following year. Sometimes the most coveted spots such as medical tent can fill a year in advance. So be prepared that you may be asked to work in a non medical capacity as I suspect post Boston there may be a deluge of interested volunteers just like post 9/11/01 and the recent major hurricanes.
- 0Apr 17, '13 by RileyPuggleI've been a volunteer for the NYC Marathon for over 20 years. I work the elite finish line. There are medical tents set up there. When the runner's come through the chutes, medical personnel are there to access them and, if necessary, take them to be evaluated and treated at the tent. I think it's a great idea for you to try. You get a cute jacket too!
- 0Not to belabor the point, but my county MRC team leader just sent athe link that follows, which some may find interesting:
Medical Reserve Corps aided injured after Boston Marathon attacks