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Amgen Tour Seeking Volunteers For 2009 Tour Of California

Annual bike race looking for workers with special skills, time to donate.

Organizers for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California
announced that volunteer opportunities for the popular professional cycling
road race are now posted online at the official race Web site,


Volunteers looking for an opportunity to participate in the
fourth-annual race can apply online for positions, including course marshal,
security, media relations and medical control.


Already considered cycling’s most important and successful
road race in the United States,
the 2009 Amgen Tour of California
will be expanded to cover more than 800 miles over nine days.  The event’s
fourth running is scheduled for February
14-22, 2009.  Traveling almost the entire length of California,
the race will begin in the state’s capital, Sacramento,
and end in San Diego County
for the first time. 


"Volunteers are essential to the success of the Amgen
Tour of California," said
Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, presenter of the race.  "The
support of the communities we travel through has been vital in making the Amgen
Tour of California the most successful cycling race in the United States, and
with the expanded route in 2009, volunteers will be more important than ever. 
It is a great way to take part in an event that will capture the attention of
local communities and the world."


More than 4,500 volunteers in communities throughout the
state participated in last year’s race, making it seamless and successful from
start to finish, and establishing it as the largest sporting event in the state
of California.  In each of the start and finish cities, as many as 350
local volunteers were recruited to help staff the race. 


The majority of volunteers are needed to serve as course marshals,
providing support for the 75 professional course marshals that travel with the
tour and support the local law enforcement authorities in each city. 
Course marshal volunteers have an opportunity to be on the race route, close to
the cyclists, with responsibility for monitoring pedestrian traffic, barricades
and street closures.


Volunteer positions for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California


Local Stage Course Marshal – Assigned a designated area
along the race course to assist with the coordination and safety of the field
of play


Media – Assist media operations staff, including
distribution of media credentials, general media Q&A, office set-up, etc.


Medical Control – Escort athletes to and from medical tent
for post-race testing


Security – Assist security staff with access-control,
including on-course, hospitality, awards, green room and press conference


Site Decoration/Restoration – Assist logistics crew with
hanging and tear-down of event decor


Lifestyle Festival EXPO – Assist lifestyle festival staff
with expo coordination


Sweepstakes Surveyor – Help ensure lifestyle festival
attendees are aware of the official sweepstakes


Volunteer Check-in – Assist Local Organizing Committee
volunteer coordinator with set-up, check-in/registration and deployment


Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an
adult.  The online sign-up form offers volunteers the opportunity to rank
their top-three job preferences, and every attempt is made to match volunteers
to their area of interest.  Shortly after filling out the online form,
volunteers will be contacted by the local organizing committee for further


Dates of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California:

Stage 1: Saturday, Feb. 14 – Sacramento

Stage 2: Sunday, Feb. 15 – Davis
to Santa Rosa

Stage 3: Monday, Feb. 16 – Sausalito
to Santa Cruz

Stage 4: Tuesday, Feb. 17 – San Jose
to Modesto

Stage 5: Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Merced
to Clovis

Stage 6: Thursday, Feb. 19 – Visalia
to Paso Robles

Stage 7: Friday, Feb. 20 – Solvang (individual time trial)

Stage 8: Saturday, Feb. 21 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena

Stage 9: Sunday, Feb. 22 – Rancho Bernardo to Escondido

For additional information on volunteering for the 2009
Amgen Tour of California, please


Amgen Tour Seeking Volunteers For 2009 Tour Of California

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