Club members: have you volunteered lately? Sunday's Rocky Woods event urgently needs volunteers! If you haven't volunteered before, don't worry, we can train you to help with registration in just a few minutes. The computer (start/finish) training takes a little longer, but again, we can train you. Control hanging is a great fit for folks who regularly complete advanced courses. Control pickup gets you more time in the forest (and includes picking up the white and yellow course controls, so it's not just for advanced runners). NEOC is a volunteer run club, and your club needs you! Get the satisfaction of helping, and enjoy the social side of being at an in-person event for an extra hour. That's all it takes! Sign up on the NEOC Volunteer Sign Up - Rocky Woods. And, thank you!
Recreational Courses at Bigelow Hollow (Oct. 8 & 9): In addition to the national ranking event courses at Bigelow Hollow (Union, CT), members can run recreational courses (white/yellow/orange) for free. Although day-of registration is allowed (if a map is available), we'd prefer all participants pre-register. Members should use coupon code: 2022NEOCMember during check-out.
OUSA Masters Championship, Oct. 8-9, on the new map (Carl Underwood, 2020) of Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, CT. You can still register. Do it sooner next time to save some money.
Day-Of Competition Volunteers. In our normal volunteer sign-up, you'll see plenty of opportunities to help with this two-day national ranking event. Most shifts are short, and all allow you to compete in the normal start window. After all, we expect our club members to have great results.
Test Runners. Can't attend Masters Champs for some reason? Consider test running the courses in late Sep or early Oct. Courses will be streamered and vetted. You'll be ineligible to compete, but your times will help us make sure the lengths are right, etc.
Post-race Refreshment Coordinator. We are returning to the tradition of appropriate post-race refreshments at the finish. Role is on the Day-Of Sign-up, but has obvious pre-event needs (buying stuff).
Start, Parking, and Results Team Leads. While these are primarily day-of roles, a single park visit with the MD/park staff in the final lead-up to the event might be helpful to see event locations and set the team up for success. And, the team lead checks on equipment & supplies before the event and coordinates for the team's equipment transportation.
Saturday, Oct. 1 —UNO has a meet at the Urban Forestry Center, a beautiful preserve just 70 minutes north of Boston. Details on the UNO site.
Always report to the results computer before you leave a NEOC event — even if you don't complete your course. We want to be sure that everyone is safely out of the woods! NEOC is an all-volunteer organization.