Thank you for considering donating your time as a volunteer at FANS Ultra Races. Simply put, this race would not happen without race day volunteers such as yourself. On behalf of the Race Committee and FANS Scholars, we are eternally grateful for your support!
We are back to an in person race this year and we need your help to ensure another smooth day at the lake.

How you can help

Please visit our volunteer sign up to choose a volunteer role and shift that works for you. Experience is generally not required for most roles and we will provide you with everything you need for a successful volunteer experience.

Click the button below, pick a role and shift time, then scroll to the bottom to sign up now. Once you are done signing up, make sure you tell your friends!

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What you get

First and foremost, you get the satisfaction and excitement of helping all of our courageous FANS Ultra Racers. It’s really quite the experience!

In addition, you will also be offered a t-shirt to take home, food and beverages, and fun door prizes such as tickets or gift cards.

You will also receive a parking pass (don’t buy one at the station) and all the training that you need to do your role from other more experienced volunteers.

Frequently asked questions

I signed up, now what?

Thank you! Please keep an eye on your email as we approach race date. We sometimes ask volunteers if they take a different role or shift (up to you) and will provide more detailed information closer to the event

Something came up and I need to change or cancel

We understand, it happens. Please let us know by using sign up link above to modify your signup entry. Or, Email Volunteer Coordinators

Can I camp at the race?

Yes, you can choose to camp at the race in the same Tent City area that is designated for racers and their supporters. Please only camp in this area, it will be marked.

How old do I need to be?

We welcome adults for all volunteer roles, and youth between the ages of 13-17 when accompanied by an adult at Aid Station roles only. We will ask your parent/guardian to sign a permission form.

I’ve never done this before, is that OK?

Absolutely! We will make sure you receive the instructions/training that you need for your role on race day and other very friendly volunteers will help you out along the way if you run into any questions.

How do I get there?

The race is located at Normandale Lake Park, Bloomington, MN. From either direction on highway 494, exit on East Bush Lake Rd and go south. Go straight through the stoplight and you will be on Chalet Rd which is on the NW corner of the course map. There is a huge parking lot on your right, park there. Walk along the north side of the lake to reach the Aid 1 and Timing Tent.

What roles are available and what's involved with each role?

Please see below for a complete list of the roles.

Volunteer Roles

Race Day Setup

Unload supplies, set-up tables and canopies, deliver food/drinks to Aid stations, fill water containers, etc.

Course Setup

Set-up course equipment, mark course, etc.

Participant Sign In

Welcome participants, provide race packet, bib number/chip, check weight of participants.

Volunteer Sign In

Check in volunteers, directions to their assignment location, distribute t-shirts, etc.

Aid Station 1

Prepare food (cut fruits, bars, etc), keep adequate supply of food/drinks on tables, keep areas clean and organized, fill large water containers, etc.

Aid Station 2

Prepare food (cut bars, etc), keep adequate supply of food/drinks on tables, keep areas clean and organized, fill large water containers, etc. There is less food at this Aid station.

Lap Counter

Accurately record participant laps and times. Each volunteer is assigned a specific number of participants. This volunteer group is also a cheering section and in charge of the cowbell. :)

Short Lap Counter

The participants go to a short lap course during the last one hour for each race. Accurately record participant lap and times.


Assist race director/volunteer coordinator. Run errands as needed. Periodically pick up donated or purchased food during the race (pizza's, etc). Help keep aid stations supplied with ice. Supply toilet paper to porta potties, etc.

Safety Patrol

Walk in the opposite direction of the course, have phones/walkie-talkies to use if aid is needed, have flashlights.


MD, RN, LPN, EMT, DO: Monitor health of race participants. Weigh participants every 4 hrs starting at noon. Compare weight to pre race weight. Advise participants if weight is beyond % limits.


Provide musical entertainment on the course, near Aid Station 1 or Aid Station 2.


Capture event participants and volunteers in action.

Still have questions? Please Email Volunteer Coordinators.