1. What do I need to become a volunteer at the Athens Half Marathon?

2. I am a highschool student, can I become a volunteer at the Athens Half Marathon?

3. When can I submit the volunteer application form for the Athens Half Marathon?

4. What are the available volunteer opportunities?

5. Can I choose the position?

6. Can I be together with my friends?

7. How will I know if and where I am placed?

8. I collected the event's T-shirt and the accreditation, but I did not participate the day of the Race. Also, I did not inform my team leader about my absence. Will there be any problem?

9. How long is a volunteer shift?

10. Is it compulsory to remain until the end at the position assigned?

11. Is there any training before the race? 

12. Can I run one of the races and volunteer after?

13. How can I cancel my participation? Can I send some friend in my place?

14. While I volunteer, can I have my children with me?

15. What do volunteers wear on the day of the event?

16. Is there a personal items storage area available on theday of the event?

17. If, the weather is bad, it is rainy, will the race run?

18. If I lose the T-shirt or it gets ruined, can I replace it?

19. Do I have to return the clothes and the accreditation after the end of the race?

20. Do I need to have specific skills or qualifications in order to volunteer?

21. Do I have to be an Athenian to volunteer?

22. How can I be certain that I receive the e-mails sent by the Volunteer Program?

23. Who gets the participation certificate, when and how?

 

 

1. What do I need to become a volunteer at the Athens Half Marathon? where can I find information about the application and the participation in general?

To become a volunteer at the Athens Half Marathon, you should be over 18 years old and fill in the volunteer application form. All the information about the application, and the participation in the volunteer programme in general is found in the site of the race, section VOLUNTEERS/APPLICATION 

 

2. I am a student, can I become a volunteer at the Athens Half Marathon?

No, unless you go to a school or are member of a club that participates in the Volunteering Program of the event. You can also take part if companied by an adult volunteer.

 

3. When can I submit the volunteer application form for the Athens Half Marathon?

The volunteer application form will be available from 10-JAN-2018 to 20-FEB-2018 .

 

4. What are the available volunteer opportunities?

In order to check all available volunteer opportunites you may visit section “Volunteering Sections

 

 5. Can I choose the position?

When filling in the application, one has the choice of position or station, provided there is space available. However, in the end all volunteers may be assigned in any position or volunteer opportunity according to the needs of the races.

 

6. Can I be together with my friends?

Yes, provided that you state it in the relevant field. For more than 3 friends, it is best to use the same name as reference.

 

7. How will I know if and where I am placed?

About a month before the race, you will be sent an e-mail with all the information. You will also be prompted to accept or deny the specific position.

 

8. I collected the T-shirt and the accreditation, but I did not participate the day of the Race. Also, I did not inform my team leader about my being absent. Will there be any problem?

Well actually the problem will be the day of the Race when your position will be vacant and those who counted on you never learnt beforehand about it. Above and beyond this, those who do not parcitipcate and do not inform about the absence, do not really care about the Race, so next time they apply for, they simply will not be accepted.

 

9. How long is a volunteer shift?

Each shift depends on the race that supports. Starting time is between 7:00am-8.00 and ending time is between 13:00 to 14:00 PM.

 

10. Is it compulsory to stay at the position assigned until the end?

Volunteering is not practiced out of obligation. All volunteers are given the opportunity to accept or reject the position offered. Once they accept, commitment to the position assigned is expected alike any other of our everyday life, and it is essential like in every project or goal to fully accept all terms pertaining as well as the directions of the team leader.

 

11. Is there any training before the Race?

There are two short sessions; the first is the general introductory one delivered by the Volunteer Programme, aiming to present to newcomers the races, the volunteer programme, all general information. The second is the specialised one delivered by the team leader of the position in order to present the position and the details of its operation. The general is taking place a month before the races while the specialised one takes place the day before or the same day on the field of races. 

 

12. Can I run one of the races and offer my services as a volunteer thereafter?

No, in this race, one cannot be a volunteer and a runner simultaneously as the volunteer shift time coinsides with the running one.

 

13. How do I cancel my application? Can I send some friend in my place?

Volunteering participation is cancelled in writing, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that the desk proceeds to replacement with another already registered volunteer. .

No volunteer can just simply send a friend. Any change or replacement is valid only once produced by the volunteers programme, in order to proceed to replacement with one of the volunteers already registered ther reason being: ALL volunteers participating in Athens Half Marathon are insured, preventively, like all the personel for the day of the race. Plus, all volunteers wear their personal accreditation and are listed in the team leaders attendance. Thus noone can simply show up and participate.

 

15. While I volunteer, can I have my children with me?

On the day of the event, many of the areas where the races take place are overcrowded, therefore your children would need appropriate supervision. If you wish to bring your children with you, it is preferable to choose a support station to offer your services where the environment is relatively safer.

 

15. What do volunteers wear on the day of the event?

All volunteers must wear the T-shirt of the event and their personal accreditation. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

 

16. Is there a personal items storage area available?

No, there is no special personal items storage area and all volunteers are prompted to carry only the items that are absolutely necessary for personal use.

 

17. If, the weather is bad, it is rainy, will the race run?

The race will take place under any weather conditions unless there are exceptional circumstances that require the delay, the postponement or the cancellation of the race.

 

18. If I lose the T-shirt or it gets ruined, can I replace it?

No, it is the responsibility of the volunteer to keep the T-shirt of the event intact until the day of the race.

 

19. Do I have to return the clothes and the accreditation that I collected after the end of the race? 

No. Whatever you receive is a memorabilia of the event.

 

20. Do I need specific skills or special qualifications in order to volunteer?

No specific skills or requirements are needed in most of the volunteer opportunities, even if every station has its own specifications in order to satisfy the positions needs in terms of supporting the runners and the race. ΅What is absolutely necessary is the smile, the good will, feeling good to work with other people, being ready and eager to live the unique moments when offering sellflessly.

New Half Marathon volunteers are expected to attend the general training session in order to get acquainted with the race. Past and experienced volunteers are also prompted to attend it in order to remember details of the race, the field and get the whole image of the coming race.  

 

21. Do I have to be an Athenia in order to volunteer?

No, everybody is welcome to join our team, however, if you a non Athenian resident you will have to take care on your own accommodation the nights before the race.

 

22. How can I be certain that I receive the e-mails sent by the Volunteering Program?

All the information that is sent by email is already posted in the site of the race, at section VOLUNTEERS/NEWS-ANNOUNCEMENTS and for your ease at the volunteer social media pages (Facebook & Viber).

The sole message that is not posted is the placement one because it is personal for every volunteer and it is sent at the e-mail address noted in the volunteer application. For more information or clarifications, volunteers and anyone interested are kindly asked to contact the Volunteers Desk. 

 

The Volunteering Program occasionally sents group e-mails. Please be aware that several e-mail service providers and spam filters redirect our e-mails to the Spam / Junk mail folders of the users or even prevent their receipt. For this reason we advise you to monitor both your e-mail and your spam folder.

 

23. Who gets the participation certificate, when and how?

All volunteers who are recorded present in the attendance list of their team leader are eligible to the certificate of participation.

The certificate electronic and is abailable to download or print two weeks after the race. All information is found in the site.