It's National Volunteer Week
It’s National Volunteer Week, and it’s time to celebrate the thousands of volunteers who support Twin Cities In Motion (TCM)! We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and time!
Check out the volunteer appreciation video we created as a way to say thank you! The video highlights our events, and truly paints a picture of the impact volunteers have on TCM. We hope you enjoy it!
Learn about the various divisions of the TCM Association below – each division plays a different role in keeping us in motion throughout the year!
The Race Operations Division is responsible for the organization and operation of thefall marathon and ten mile race. This committee is focused on the safety and security of every participant and volunteer during the races. Race Operations has the responsibility for all aspects of planning, organization and management of the races, from the start to the finish.
The Marketing and Public Relations (MPR) Division is responsible for helping promote Twin Cities In Motion, Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend and other events throughout the year. It does so through media relations, mascot appearances, special promotions, social media, communications pieces, market research and more. This division is an integral part of maintaining the image and brand of the organization. The TCM and marathon event branding is also conveyed through the selection and design of merchandise made available for purchase throughout the year. MPR Committees include: Marketing, Communications and Public Relations (CPR), and Merchandise.
The Volunteers Division is responsible for helping to recruit volunteers for all TCM events and to manage volunteers from check-in until they leave their assigned area. More than 6,000 volunteers are needed for TCM events throughout the year. It is the goal of the Volunteer Division to not only help ensure that all areas are fully staffed with volunteers as needed, but also to make sure that each volunteer feels welcomed and appreciated at all TCM events.
The Youth Programs Division is responsible for providing opportunities for schools, youth organizations and families to participate in year-round events. The events are currently in February (TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run), May (TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run) and October (TC 5K Run/Walk, TC 10K, One Mile, Half Mile, Toddler Trot, Diaper Dash and the Family Activity Tent) on Saturday of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend. In addition, the committee has input and interacts with the Medtronic TC Kids Marathon Program, which is both an online and event-based program with imbedded culminating events in our existing calendar. Youth Programs also includes our Community Partners/Outreach Committee, which oversees the Youth Fitness Partner collaboration, the selection of our college scholarship winners and Medtronic’s Global Heroes.
The Events & Services Division organizes and plans all supplementary events to marathon week. The division is responsible for the following events: Pasta Party, Health & Fitness Expo (seminars and packet pick up), VIP reception, worship service, and the Fall Association Meeting and Association Appreciation Banquet. The Corporate Team Challenge, Charter Club, Course Entertainment, information booth, VIP Tent, and 27th Mile committees work to enhance the runner and spectator experience. Also within Events & Services, the Professional Recruiting committee enhances the stature of the event in the racing community by recruiting and coordinating hospitality for professional athletes to compete for National Championships and substantial prize purses.
The TC 1 Mile Division is responsible for the management of the one-mile event, from the start to the finish. This division is focused on the safety and security of every participant and volunteer during the race. The division is made up of two groups, Race Operations and Professional Recruiting. Race Operations (start, course, finish) has the responsibility for all aspects of planning, organization and management of the race. Professional Recruiting brings in professional athletes to compete in the race.
The Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon Division is responsible for the management of the half marathon event, registration all the way to post-race clean up. The division focuses on the safety and security of every participant and volunteer during the race. The division has the responsibility for all aspects of planning, organization and management of the race, from the start to the finish including a two-person relay.
The Office Support Division is made up of three separate committees: The Registration Committee, Technology Committee and Office Committee. The Registration Committee is responsible for working at the Help Desk, Chip Assembly and Packet Pickup for all TCM events. The Technology Committee is responsible for looking at how technology can be used to improve TCM’s internal process as well as to provide a better experience for runners, spectators, volunteers and sponsors. The Office Committee is responsible for general office duties as needed, such as mailings or fulfillments, and provides support in the temporary office on Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend.
And, we're still growing!
This year, we've added new volunteer committees to organize the Valentine's Day TC 5K, presented by Marathon Sports, and the 100% Irish for a Day TC 5K and TC 10 Mile, presented by Marathon Sports!