Twin Cities in Motion

TCM Association

What does it mean to be a year-round volunteer?

As a nonprofit organization, we depend on the efforts of our volunteers to make our events a success.

 

The Twin Cities In Motion Association is made up of more than 350 dedicated volunteers split into 9 divisions working year-round to plan all of the events and activities including spring events, marathon race weekend, and many others.

 

As leaders within the organization, association members are eligible to nominate for the Board of Directors, receive great gear, and celebrate in style at the Association Banquet in October. If you are interested in joining the TCM Association, please complete the TCM Association Interest form at the bottom of this page. You can also review a list of our current openings below. If you have any questions regarding the divisions listed below, contact Kelli Bartholow, Volunteer and Community Outreach Manager at 651-289-7707 or volunteer@tcmevents.org

 

TCM Office Division

 

Course Communications Team – 2 positions available

 

Key Job Requirements:

  • FOR SAFETY REASONS, WE CANNOT ALLOW VOLUNTEERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IN THIS POSITION

  • Work with Course Captain to learn race course

  • Use personal vehicle to aid in hanging outside ROAD CLOSED signs near intersections along the course route approximately one week prior to the event

  • Help with course mailings

 

Skill Set:

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License

  • Strong communication skills

  • Navigation skills

  • Self-starter, driven and committed to ongoing change and continued improvement

  • A positive attitude!

 

 

Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay and 5K Division:

 

Head Course Marshal – 7 position available

Head Course Marshals are essential for a safe and efficient Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay and 5K course. The Volunteer Manager on Staff will help with this process. As a Head Course Marshal, your responsibility is to ensure the safety of your Course Marshal volunteers, as well as each race participant. The duties to ensure volunteer and runner safety are not complex, but they are important. All unofficial vehicles and spectators must stay off the course, and runners must stay on the course (unless they are stopping for aid, porta-potties, or nourishment).

 

Responsibilities:

  • Be familiar with assigned section of course (usually 1 - 3 miles), including intersections and locations of aid/fluid stations 

  • Recruit and lead assigned course marshal volunteers on race day

  • Be familiar with emergency procedures and carry resources from TCM to ensure safety of participants and volunteers on course

  • Manage barricade setup and breakdown using proper procedures

  • Must attend Head Course Marshal meeting at the Twin Cities In Motion office (2635 University Ave W, Suite 190)

 

Skill Set:

  • Must have a bike to carry out the duties assigned as a Head Course Marshal

  • Above average communication skills, and ability to provide direction

  • A positive attitude!

 

Volunteer Recruitment Division

 

Course Volunteer Recruitment Co-Chair – 1 position available

Help with recruitment of volunteers for to be Course Marshals along the marathon and ten mile course on Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, and manage volunteers on event day.

 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Accountable for volunteer needs/instructions within said divisions/committee (creation, updates, and submission annually)

  • Ensure proper documentation of position exists and is stored and updated at TCM

  • Responsible for direct communication with race weekend course volunteers

  • Support volunteer recruitment through promotion within your networks in the Twin Cities community (TCM is founded on the connection and support of its volunteers)

  • Monitor and communicate volunteer registration/gaps within your counterpart division

  • Attend committee (volunteer and counterpart division) meetings as scheduled

  • Discuss and cultivate best practices with the committee

  • Ensure a positive volunteer experience (starting with check-in)

  • Partner and integrate your role within counterparts on the TCM Association (Race Operations Division/Course Co-Chairs)

 

Commitment

  • Volunteer and assist in coordination for a minimum of 2 additional TCM events throughout the year (TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run, Valentine’s Day TC 5K, Hot Dash 5K & 10 Mile, Medtronic TC 1 Mile, TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run, Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay and 5K, Fifteen’s 5K, and Marathon Weekend Race Packet Assembly)

  • Significant time commitment during the entire marathon race weekend (includes Saturday, Sunday and parts of Thursday and/or Friday depending on your area of expertise)

  • Attend 2 in person committee meetings and conference calls as needed (subject to change based on effective email communication within committee)

  • Attend 1-2 meetings with counterpart committee (meetings determined with division based on volunteer needs discussions)

 

Skill Set:

  • Communication skills & management of other volunteers

  • Self-starter, driven and committed to ongoing change and continued improvement

  • A positive attitude!

  • Ability to work early in the morning on race day

 

 

Events & Services Division

 

Expo Seminar Captain – 1 position available      

Secure and manage seminar speakers for the Expo maximizing timely content and sponsor relationships.

 

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Create and coordinate seminar vision, content themes and sponsorship opportunities with TCM leadership and/or Events Division Director; identify subject matter topics and speakers related to strategic needs of TCM.

  • Recruit, manage and host seminar speakers for the Health & Fitness Expo while maximizing TCM brand, revenue opportunities, and sponsor & community partner relationships.

  • Onsite management of seminars during the Expo.

  • Collaborate with Sales Director on “sessions sold” as part of sponsorship packages

  • Collaborate with Events Manager on headline speaker and other high profile speakers/organizations

  • Manage the process of inviting speakers, outlining potential topics and desired outcomes, providing all logistics information, ensuring the TCM staff is able to promote across channels the speakers and topics, and post-event follow-up

  • Onsite management of sessions

 

Key Skill Sets:

  • Effective and formal communication skills: written and verbal.

  • Ability to motivate subject area experts and/or marketing department to volunteer their time and expertise.

  • Strategy breakdown to action (understanding how this impacts the strategic plans of TCM and specifically marathon weekend activities)

  • Ability to manage each step—from planning through execution

  • Timeliness

  • Attention to detail

  • Competency and comfort addressing large groups of people

  • Ability to adjust to technical difficulties and sudden changes, determine new courses of action, and problem solving on the spot in a professional manner. 

  • Execute within allocated budget

 

Marketing & Public Relations Division

 

Communications and Public Relations (CPR) Committee Member  – 1 position available

The CPR committee supports TCM staff's communication and public relations initiatives that help drive TCM’s brand and media relations for the organization’s various audiences including local, industry, and national media. A large portion of the committee's efforts are in engaging participants via social media.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with committee members, committee chair and TCM staff to develop and execute communications, media relations, and social media projects that advance the Twin Cities in Motion mission.

  • Assisting with communications coverage at events (producing social media content, assisting with interviews and media, gathering video footage, etc.).

  • Assist with periodic projects outside event schedule as needed.

 

Qualifications include:

  • Experience and interest in communications and public relations

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Professional social media experience preferred; video editing skills a plus

  • Enthusiasm for Twin Cities In Motion mission

 

Time requirements:

Committee volunteers should plan to attend one monthly meeting and one to two of TCM’s year-round events in addition to marathon weekend in early October.

  

Race Operations Division

 

Operational Photos  – 1 position available

Race Operations Center (ROC)  – 1 position available

Finish Line Logistics Committee Member  – 1 position available

Finish Line Committee Member  – 1 position available

 

TCM Association Interest Form

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Division Descriptions

Volunteer Recruitment (Primarily fall)
Youth Programs (Year-round)
Office Support (Year-round)
Race Operations (Summer-fall)
Events & Services (Primarily fall)
Medtronic TC 1 Mile (May)
Red, White & Boom! (July 4) 
Spring Events (February and March) 
Marketing & Public Relations (Year-round)

Volunteer Recruitment Committee

Kari Wynnemer, Division Director

 

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

Youth Programs

Mary Ross, Youth Programs Division Director

 

The Youth Programs Division is responsible for providing a venue for schools, youth organizations and families to participate in year-round events. The events include a fall 10K, 5K Run/Walk, mile, half mile, Toddler Trot, Diaper Dash, and Family Activities Tent on Saturday of marathon weekend. In addition, the committee is responsible for the Medtronic TC Kids Marathon which includes a spring cross-country run with distances of two mile/mile/half-mile and a winter indoor track run to promote healthy lifestyles in families and youth. Youth Programs is also responsible for the Community Partners committee who oversees the Youth fitness Partners, College Scholarship and Global Heroes selections.

Office Support (Technology, Registration, Office)

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.

Race Operations

Paul Hajduk, Division Director

 

The Race Operations Division is responsible for the organization and management of the marathon and 10 mile races. These committees are 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 events, literally from the start to the finish. Committees include: Aid Stations, Course, Equipment, Finish Line (secured), Logistics (Capitol Grounds), Logistics (Course), Medical, Rules & Officiating, Start Line, Sweats and Transportation.

Events & Services

Kris Luneau, Division Director

 

The Events & Services Division organizes and plans all additional events for the participants and community outreach. The division responsibilities include: kick-off parties, sponsor events, packet stuffing party, Pasta Party, Health & Fitness Expo, special VIP receptions, Sunday worship service, Corporate Team Challenge, Charter Club, course entertainment, Expo seminars, hospitality Expo suite, packet pick-up, information booths, family meeting area, VIP tent, 27th Mile, and massage tent.

 

The Professional Athlete Recruiting committee enhances the stature of the event in the racing community by recruiting pro athletes to compete for National Championships and substantial prize purses.

Medtronic TC 1 Mile

Brent Reykdal, Division Director

 

The TC 1 Mile Division is responsible for the management of the one-mile event, literally from the start to the finish. These committees are 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 Elite Recruiting. Race Operations (start, course, finish) has the responsibility for all aspects of planning, organization and management of the race.

Red, White & Boom!

The Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon division is responsible for executing the half marathon from registration to post race clean up and everything in between. This division brings a great community of participants and volunteers to celebrate July 4th with a great run around Northeast Minneapolis.

Spring Events

The Spring Events division is responsible for executing Twin Cities In Motion's newest race, the Hot Dash 5K & 10 Mile as well as the Valentine's Day TC 5K. This division has the responsibility for all aspects of managing the events, literally from the start to the finish.

Marketing & Public Relations Division

Kathy Petron, Division Director

 

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/marathon branding is also conveyed through the selection and design of merchandise made available for purchase throughout the year.