are essential for the SDKC. Join us for the following duties:
Help racers unload vehicles, provide answers about Yankton
and the course and check-in racers. We need 5-10 people, depending
on the number of racers, but the more the merrier. These duties
take place from around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon until that
evening, all at Riverside Park in Yankton.
set up: On Saturday morning between 5-7 a.m., we
would love to have you join us to help racers get up, get
ready and be set for the 7 a.m. starting gun. We work together
to make sure people are in the right place as the event starts,
assisting unsupported crews with their boats and gear. Volunteers
who want to see the start and don’t mind an early wake-up
– this is a perfect place to get involved at Riverside
Park in Yankton.
This is a priority volunteer assignment, as staff and volunteers
host four checkpoints between Myron Grove Access and the finish
line throughout the event. The first one opens between 8-9
a.m., while the rest will open as the race progresses. At
each, we need volunteers to record racers’ boat numbers,
cheer them on, and provide them with ice and water, and other
general duties. We expect to have volunteers on site throughout
the race, but won’t ask anyone to work late –
unless they are game.
out the website's tab called "The
Course" to see where the checkpoints are located.
Volunteers on checkpoints will get training on their operation
when they arrive.
safety/spotters: This volunteer opportunity is open
to any powered watercraft. We are looking for fishing and
recreation powered boats that can shepherd our paddlers on
the course. The key role of on-water staff is communication
and observation. We will need boats and volunteers in this
area from 6:30 a.m. until approx. 11 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers
will be asked to patrol specific areas only, unless they feel
compelled to travel from start to finish.
safety/spotters (pictured): Checkpoint staff often
designated spotters, but if you’d like to help in this
role, we can find places along the route where you can spot
boats and relay information to the staff and our checkpoints.
Hours for this post would be from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m.
line staff: At the finish line, we’ll record
the finishing time of racers as hit the finish line on the
Missouri River near our South Sioux City finish HQ. We'll
also assist racers as they finish with their boats and gear.
Celebrating their accomplishments is a big part of the finish-line
duties and they go from approx. 4-11 p.m. Saturday night.
sign up to volunteer - email volunteer
(at) sdkayakchallenge (dot) org