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Twin Lights Ride volunteering
Twin Lights Ride volunteering
Volunteer Opportunity

Twin Lights Ride

Five route options showcase the gorgeous seaside vistas, rolling hills, and farmland of New Jersey.

Overview

Centered around the Navesink Twin Lights just up the hill from Huddy Park in Highlands, New Jersey, this ride showcases the best of the Garden State—coastal panoramas, undulating hills, quaint rural farms, and much more. Whether stationed at the start/finish in Huddy Park, helping folks refuel at rest areas, or fixing flats on the road, volunteers play a huge role in making this a special day for some 2500 cyclists.

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Important Details

Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2022

Duration of shift: 3 – 11 hours, depending on role

Location: Highlands, NJ

Age Restriction: Volunteers must be 14+ on the day of the event. Some volunteer positions are restricted to those 18+.

Registration: All volunteers must register in advance of the event.

Perks: Volunteers will receive a complimentary breakfast and/or lunch, t-shirt, early registration access for 2023 events, a 50% discount on registration for the 2023 Discover Hudson Valley and Twin Lights Rides, and (if needed) a free ferry ticket from NYC to Highlands, NJ on ride day.

Volunteer Positions

RIDING MarshalS

  • Duration of Shift: 5-11 hours, depending on route
  • Bike repair skills required
  • Volunteers in this role must be 18+ by September 17, 2022
  • Volunteers must bring their own bike

 

Riding Marshals ride provide safety and direction to riders along the route. Their responsibilities include helping participants with flats and bike repair, responding to road emergencies, providing information to participants and spectators, and helping stationary marshals wherever needed. -Volunteers in this role should have some bike repair experience. Riding Marshals must be 18 years of age or older by September 17, 2022. Riding Marshals must be able to ride the entire route for which they sign up (15, 30, 55, 75, or 100 miles). Riding Marshals must attend one virtual orientation before the event.

SWEEPS

  • Duration of Shift: 5-11 hours, depending on route
  • Bike repair skills required
  • Volunteers in this role must be 18+ by September 17, 2022
  • Volunteers must bring their own bike

 

Bike Sweeps provide safety and direction to those riders at the back of the pack. Their responsibilities include helping participants with flats and bike repair, responding to road emergencies, providing information to participants and spectators, and helping stationary marshals wherever needed. Note that volunteers in this role will be riding behind the slowest rider on their route. Sweeps must be 18 years of age or older by September 17, 2022. Sweeps must be able to ride the entire route for which they sign up (15, 30, 55, 75, or 100 miles). Sweeps must attend one virtual orientation before the event.

POST MARSHALS

  • Duration of Shift: 5-8 hours, depending on post
  • Volunteers in this role must be 18+ by September 17, 2022
  • Volunteers must bring their own bike

 

Post Marshals are stationed along the route in potentially confusing or dangerous areas, and are assigned to complete specific tasks in their area. Responsibilities include: alerting participants to road conditions, assisting with road emergencies, encouraging slow riders, and providing information to participants, spectators, and nearby residents. While most of the role will be stationary, Post Marshals should bring their own bike and must be comfortable riding to their post in the morning and back to the Finish when they’ve finished their assignments. Post Marshals must attend one virtual orientation before the event.

FERRY GREETERS

  • Duration of Shift: 3 hours

 

New York City-based Ferry Greeters check-in and assist participants and volunteers as they board the ferry in lower Manhattan. Ferry Greeter volunteers may board the 8:00 AM ferry if they wish. Highlands-based Ferry Greeters welcome participants and volunteers as they arrive, then direct them towards registration.

START & FINISH AREA VOLUNTEERS

  • Duration of Shift: 6-7 hours

 

Start & Finish Area Volunteers cover a multitude of important tasks including the setup and breakdown of the start and finish area, directing bike traffic, preparing and helping with breakfast, registration, and providing information to participants and spectators. Start & Finish Area Volunteers do not need to bring a bike.

REST AREA VOLUNTEERS

  • Duration of Shift: 4-8 hours, depending on rest area

 

Rest Area Volunteers cover a multitude of important tasks including the setup and breakdown of rest areas, directing bike traffic, preparing and handing out snacks and drinks, and providing information to participants and spectators. Rest Area Volunteers do not need to bring a bike, but they must be able to travel directly to the rest area.