1. Part Safety Officer: Our first priority is to provide a safe course for our runners. Course Marshals are positioned throughout the course usually at intersections and are responsible for directing runners at turns. Course Marshals can leave their post when the sweeper team comes by to tell you that last runner has come through.
2. Keeping Runners on Course: As soon as you see a runner, begin to signal with your hands and your voice which direction or turn they are supposed to make. Often runners get in a zone and need plenty of advance warning to know which way to head.
3. Part Traffic Cop: Course Marshals are positioned at intersections that are blocked for traffic. Responsible for keeping cars off the course and maintaining a safe environment for runners. The more heavily traveled intersections usually are accompanied by police officers.
4. Part Cheerleader: Cheer the runners on – it’s a fun course, for some runners it will be their first race. Get up, get excited, and keep them moving! Be creative, wear a funny hat or costume – you’ll be part of the inspiration that keeps the runners moving. Do not tell runners they are 'almost there' no matter where you are on the course. Use words of encouragement like “Good job!” “Keep going!” “Dig deep, you can do it!"