COURSE MARSHAL OVERVIEW:
Volunteer Course Marshals are critical safety and support elements during the event. While Course Marshals are assigned to placements along the race routes, they are NEVER intended to direct traffic in any way. Law enforcement and/or traffic management devices and signs are responsible for ALL traffic management functions.
Course Marshals are in place to serve the following functions:
1. Ensure participants remain on-course, particularly in potentially confusing intersections.
2. Serve as additional eyes/ears on the course and points of contact for Happy Half Marathon Staff and Support.
3. Awareness for residents and motorists who may seek to ask questions like “what is going on today” or “is there a better way to go to avoid the route”
4. Assistance to Law Enforcement as they see fit, most likely to answer questions from residents so the Law Enforcement can focus on managing traffic. Also may be asked by law enforcement to assist with line-of-sight issues in difficult locations. At all times, course marshals will yield to the needs of law enforcement and race staff.
5. Special verbal commands to participants. In some cases Course Marshals are placed in locations that may call for special notifications. Examples include: “RIGHT TURN AHEAD” in a section with difficult sightlines; “5k Mile Turn Left, 1/ 2 Marathon Straight” at points where the courses split.
Course Marshal locations and assignments will be made in advance. Each Course Marshal will receive a description of the location and the expected times for the first and last participant. Course Marshals should wait to leave their post until they see the follow vehicle to make sure we are present for all the athletes.
Course Marshals should be prepared for weather, pay special attention to the weather forecast and be prepared for heat, cold, and rain. In the case of severe weather, please seek shelter immediately. If you are driving to your location, please park off the race route on a side street and you must park in a legal parking spot.
Emergency Contact Numbers (keep this with you)
Doug Bush: 716-499-2300
Call 911 for medical emergency