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Turkey Trot Volunteers

Join the fun of the Parade before the Parade and become a member of the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot Volunteer Corps!! No matter where your interest lies there are plenty of opportunities from now until the big day! It’s a great way to get your Thanksgiving off to a running start!

There are volunteer positions for everyone – whether you prefer to be on the course or provide support indoors – on Thanksgiving morning or earlier in the month. If you’re willing to donate a couple hours or more we can use you. Without our amazing volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer this great event! All volunteers receive a Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot t-shirt.


Before the Race:

  • November 16-23  Packet Pick-up – Help with registration and distribution of bibs and t-shirts at our pick-up locations. Familiarity with computers and great customer service required. This is an indoor position.
  • November 26  Michigan Room Set Up – Assist with organizing in TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center) before Expo opens. This is an indoor position.

Wednesday & Thursday, November 27 & 28

  • Expo Registration and Pick-up – Distribute bib numbers and shirts to participants at TCF Center. Indoor position.
  • Start Line Operations – Help organize the start area, distribute signage, assist in crowd direction and control, clean-up. Outdoor position.
  • Course Marshal – Volunteers make sure the runners stay on course and watch out for any safety issues. Outdoor position.
  • Finish Chutes – Assist runners with medals and water. Outdoor position.
  • Cheer Stations – Encourage runners with noisemakers, music & loud voices. Outdoor position.
  • Finish Line Operations – Assist with set-up and tear-down of finish areas, help with crowd direction, control and clean-up. Outdoor position.
  • Michigan Room Food Distribution – Assist in organization and distribution of refreshments to runners. Indoor position.
  • Water Stations – Supply runners with liquid and/or cookies. Outdoor position.
  • Anywhere I Can – Help with any areas that need assistance.

If you have questions, please email Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Anderson,

For a complete list of available positions, please DOWNLOAD the Volunteer Descriptions here.

Click here for the 2019 Volunteer Registration page!