Volunteers still needed for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. - About 2,200 volunteers are needed for the Olympic trials in Eugene.
So Track Town USA is asking for your help.
There are over 1,800 people signed up to volunteer for the Olympic trials this summer.
That number has gone up since the Eugene Marathon, but the volunteer coordinator says we still need more people.
"We couldn't do anything without them," said Stephanie Bohannon, the volunteer coordinator for Track Town USA.
"Everyone always says they want to be right on the field in the center of the action. And what they don't always realize is that there are center of the action roles behind the scenes, " Bohannon said.
Bohannon said volunteers do everything. Some roles include being a non-competition marshal. "Seeing athletes right before they head out to competition, how they're getting ready. Athlete hospitality, helping out in the fields like that," she said.
Other volunteer positions include guest services, where you greet people and direct them through security into historic Hayward Field, and transportation volunteers welcome athletes at the airport to take them to their hotels, days before the event.
"You're the first person the athlete sees when they arrive here on site," said Bohannon.
Dr. Lorne Bigley has volunteered behind the scenes at the Olympic trials before. He said spending time with the athletes off the track is one of the best parts.
"It's really fun talking with them. They'll predict, she's going to come in first, she's going to come in second, she's going to come in third. And it's exactly what happens," said Bigley.
The Track Town USA video for the trials calls the event and sport a dynamic and entertaining.
Bohannon says her favorite part about volunteering is meeting everyone who arrives.
"It's really exciting to hear the stories of everyone who comes from out of town, both families and individuals who are here, just excited to be apart of the event," she said.
She says they have a diverse group of volunteers, ranging in age and experience, "We're looking for everyone to come in and feel like they are one of the citizens that's making this a really special part of the event."
A majority of registered volunteers from the Eugene and Springfield area."Because they have a pride in being a citizen of track town USA," said Bohannon.
But the excitement surrounding the trials extends past state lines. "We're trying to spread the word of track town USA throughout the entire country. And you don't just have to be a member of the Eugene community or Springfield community. To feel that citizenship.," said Bohannon.
Tracktown USA places volunteers in their positions based on experience and need.
You can register to volunteer online.
The Olympic trials are held from July 1-10.
Tickets are also available and are selling at a brisk pace ahead of sales in 2012.
There are still single day tickets on sale.
And all 8-day session tickets available as well.