Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Upcoming Philadelphia Bicycling Volunteer Opportunity

Back On My Feet is looking for nighttime bicycling volunteers to help marshal their 20in24 ultra-marathon on July 16th-17th.  This is a great opportunity to bicycle the Schuylkill River Trail at an unusual hour and help out a very worthy cause.

Back On My Feet is the renown Philadelphia-founded nonprofit which helps homeless men and women obtain self-sufficiency through running.  They are putting on the Stroehmann Back On My Feet 20in24 ultra-marathon on July 16th-17th.  To ensure the safety of participants running for 24 straight hours(!!!), the organizers are looking for squads of 10-12 safety bicycles and 10 medical bicycles to work the course in 4 hour shifts.

What you need:

  • A bicycle, helmet, and lights.
  • Snacks and water bottle.
  • Four hours (or more, if you want to do multiple shifts).
What you'll get:

  • Free apparel, food, and gift certificates to local businesses.
  • The beautiful and moving experience of biking the Schuylkill River Trail at sunset or sunrise, moonset or moonrise.
  • That warm, fuzzy, volunteer feeling.
  • Getting exercise alongside people getting a lot of exercise.

This is a good activity for bike groups, cycling buddies, family or friends.  Interested in volunteering?  Check out their volunteer page.  For more information on the event itself, look here.