Volunteer-Finish Line

Welcome every skier with enthusiasm. Removing timing chip. Set up and tear down of the finish line.

Be warned, for a few hours, the Finish Line is a Mad House filled with Chaos. The roles are easy to learn and don’t require much training but you must be flexible in your outlook in life, client-focused, and go home hoarse from cheering!

Who is In Charge?

Victoria has been timing sporting events since forever. As a result, she knows timing inside and out because she has done it for swimming, orienteering, cross country skiing, and the Birkie.

She is over-flowing with enthusiasm and is an IT Techie. When not timing events, she is reading a good book, seeing what her two cats have gotten up to, or enjoying life with family and friends.

  • 060-Finish-Chief
  • 061-Finish Line Helper – Setup
  • 062-Finish Line Helper – Core
  • 063-Finish Line Helper – Tead Down

Context For All Roles

There are two roles, the chief and a multi-function helper. The helper role includes: Setup and Tear Down, Chip removal, Chip Sorting, Marshalling, Packing weighing, and Timer.

Safety Considerations: Volunteers work outside. Dress appropriate for the condition. Hazards are the drive out to the site, weather conditions and slipping. Safety vests, cow bells and Viking horns are provided for personal protection (okay, just the vests fill that role).

Location: At the Stadium – Finish Line area, Waskahegan.

Training: Virtual/in-person briefing in January will be required. An in-person award organization meeting will be held closer to the Birkie. Attendance at the Volunteer Orientation the week of the Birkie is highly recommended. Awards Lead will provide mentorship and guidance.

Roles Needed

Role SpecificsRole Details
Role ID, Area and Title:060-Finish-Chief
DescriptionFinish Line Management of the finish lines and finish area for the Loppet including compliance with CCA regulations, timing, appearance, viewing opportunities of the finish area
Volunteer RequirementsThis is a right and left brain role. You must be able to plan for the technical details of setting up a compliant timing system. While skiers are finishing, encourage great gobs of cheering. As energy fades later in the day, dig deep and find more cheering encouragement. After being hoarse, switch to the very technical timing results. Also, some skiers are exhausted so be prepared for the occasional irate individual. Right brain, stretch; Left brain, STRETCHhhhhhhh.
When NeededPlanning starts in the fall and then the Chief is onsite the Birkie week until. He/she is the first and last person to see the stadium.
Times NeededPlan for 10-30 hours prior to the Birkie week over the fall and then a very long Birkie-day followed by clean up and debriefing.
Number Needed2
060-Finish-Chief
Role SpecificsRole Details
Role ID, Area and Title:061-Finish Line Helper
DescriptionHelp to set up and test the Zone4.ca time equipment, prepare the finish line for the hordes of skiers coming your way, warming up your vocal cords one the keeners who finish incredibly fast!
Volunteer RequirementsSome technical knowledge is desirable but not required. Willingness to do what is necessary, jump in with enthusiasm, and do whatever is needed to get ready for the skiers is essential. Warm clothing, good humour, a head lamp, and willingness to get up early!
When NeededBirkie Saturday, Feb 10
Times NeededShifts: Setup (early Saturday AM), Core (mid-morning to 5pm), Tear Down (late Saturday)
Number Needed3 Volunteers: 07am to 11am
061-Finish-Finish Line Helper
Role SpecificsRole Details
Role ID, Area and Title:062-Finish-Finish Line Helper – Core
DescriptionAssist skiers at the finish line who are often exhausted, disorientated, and in desperate need of some assistance. Volunteers are typically rotated through one of the following sub-roles during the day:
1. Chip removal: Remove timing chip from skiers as they come in (otherwise they owe the Birkie if they take it home!).
2. Chip sorting: counting and ensuring the chips are accounted for.
3. Marshalling: moving exhausted skiers off the finish line towards a medal, a bowl of hot broth and a warm meal!
4. Packing weighing: Confirming the Torskeklubben Birkebeiner participants are in fact carrying a 30lb pack.
5. Timer: In addition to automated timing, recording bib numbers of skiers as a backup.
6. Floater: Helping cold, tired, and hoarse Finish Line volunteers get a bowl of hot broth and a quick break before CHEERING MORE!
Volunteer RequirementsCustomer service, and good humour. Chip removal is a very PHYSICAL activity involving lots of squats. Come dressed as a Viking or use our costumes. Vests, Horns, and Cow bells are provided.
When NeededBirkie Saturday, Feb 10
Times NeededShifts: Setup (early Saturday AM), Core (mid-morning to 5pm), Tear Down (late Saturday)
Number Needed10 Volunteers: 10am to 5pm
062-Finish-Finish Line Helper – Core
Role SpecificsRole Details
Role ID, Area and Title:063-Finish-Finish Line Helper – Setup
DescriptionThe last skier has crossed the finish line, cow bells are silenced, voices soothed by a throat-losenge. Almost time to go home except for making sure the equipment is put away, chips are sorted, stray garbage picked up, and memories are preserved for next year’s Birkie.
Volunteer RequirementsSome technical knowledge is desirable but not required. Willingness to do what is necessary, jump in with enthusiasm, and do whatever is needed to tear down the finish line is essential. Warm clothing, good humour, a head lamp, and willingness to stay a bit late.
When NeededBirkie Saturday, Feb 10
Times NeededShifts: Setup (early Saturday AM), Core (mid-morning to 5pm), Tear Down (late Saturday)
Number Needed2 Volunteers: 3pm to 7pm
063-Finish-Finish Line Helper – Setup