Course Marshals

Volunteer Instructions :: Course Marshals

Study the marshal maps (below) and make sure you understand where you’ll be standing and where the runners and traffic will be coming and going. Print out your map(s). It is your responsibility to know where you should be directing the runners.

Questions? ask the captain! Karl 604-886-7994.

Wear reflective vest and for most positions, carry a STOP/SLOW paddle (both signed out from us).

Show up at least 10 minutes before the time shown for your position (below the maps – that’s when the fastest runners could come by), unless you are moving from an earlier position and can’t get there that far ahead. The captain will drive the course and make sure everyone is in place ahead of the racers. Call Karl if you have problems.

Stop traffic for runners to proceed where the race route crosses an intersection or road, EXCEPT for emergency vehicles—then the runners must be stopped to let the emergency vehicles proceed. Regular traffic: direct to cross route only when there’s a large enough gap in the runners, with time to spare. (earlier marshal spots will not have much of this!)

If a driver becomes rude and insists on “going anyway” — be firm and do not let them proceed! They could hit a runner! Explain that it will only be a short wait and say thank you for your patience. Record their license plate # if they give you trouble, and report to RCMP later.

If you have a cell phone or can borrow one, please bring it!

Dress warm, use layers! Be prepared for any weather conditions—they can change quickly.

Continually, positively and loudly warn the runners to stay on the shoulder, do not cross the white line, stay inside the cones. Especially on the highway parts of the course.

If you are at a turn in the course, point the runners the right way. Stand where you are visible to traffic and runners. If you are at a corner (non-crossing traffic) – and have trouble standing for long periods, bring a lawn chair and take sitting breaks when runners have thinned out (but continue to point and warn about staying off the road).

Stay until all participants have gone by. We have an official Course Sweep on a bicycle. He will let you know you can leave.

Encourage traffic to PLEASE SLOW DOWN. Record license plate # of any unsafe/aggressive drivers.

If any participant needs medical attention, call the medical support # provided on your lanyard or 911 or find someone who can call! (or provide help if you’re certified in First Aid).

After your job is finished, bring the vest and paddle to Volunteer HQ in Mission Point Park at the finish in Davis Bay, and sign them in. Enjoy a hot drink and a snack there!

If you cannot get to the finish area by 1pm, return them to PaceSetter Athletic, open until 5pm Sunday, or Monday 10am-6pm. Located in the Holy Crap building, 622 Hough Road.

Marshal Maps and Descriptions

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Marshal Map 1: Gibsons
Marshal Map 1: Gibsons – start to Lower Road/Hwy.
# Time Runners Go By Location Description
1 9:07-9:19 Start: Park Rd near rec centre Stop vehicles from driving through start line
2 9:12-9:20 Park Rd at Reed Guide runners onto LEFT side of Reed. Stop vehicles from turning down Park.
3a & 3b 9:20-9:26 Reed at Payne the runners must go down the RIGHT side of Payne, WITH traffic. Firmly guide them that way. The arrows on the road indicate their path. To the RIGHT of the cones. Any cars coming along Reed towards the ferry need to be stopped and wait a couple of minutes until the bulk of the runners have come by, as there is not room for cars and runners in the ferry-bound lane.
3c 9:21-9:27 Reed at Woodsworth stop vehicles from exiting until there’s a large gap in the runners. Remind runners to keep RIGHT of the cones.
4a & 4b 9:22-9:29 Payne at Mall 1 and 2 Stop vehicles from exiting or entering until there’s a large gap in the runners. Remind runners to keep RIGHT.
5a & 5b 9:22-9:29 Payne at Hwy Stop traffic until large gap in the runners.
5c 9:22-9:29 Pratt at Hwy Stop traffic until large gap in the runners.
6 9:23-9:30 Pratt at Kearton Stop vehicles from exiting or entering until there’s a large gap in the runners. Remind runners to keep RIGHT, on the shoulder.
7 9:25-9:37 Pratt at Malaview Stop vehicles from exiting or entering until there’s a large gap in the runners. Remind runners to keep RIGHT, on the shoulder.
8 9:26-9:38 Pratt at Chaster Direct runners around corner onto Chaster and remind them to keep RIGHT, inside the white lines. Encourage traffic to slow down.
9 9:29-9:54 Chaster at King Direct runners around corner onto King and remind them to keep RIGHT, inside the white lines. Encourage traffic to slow down.
10a 9:32-10:03 King at Fitchett Direct runners from King across Fitchett onto the LEFT side of Fitchett, while stopping vehicles from proceeding unless there’s a large enough gap.
10b 9:32-10:03 King at Fitchett Direct runners to left side of Fitchett and stop traffic on Fitchett from proceeding unless there’s a large enough gap
11 9:33-10:07 Fitchett at Veterans  Direct runners around the corner onto Veterans, remind them to keep LEFT, inside the white lines. Encourage traffic to slow down.
12 9:35-10:09 Veterans at Highway Direct runners around the corner onto the highway, reminding them to stay on the shoulder inside the white lines at all times
13a & 13b 9:36-10:17 Hwy at Poplars 1 & 2 Stop vehicles from exiting or entering unless there’s a large enough gap, remind runners to stay on shoulder
14a & 14b 9:38-10:22 Hwy / Woodcreek Park Stop vehicles from exiting or entering unless there’s a large enough gap. Remind runners to stay on shoulder.
15a 9:40-10:31 Highway at Lower Rd Direct runners onto Lower Road and stop race traffic from entering Lower Road. Local traffic only.
15b 9:40-10:31 Lower Road at Pine Stop vehicles from exiting or entering Pine unless there’s a large enough gap. Guide runners down Lower Road and remind them to stay on the left shoulder.

 

Marshal details
Marshal Intersection Details for Payne/Reed, King/Fitchett/Veterans, RC Village, and Beach/Marlene.
Marshals Map 2: Roberts Creek
Marshal Map 2: Roberts Creek – Joe Rd to Flume Rd
# Time Runners Go By Location Description
16a 9:50-11:00 Lower Road and Maskell Halfway timing – arrive 9:30am. Remind runners to stay on shoulder. Record bib numbers.
16b 9:50-11:00 Lower Road and Joe Stop cars coming down Joe from turning onto Lower unless local residents. No race vehicles on Lower.
17a 9:57-11:20 Lower Road and RC Road Direct runners left onto Roberts Creek Rd. Stop traffic from turning left onto RC Road unless there’s a big enough gap.
17b 9:57-11:20 Lower Road and RC Road Stop traffic from going straight through on RC Road unless there’s a big enough gap. Warn left-turners to slow down.
17c 9:57-11:20 RC Road and Beach Direct runners to turn onto Beach, onto left shoulder. Stop traffic coming from the pier unless there’s a big enough gap.
17d 9:57-11:20 RC Road and Beach Direct runners onto the left shoulder of Beach. Stop traffic (well back from stop sign) from turning left onto RC Road unless there’s a big enough gap.
18a & 18b 10:02-11:36 Beach and Marlene Direct runners across Beach onto left shoulder of Marlene. Stop vehicles from proceeding straight on Beach unless there’s a large enough gap.
19a 10:03-11:38 Marlene and Spruce on West side Stop traffic from exiting or entering Spruce. Remind runners to stay on left shoulder.
19b 10:04-11:40 Marlene and Highway Direct runners onto the left shoulder of highway, reminding them to stay inside the white lines at all times. Encourage traffic to slow down.
20 10:05-11:42 Highway and Flume Stop traffic from exiting or entering Flume unless there’s a big enough gap. Remind runners to stay on the shoulder inside the white lines.
Marshals Map 3: Wilson Creek
Marshal Map 3: Davis Bay – Rat Portage Hill to Mission Point Park
# Time Runners Go By Location Description
21 10:11-12:03 Rat Portage Hill Traffic calming at bottom of hill, direct traffic to left lane, and to slow down. Remind runners to stay inside white lines.
22 10:11-12:03 Highway and Jack Rd Stop traffic from exiting or entering Jack Road unless there’s a big enough gap. Remind runners to stay inside the white lines.
23 10:13-12:20 Highway and McCullough Stop traffic from exiting or entering McCullough unless there’s a big enough gap. Remind runners to stay inside the white lines.
24 10:17-12:22 Highway and Field Road Stop traffic from exiting or entering Field Road (Stalashen side) unless there’s a big enough gap. Remind runners to stay inside the white lines.
25 10:18-12:25 Highway and Habitat For Humanity Village Stop traffic from exiting or entering the village unless there’s a big enough gap. Remind runners to stay inside the white lines.
26 10:21-12:32 Highway and Mission Road Stop traffic from exiting or entering Mission Road unless there’s a big enough gap.
27 10:21-12:33 Finish Line entrance off Hwy into Mission Pt Park Direct runners into the finish chute, tell them to watch for the large cone in the centre.