Races keep getting more and more expensive, especially if you wait until the last minute to register and miss all the early bird discounts. Anytime that I come across an opportunity to run at a discounted rate or for FREE, I will send the information your way.
The opportunity I want to tell you about today is through Race 13.1. As of February 22nd, Race 13.1 has one race in West Virginia, five races in North Carolina, two races in Tennessee, one in Ohio, one in Virginia, three races in Michigan, one in Arkansas, one in South Carolina, and one here in Missouri. Each race offers unique swag, scenery, and medals to runners but none of those races could safely take place without the help of volunteers.
Pasted below is more information about Race 13.1’s volunteer program. They make it VERY easy to earn a free race by just volunteering a few hours one day or combining a Packet Pick-Up shift with a race day shift.
In 2016, I volunteered as a Course Monitor for four hours and earned $80 in Race Bucks. That would more than cover a 5k or a 10k at any of their locations and it would also cover a half marathon if I registered early enough. All I did was cheer on the runners by both yelling for them and shaking a cowbell as they passed, kept cars away from the runners, and directed runners and their families towards the finish line. Super easy!!!
To find the Race 13.1 location closest to you, click here. When volunteer registration is available, you will see a Volunteer tab towards the top of the page near the registration tab. A week or so after your volunteer shift, you will receive your Race Bucks which you can use at any Race 13.1 location (except the Greenbrier 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon, since that is considered a "Destination Race"). Race locations are not always repeated year to year, so be sure to watch the Races & Registration page to help you decide where you want to cash in your Race Bucks.