WACO, Texas (KWTX) Thousands of athletes will be in Waco this weekend to compete in the Bicycle World Texas Ironman 70.3, which begins with a 1.2-mile swim in the Brazos River, followed by a 56-mile bike ride and then a 13.1 mile run to the finish line at the Waco Suspension Bridge and organizers say several hundred more volunteers are needed for the race on Sunday.
“I like to say volunteers are like Christmas lights; no matter how many you have it’s never enough,” Race Director Nancy Goodnight said.
Last year, about 1,800 volunteered for help with the race and this year 300 more are needed.
“It’s a community effort, we want to give the best first impression,” Goodnight said.
“Last year we knocked it out of the park and we want to make sure we do that again, we really let people know Waco is a place to come race.”
Volunteers are needed for a range of tasks such as registering the competitors, staffing hydration stations, and helping hand out race medals.
The shifts for volunteering starts as early as Friday and run through race day on Sunday.
Volunteers can register through the Ironman website.
“All volunteers will get a T-shirt, goodie bag and will be invited to a thank you party,” Goodnight said.
“It certainly will make a better experience if we have more volunteers, not only for our athletes coming from all over the world, but a better experience for the people volunteering and the people of Waco,” Goodnight said.