RACE FOR FREE
VOGO is a great way for athletes to volunteer at a race and earn a free race later in the
season. The days of volunteering for a t-shirt and a bagel are over. Since 2011, over $250,000 worth of
entries has been earned by California Triathlon members.
HOW VOGO WORKS
All the volunteering assignments are on the California Triathlon calendar with a
date, time and reporting location. Being a California Triathlon member is the 1 st step (it is free). You
simply select the race(s) on the VOGO calendar you would like to volunteer. If at a later time there is a
major conflict that impacts your commitment, unRSVP immediately to open up that space for someone
else. At 7 days out you should be 99% sure barring an unforeseen emergency.
On race morning, upon arrival to the prescribed location before the reporting time
volunteers report in and will report out upon departure. If you are unsure of a venue please do a little
research the day before. It throws everything off to have late arriving volunteers. With the volunteer
assignment completed, the volunteer will have earned their VOGO entry and a few days later will
receive a message with the available race options.
30 DAYS TO CHOOSE
Athletes have 30 days to choose a future race and in most cases up to a year to
actually complete the race. However, if an athlete fails to make a choice in 30 days it expires. Please
make sure your California Triathlon membership information is up to date.
$10 FEE TO REDUCE NO-SHOWS
Interested athletes must be serious about their commitment as the
team is responsible for delivering the prescribed number of athletes. In order to filter individuals who
are more casual about their commitments, a nominal $10 fee is in place in order to decrease no-shows.
Think of it as a typical race registration cost. Feel free to peruse last year’s VOGO attendee tabs and you
will quickly see why this is necessary to keep a great program viable.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU NO-SHOW?
Those individuals will be banned from volunteering in the future.
Please contact Megan if you have any questions. Megan lives in
Wisconsin and has dutifully helped California Triathlon serve as the clearinghouse between races that
need volunteers and athletes who are willing to trade their time for free races.