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Volunteers Needed for Carilion Clinic IRONMAN 70.3

The Triathlon is in Virginia's Blue Ridge on Sunday, June 6


Volunteers are still needed for the inaugural Carilion Clinic IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia's Blue Ridge. The world-recognized event begins on Friday, June 4, with the actual triathlon taking place on Sunday, June 6. Carilion remains the title sponsor, and more than 2,600 triathletes are registered.

Carilion is helping IRONMAN to register volunteers who will welcome competitors to Virginia's Blue Ridge throughout the event weekend. Carilion Emergency Medicine Specialist Sarah Klemencic, M.D., a competitive runner and half-marathon participant, is continuing her role as volunteer director.

“I remain excited about the opportunity to help Carilion present this great event to our community and a worldwide audience,” Dr. Klemencic said. "I’m thrilled the community is collaborating to help us succeed in this endeavor for our region. Volunteers are vital, with racers fully appreciating the support they get along the course. They need it!”

Registration is open for more than 1,500 non-medical volunteer opportunities, including:

  • Individual single volunteer shifts
  • Team assignments for groups that enjoy working together
  • Captain spots for anyone who wants to be more involved and serve in a leadership position

As one of IRONMAN's first events to take place emerging from the pandemic, the safety of participants, volunteers, staff and spectators is a top priority.

Volunteers will be asked to adhere to IRONMAN’s Enhanced Health and Safety Guidelines. IRONMAN’s Safe Return to Racing guidelines also educate participating athletes and volunteers about safety at each step of the event, from registration to the race to the finish line. Participants will wear masks and practice social distancing until the start of the race. All IRONMAN staff and volunteers will also use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face masks and gloves.

The triathlon takes place on Sunday, June 6. It includes a 1.2-mile swim in Carvins Cove, a 56-mile bike course beginning at Peaks of Otter on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and a 13.1-mile run on the Roanoke River Greenway. The finish line and IRONMAN Village are in River's Edge Sports Complex.

“We’re so happy to present the IRONMAN 70.3 event following last year’s postponement,” said Thomas “TK” Miller, M.D., vice chair of Orthopaedics, chief of Sports Medicine and Chairman of the IRONMAN Global Medical Advisory Board. "We look forward to presenting the IRONMAN 70.3 and sharing our resilience with the competitors, volunteers and spectators. The triathlon is evidence of our community coming together to overcome adversity and showcase the region’s outdoors and our collaborative spirit.”

Volunteers will help make the event memorable for the triathletes, visitors and the community. For more information about volunteering, contact im70.3vbr@ironmanvolunteers.com.