Volunteer Schedule

We wouldn’t be able to put on this race without the help of our wonderful volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer at Never Summer, please sign up here. If you have questions, please email us at volunteer@gnarrunners.com.

Please review the schedule outline below and let us know which shift or shifts you are interested in. And please let us know if you have a ham radio certification, medical qualifications, or a 4WD vehicle.

We will reimburse gas expenses for any volunteer drivers who transport race gear and supplies or shuttle runners and volunteers during the race.

We will provide yurt or camping space for volunteers working multiple days or on the overnight shifts.

Wed-Thurs 7/22-23
Course marking, gear/water transport, and early setup at the Gould Community Center.

Friday 7/24
Setup at the Gould Community Center: 10:00am – 2:30pm
Packet pick-up at Gould Community Center: 2:45pm to 7:30pm

7/25-26 Race Day

Parking, Check In and Set Up: 3:30am to 6:30am

Michigan Ditch Aid Station (11.4): 6:30am to 10:00am

Diamond Aid Station (17.2): 7:30am to 1:00pm

Montgomery Aid Station (23.2): 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ruby Jewel Aid Station (29.4): 9:30am to 5:00pm

Kelly Lake (34): 10:30am to 8:00pm
This is not a full station – just a small safety team to split up the 10 mile segment from Ruby Jewel to Clear Lake. We are looking for at least one ham radio volunteer and 1-2 first responders to be on site in case of an emergency. Volunteers will also treat water at the lake for runners. Access is a 4-5 mile hike in from Ruby Jewel or Clear Lake. This can be done as a day trip but the hike out will be after dark. Backcountry camping is also available at the lake and it’s a beautiful location to spend the night or the weekend.

Clear Lake Aid Station (39.4 & 43.9): 11:00am to 12:00am
Clear Lake is 4WD accessible.
2 volunteers will need to hike up the 2.25 mile Clear Lake trail to confirm that runners make it to the lake on the out and back leg.
Backcountry camping is available at the aid station location, at the lake. Dispersed car camping sites are available at the Clear Lake trailhead parking area at the end of park road 41.

Canadian Aid Station (50.1): 1:00pm to 1:30am
This station is easy to access with an AWD vehicle or on foot about 1 mile in from the main Clear Lake trailhead.
Space is available for up to 6 volunteers to stay at the Canadian Yurt. Additional dispersed campsites are available at the trailhead at the end of the park road 41.

Bockman Rd Aid Station (55.8): 3:30pm to 3:30am
The Bockman station is easily accessible on the 2WD Bockman Rd.
Camping is available at the Bockman campground or at dispersed sites a couple miles down the Bockman road.

Ranger Lakes Aid Station (62): 4:30pm to 5:30am (Split into 2-3 shifts)
This station is easily accessible off of Hwy 14 just 2 miles down the road from the finish. We have 2 camp sites reserved across the road from the aid station so volunteers can stay on site and work in shifts through the night.

Finish Line: 4:30pm to 6:30am (Split into 2-3 shifts)
Overnight volunteers will be able to camp on site behind the community center.

Shuttle Vehicles: (Split into 2-3 shifts)
Shuttles will make regular trips to transport drop outs from aid stations, resupply food/water as needed, and offer rides from the finish back to nearby camps and cabins.
Canadian to Clear Lake: 1pm to 1:15am (4WD Truck or SUV)
Canadian to Finish: 3pm to 2am (Passenger van, SUV, or wagon)
Bockman, Ranger Lakes, Finish: 12m to 6:00am

Safety Sweepers
We will send out safety sweepers in pairs after dark from the Clear Lake, Canadian, and Bockman aid stations. Ideally these sweepers will be part of the aid station team to leave on foot to save room in the aid vehicles for runner drop outs. Safety sweepers will not pull course flagging and will only ensure that all runners have made it to the next station safely.

7/26 Sunday Breakfast & Clean Up: 6:30am to 1:00pm

Course Sweepers:
Start to Michigan Ditch (11.4 Miles): Saturday 6:30am – 10:00am
Michigan Ditch to Diamond (5.8 Miles): Saturday 10:30am – 1:00pm
Diamond to Ruby Jewel (12.4 Miles): Saturday 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Ruby Jewel to Clear Lake (10 Miles): Saturday 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Clear Lake to Canadian (6.2 Miles): Sunday Morning
Canadian to Ranger Lakes (11.9 Miles): Sunday Morning
Ranger Lakes to Finish (2.2 Miles): Sunday Morning