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Volunteering at the GFNY World Championship is a fun experience, with camaraderie, goodwill and excitement. Volunteers play a key role in creating an unforgettable experience for athletes, spectators, journalists and special guests from all over the world. The event draws on the help of close to 1000 volunteers over four days, May 13-16, 2020, in New York City, Bergen County in NJ, Rockland County in NY and Bear Mountain State Park in NY. Volunteers who offer their time, energy, support and enthusiasm are a vital part of GFNY. 

GFNY World Championship: On May 16, 2020, five thousand cyclists from across the USA and 90+ countries will ride on a challenging 100-mile cycling marathon from New York City to Bear Mountain and back. On May 14-15, 2019 the GFNY expo takes place in Fort Lee, NJ. 

GFNY Athletes: The cyclists competing in the event are taking on a big challenge. 50% of participants are coming from abroad and another 20% from outside the tri-state area, and may be visiting the US or New York for the first time. All athletes are dedicated athletes who train hard to be able to complete a challenging event like GFNY. Help us welcome them to GFNY and get them all set to race.

GFNY Kids: On Saturday, May 15, Kids get to race too! Kids ages 2-13 will be taking on their own race in Fort Lee, NJ.

Everyone Can Help: You can volunteer in a broad range of roles, such as registration, setup, aid stations, clean up, motorcycle marshal and more. While there are many ways you can help, they all have one thing in common: you are part of the event. No matter if you’re young, old, love cycling or know nothing about it, if you’d like to help at the expo, an aid station or the finish line – we are looking forward to seeing you! Get involved in GFNY World Championship to support the athletes in their quest to the GFNY World Championship finish line. 

Volunteer T-shirt: Every volunteer receives the official GFNY World Championship Volunteer T-shirt. The T-shirt identifies a person as an Official GFNY Volunteer. The T-shirt must be worn as the outer-most layer of your clothing - please pick the right T-shirt size! 

Dates and Locations:

On Thursday (May 13, 2020), we need help with packing goodie bags and setting up the expo.

On Friday (May 14, 2020) and Saturday (May 15, 2020), the GFNY athlete registration and expo take place in Fort Lee, NJ at PIP Park located near 2300 North Central Road & near Hudson Terrace.

On Sunday (May 16, 2020), GFNY World Championship race and GFNY BEAR ride take place, with a staging start area located on the George Washington Bridge and a race course that covers Bergen County, Rockland County and Bear Mountain. The post-race festivities are at PIP Park in Fort Lee.

Volunteer Info: GFNY volunteers will receive arrival time & location and basic instructions before the start of their shift via email. You don't need to worry about memorizing anything, we will provide role assignments and role instructions once you arrive for your shift. For aid station & on-course directional volunteers, we have prepared an aid station volunteer video

Charities, Organizations, Schools: Please reach out to us for you, your club, school or organization and we will let you know how you can help and be part of GFNY World Championship. 

Volunteer Registration Process: Volunteer registration is based on your day of availability (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat or Sun) and the location (Registration, Start, Aid Stations, Race Course, Finish). 

Once you have determined the day and location that fits your schedule, select the number of volunteers or shifts that you are registering. Select a number in the Quantity field and click "Register." 

Fill in your information. Then, select the time and task from the options available. Volunteer registration is based on time, so select the time slot that fits into your schedule. The shifts are 4-6 hours in length, depending on the task. Check below for more details about the specific job descriptions. 

Do you have questions that weren't answered here? Please contact Diane McNally, GFNY's Volunteer Coordinator at We look forward to having you join us!


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