Tracking the runners
A job for amateur radio communication


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Well, you've probably read or know about the race. Maybe you’ve even seen photos. But what about "behind the scenes"? What makes this race run so well and be a success? VOLUNTEERS !

Each Checkpoint, and the Finish Line, along the 100 Mile Course of the race is staffed with volunteers. The volunteers include Race Support Personnel to provide needed refreshments and nourishment to the runners, Medical Personnel to assess the physical and mental condition of the runners and provide aid if necessary and Communications Personnel to track the runners from one checkpoint to the next.

At the heart of the communications are Amateur Radio Operators who provide voice communications between the Checkpoints, the Finish Line, and the Radio Communications leaders. The radio operators monitor the time each runner leaves a checkpoint and arrives at the next checkpoint. If a runner is overdue, the radio operators notify the race checkpoint leader so Medical Aid or Search and Rescue personnel can be notified as needed. The radio operators also use data communications to provide a near real-time database of each runner’s location at any given time. This is all done with portable equipment and battery power.

You don’t have to be a licensed Radio Operator to volunteer. Anyone interested in a fun and rewarding adventure in the outdoors is invited to join. We can always use new people. The “Hams & Checkpoints” link will tell you a little about each Checkpoint, such as the hours it is staffed and where it is located. There may even be some photos of the checkpoints to give you a better idea.

If you’re interested in learning more, click on the “Email Ham Radio Coordinator” link to the left and let us know. We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

PS: Steve Woo, KE6ONT, put together an outline for presenting at radio clubs. It's available for you here in either Word or PDF format.