L O N G H O R N R U N
The Longhorn Run is a 10K and 5K race produced by the combined efforts of The University of Texas at Austin Student Government and Recreational Sports, and presented by Target. The race has become an annual event that thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, family members, and the Austin community place on their calendar yearly. The course winds through the historic Forty Acres and downtown Austin as several UT traditions are highlighted and brought to life. You can expect our student organizations' Texas spirit to cheer you on as you work towards that finish line.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We count on hundreds of volunteer to make Longhorn Run possible!
When registering to volunteer, you'll need to register for specific volunteer positions and shifts. Volunteer position descriptions can be found below:
Packet Pick Up (Monday-Friday of Race Week)
Help our runners get prepared for race day! You’ll be assigning a race bib and t-shirt to each runner and helping make sure they leave with all of our handouts for the race day. You’ll need a smile on your face and a great attitude. Leave the runners feeling excited to come back on April 13th!
Night Before Set Up (Friday, April 12)
Help us by moving equipment from Gregory Gym to the Main Mall the night before the event. Use your strength to help set up tents and carry post race supplies to the Main Mall. Wear gym clothes and comfortable shoes, and expect some heavy lifting.
Race Day (April 13)
Course Set Up/Strike
It starts with you! Work along the race course by setting up all directional signs, barricades, and banners for the race course. During the race follow behind and monitor trash and pick up along the race course. Empty and tie‐up bags when needed and place next to trash cans. Can do attitude and some heavy lifting may be required.
Finish Line Set Up/Strike
Set up the finish line chute area and zip tie banners to the race course barricades. Assemble tents and tables, along with any other finish line set up tasks. Some heavy lifting may be required.
Main Mall Set Up
Assist with load in, directions, and set up of sponsors at the Main Mall post-race celebration. This includes assisting sponsors with transport of their post race materials to the Main Mall, as well as set up and assembly of any tents and booth activations they require in the post race area. Monitor and empty trash cans during post-race activities.
Main Mall Strike
Tear down sponsor tents and load out sponsor materials after the conclusion of the event. Some heavy lifting may be required.
Ask Me Team
You are outgoing, talkative and in the know on all race day details. You’ll be our go-to team for runners and spectators with questions. Stationed at various race day high traffic points including: parking garages to direct runners towards the start line, along our start/finish line to answer any questions runners may have about the course, finish line events, and other general inquiries.
Banana Alley Set Up/Strike
Direct vendors to appropriate unloading destination in Banana Alley. Assist with unload and set up of vendor items. Distribute vendors’ items to runners as they finish the race and direct the runners towards the post-race celebration area on the Main Mall. Vocal, energetic individuals with strong communication skills preferred.
You’re the first stop for our volunteers on race day morning and responsible for getting them where they need to go. You will identify each volunteer as they arrive, check them in and distribute volunteer t-shirts to volunteers. Direct them to where they need to go based on what they’ve signed up for. After all the volunteers have checked in for the day, you’re responsible for collapsing the volunteer tents and moving them back into storage.
Packet Pick Up
Rise and shine greeters! Welcome our runners as they come to pick up their race day materials that morning. You are positive and energetic while you greet and assign a race bib to each runner, hand out t-shirts, and direct runners to the start line
Outgoing proactive course guides wanted! Decipher the course map and direct runners through turns and intersections along the course. Communicate the 5K/10K race course split to runners so they keep on the appropriate path. Keep local traffic off of the race course at all times. Must be vocal, assertive, and enthusiastic. This position requires your attendance at an info session to be held during the week prior to the race.
Banana Alley Food Distribution
Reward the finishers as they cross the line. Assist by passing out food and drinks to the runners after they finish the race. Direct the runners towards the Main Mall for the post-race celebration and be prepared to answer the runners’ questions. Monitor and empty trash cans as needed. Vocal, energetic individuals with strong communication skills preferred.
Photo Booth Support
Encourage participants to take advantage of photo opportunities in the post-race celebration area and assist by offering to take people’s photos with their phones. Seeking high-energy, positive individuals who will translate their enthusiasm to the participants!
April 13 8:00 AM CDT - Longhorn Run