Crewing & Volunteers

Land Crew

Each athlete is required to have at least 2 adult land crew members, and no more than 4, to accompany them throughout the entire land portion of the race. As many of the athletes come from overseas or travel long distances to do the event and are unable to bring their own crew members (which we encourage them to do) we therefore require crew members to assist those athletes that cannot bring their own crew. Crews are assigned to a specific athlete for the duration of the entire event. The athlete is responsible for all crew expenses and will pay for the use of your personal vehicle if required. The crew is also included in all meals associated with the event from the Pre-race Breakfast and Race Briefing to the Awards Ceremony.

In addition, you will be supplied with a crew shirt as a souvenir of the event. The commitment for the Land Crew is substantial (5 – 7 days) but is well worth the effort as this will be a volunteering experience like no other. Crews and athletes have been known to form long and lasting friendships following the event.

Working as a crew member is a great way for any athlete thinking about doing ULTRA520K CANADA in the future, to gain some great experience in planning for the event and to realize the work required by a crew. For those athletes volunteering as a crew member, who want to participate as a competitor in the future, you will receive preference in the invitees selection process.

We encourage potential land crew to review the General Guidelines contained on this website. The guidelines contain information critical to the successful planning and completion of ULTRA520K CANADA.

Swim Escort

Each athlete is required to have his or her own swim escort during the entire swim portion of the event.

If you have a kayak or canoe and wish to escort an athlete and help them get off to a good start on this life-changing event we can use your help. You will also be paid for your efforts and the use of your kayak or canoe.

The commitment from the swim escort is at least the time required for the athlete to complete the 10 KM swim (2 1/2 to 6 hours). While you are not required to be at the Pre-race briefing, it is highly encouraged so you have a chance to meet your athlete and discuss race/swim strategy as it pertains to feeding, hydration and leading/direction control. You will be required to attend the mandatory rescue meeting on the Friday afternoon prior to the race start (see Schedule of Events). You are also encouraged to read the ULTRA520K Rules & Regulations.

The organizers help with transportation of watercraft following the swim, however, any help in that capacity is greatly appreciated.

Volunteer Positions

With the growth in popularity of the event we are in need of volunteers in all capacities from set-up and take-down, equipment transportation, direction control & course communication, life guarding, and motorcycle escort. Volunteers can help from a few hours to all three days depending on your time and interest. Some positions require that the volunteer travel with the event in which case we include them in the meals and accommodations required as part of the event.

All volunteers are supplied with a souvenir race shirt and are included in our Finish Line Party at the end of Day 3 so they can enjoy the final finish of the athletes and take part in the celebrations.

Crew and Volunteer information is available in more detail by contacting Steve Brown at 250-809-1798 or e-mailing

Don’t delay if you’d like to experience volunteering on a whole new level. Be prepared for a serious tug on your heartstrings!