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Participation in the 2010 Knee Knacker mandates that all runners must perform a minimum of four volunteer hours. Do you feel this is reasonable, and did you have any trouble meeting the requirement?
#Response DateIf you do not feel it was reasonable or had trouble meeting the requirement, please indicate why or how it can be improved.
1Jul 12, 2010 4:49 AMI wasn't even aware of the requirement until I was out of town and then was surprised by it. It feels weird and patronizing to have a volunteer requirement. I do a TON of volunteer work in my domains of business, technology, and startups - but recently not much in the outdoor/trail community. That's my business. I would prefer to see the volunteer requirement be dropped. If people are doing it, they're not doing it to get into KK. If they're not doing it, they're going to game the system. So what's the point?
2Jul 12, 2010 5:11 AMI think four hours is minimal and the number of hours could be increased. It helps to create an awareness and appreciation - and I thought it was a brilliant idea.
3Jul 12, 2010 5:18 AMI personally have a history of volunteering in the community. This year I was a 'volly' at a 5 peaks run. On one part of your website it asks that we volunteer at a run, yet on the actual form itself it seems to be a bit vague on whether or not this is the case, ie; organized running event. I have worked at Camp Goodtimes for the Canadian Cancer Society, but I wasn't sure if this was ok. A bit more clarification, please
4Jul 12, 2010 5:22 AMI think that it's absolutely great that the Knee Knacker encourages community involvement.
5Jul 12, 2010 5:38 AMIt is very important to give back to the running community. The volunteer requirement is fine.
6Jul 12, 2010 5:53 AMwhy the mandate though?
7Jul 12, 2010 5:58 AMI think it is disgusting practice and I will NEVER run this event.
8Jul 12, 2010 7:06 AMIt is an excellent idea to have community service in any form part of an otherwise very self centered activity.
9Jul 12, 2010 12:37 PMIt would have been a good idea if the May e-mail newsletter had included a reminder about the volunteer reporting requirement
10Jul 12, 2010 1:27 PMI think there should be a strong preference for trail maintenance specifically. We spend hours on the trails and they certainly can use more maintenance. Not that volunteering at an aid station or something isn't useful but the trails need our attention more.
11Jul 12, 2010 3:55 PMIn fact you could probably increase the minimum requirement to say 6 hours.
12Jul 12, 2010 4:19 PMIt was great the there was a Knee Knacker trail day, as there do not seem to be any NSMBA ones scheduled this year...
13Jul 12, 2010 6:34 PMWhatever keeps people giving back to the community - I'm all for it!
14Jul 12, 2010 7:14 PMI do a lot of other, non-trail running volunteer work and therefore would have had no trouble meeting the requirement even without the trail work event, but I still went out for the trail work party anyway. It's a neat feeling running along that section during the race, knowing that I built part of it!
15Jul 12, 2010 9:26 PMi like the idea of ppl involved in trail events to put back into the community. i just wish there was a greater choice in opportunities to meet these requirements. they are not very widely advertised. perhaps KK website could mention other trail building events to encourage even greater participation in such trail building events.
16Jul 13, 2010 4:13 AMI think this is an excellent idea and should be kept as a mandatory requirement.
17Jul 13, 2010 4:57 AMThis is a great idea to support the need for community-involvement. We all get busy and wrapped up in our own lives and forget how important it is to give back.
18Jul 13, 2010 3:41 PMAs long as the requirements are loose and flexible, it's not a problem.
19Jul 14, 2010 4:32 AMNot sure of the rationale but would make this even if it wasn't a requirement.
20Jul 18, 2010 1:03 AMI did not participate in the race
21Jul 23, 2010 2:54 PMjust time constraints, the same as most people. I live in mission and work on saturday so this restricts some events.