Course Worker


This is the worker position that we need the most of. Each course typically requires about a dozen total course workers. This will likely be your assignment your first few times out while you learn how our events work. Your primary job is to run and pick up downed cones on the course, but your responsibilities do not end there!

  • Bring with you when you head out:
    • A bottle of water. Two if it’s hot!
    • Sunscreen, preferably already applied to your skin.
    • A hat and/or sunglasses.
    • Safety vest so you can be seen.
  • DO NOT bring with you:
    • A cell phone or a camera. It is not safe to talk on the phone or take photos.
    • Friends who are not registered drivers. They will distract you from your job.
    • A chair. It’s not safe to sit while working the course.
  • Monitor every car for fallen OR displaced (wiggled) cones. Watch behind the car as it passes to be sure you don’t miss anything.
    • Ensure the course is clear prior to running out to reset a cone.
    • Ensure cars on course will not cross your path.
    • Ensure you have sufficient time prior to next car passing.
    • If necessary, call in “hold start” until all cones are up-righted.
    • It is not necessary to red flag the car on course for downed cones that you don’t have time to get to unless so many cones are down that the course cannot be correctly followed. The next driver has the option to stop and get a rerun, and you’re going to call those cones against the driver that hit them, anyway.
    • It is absolutely not necessary to red flag the course every time you have to run out to reset a cone or two. There will always be 20-30 seconds or more between cars. That’s enough time to reset several cones.
  • When resetting fallen cones.
    • “Hustle” is of the utmost importance!
      • When running out on course to reset cones:
        • RUN, don’t walk, to the fallen cones.
        • Reset the cone fully in the box.
        • RUN directly to the edge of the course or your work station, whichever is closer. (your goal is to quickly get out of harm’s way, THEN get back to your station) For certain places on some runway courses, sometimes running to the OPPOSITE side of the runway will be the better choice vs. running in front of the next car. Focus on getting  yourself to a safe place as quickly as possible.
  • Monitor all cars for any safety issues observed, report to your Corner Captain.
    • Open doors, trunks, hoods.
    • Unfastened safety belts.
    • Limbs outside of vehicle.
    • Smoke/steam.
    • Leaking fluids.