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Amgen Tour of California calls for volunteers

Posted: January 27, 2010 5:52 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2010 8:43 p.m.
LOS ANGELES - Volunteer opportunities for the 2010 Amgen Tour of California are now posted online at the official race Web site,

Anyone wishing to volunteer for an opportunity to participate in the fifth-annual cycling race can apply online for positions, including hospitality, volunteer course marshals, security, and media operations, among others.

Considered cycling's most important and successful road race in the United States, the Amgen Tour of California attracts some of America's most accomplished cyclists. Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Dave Zabriskie and George Hincapie have already committed to participating this year.

The fifth edition of the annual race will travel to 16 host cities throughout the state over the course of eight days from May 16-23, including the very first mountaintop finish in race history.

The eight-day race will begin in Nevada City and travel by some of the state's most scenic landmarks, with the overall finish taking place in Thousand Oaks.

"The support of the volunteers in the local communities that the Amgen Tour of California travels through is essential to the success of the race," said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, presenter of the race. "Getting involved with the race as a volunteer allows local residents to take part in an event that captures the attention of local communities and the world, in addition to witnessing first-hand in the behind-the-scenes planning involved in an event of this stature."

More than 4,500 volunteers in communities throughout the state participated in last year's race, making it seamless and successful from start to finish, and solidifying it as the largest sporting event in the state of California.

In each of the start and finish cities, as many as 350 local volunteers were recruited to help staff the race.

The majority of volunteers are needed to serve as volunteer course marshals, providing support for the 75 professional course marshals that travel with the tour and support the local law enforcement authorities in each city. Course marshal volunteers have an opportunity to be on the race route, close to the cyclists, with responsibility for monitoring pedestrian traffic, barricades and road closures.

Volunteer positions for the 2010 Amgen Tour of California include:
-- Volunteer Course Marshals - Assist with the coordination and safety of the fans and participants in a designated area along the race course
-- Media - Assist with distribution of media credentials, media hospitality, media operations press room management, media liaisons and press events
-- Security - Assist Tour security staff with access-control, including on-course, hospitality, awards and special events
-- Site Decoration/Restoration - Assist with installation and clean up of banners
-- Lifestyle Festival EXPO - Assist Tour Lifestyle Festival staff with EXPO coordination - guide vendors and exhibitors to their tents for set-up; assist with festival logistics as needed; and assist with marketing activities in EXPO
-- Sweepstakes Surveyors - Ensure that Festival guests are aware of the Tour Sweepstakes opportunities, as well as all of the amenities of the festival
-- Volunteer Check-in - Assist LOC volunteer coordinator with set-up, check-in/registration and deployment

Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult. The online sign-up form offers volunteers the opportunity to rank their top-three job preferences, and every attempt is made to match volunteers to their area of interest. Shortly after filling out the online form, volunteers will be contacted by the local organizing committee for further information.

Dates of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California:
Stage 1: Sunday, May 16 - Nevada City to Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 17 - Davis to Santa Rosa
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 18 - San Francisco to Santa Cruz
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 19 - San Jose to Modesto
Stage 5: Thursday, May 20 - Visalia to Bakersfield
Stage 6: Friday, May 21 - Pasadena to Big Bear Lake
Stage 7: Saturday, May 22 - Los Angeles (individual time trial)
Stage 8: Sunday, May 23 - Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Agoura Hills

About the Amgen Tour of California
The largest cycling event in America, the 2010 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course through the state from May 16-23.

About Amgen
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG LIVE, the organization's live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production.

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