Excellent initial thread. MsLizVt thank you for your insight and information. My husband and I have been volunteer moto-marshals for the Multiple Sclerosis rides in Georgia the last couple of years. Our initial involvement came from a call through our local BMW chapter because the ride desparately needed more moto-marshals and were reaching out to everyone. We got involved and were hooked. Since this isn't a "race" the "professional" riders usually run the century (100 mile) route and are done with the day quickly. For those of us on the 65 and 32 mile routes, we have a longer day. Luckily we don't police or time anything. We ride at a constant rate and scan for trouble. Help any riders that we can, call for the SAG (support and gear) vehicles if it is mechanical beyond our abilities or if the rider just can't make it and wants to be picked up. On really hot years we carry snacks, water and bananas and replenish riders supplies. We are supposed to prevent riding two or more wide, or with headphones. But those are difficult to enforce. We watch for signage issues, too few, confusing, or downright missing thanks to some miscreants. We chase dogs, find owners, or call for backup to corral them so we can move on. We have absolutely LOVED being involved. You get to recognizing some riders and cheering them on whenever you pass by. Sometimes it is just the little lift they need. And I just can't understand why they are thanking us when they are the ones who raised the money and are out on some grueling hills in heat and humidity busting their rumps. They deserve the thanks for what they are doing for the charity. Over the years it has taught us better slow speed maneuvering, riding in packs, scanning 360 and making quick decisions. We have increased our abilities and gotten our Ham radio licenses to communicate directly with Net Control as cell phones lack coverage in some of these areas and they aren't real time to keep up with the turtle (last rider and associated SAG vehicle behind them). We have begun pursuing involvement in local races to see about getting our certifications. I can't tell people enough how fun, stressful, grueling, rewarding, challenging this is. I may be patrolling the 65 mile route, but I have ridden 180 miles going back and forth along it, keeping people safe. It may be 96F but I am in ATGATT because I am no help to anyone if the ambulance is coming for me. We are sweating buckets and trying to stay hydrated...and just loving being involved with all these people. A couple years ago I put together a video for our leaders to use as a promotional. Our volunteer numbers aren't too good down here. https://vimeo.com/15281830 So thanks to all who have expressed interest. Even if you don't get certifications for the big races, the little races or charity rides can always use help.