Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pentathlon Volunteer Instructions


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Dear Modern Pentathlon Volunteers,

It is time to really get psyched!  Soon, over 200 athletes from around the world will descend upon the 
Sarasota-Bradenton area to compete in
the 
2015 Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (Feb. 20th-22ndat Nathan Benderson Park and at the Selby Aquatic Center located at Jan Potter Park.  Each one of you is vital to the success of this very special event.  As volunteers, our hope is to give these Olympic-caliber athletes, coaches, and visiting spectators the 'time of their lives'.  We can accomplish this through our teamwork, having a positive attitude, and by displaying a huge smile.

Please look over the following information:
Nathan Benderson Park (5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, 34235):

Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park which provides the public access to a 500-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990’s. Before that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. Cooper Creek enters the east side of the large lake and exits at the northwest corner.

Nathan Benderson park is situated west of Interstate 75 and east of The Meadows residential community. The newly constructed Cattlemen Road extension provides access to the park from Fruitville and University Parkway.  One of a handful of sites in North America identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a premiere rowing facility, Nathan Benderson Park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.
Directions to Nathan Benderson Park:
Directions to the regatta island from the NORTH:

    From I-75 take University Parkway, Exit 213.
    Drive WEST on University Parkway approx. 0.3 miles
    Turn SOUTH (left) onto North Cattlemen Road (traffic light).
    Drive approx 0.5 miles, following signs and pass thru 3 traffic circles.
    Continue SOUTH on North Cattlemen Road to the regatta island.
    Rowing facility will be on your right.
    Follow Parking Staff instructions.

Directions to the regatta island from the SOUTH:

    From I-75 take Fruitville Road, Exit 210.
    Drive WEST on Fruitville Road. approx. 0.2 miles.
    Turn NORTH (right) on North Cattlemen Road (traffic light).
    Drive approx 2.2 miles to the regatta island.
    Rowing facility will be on your left.
    Follow Parking Staff instructions.

Parking (Nathan Benderson Park):

Parking is free for all Volunteers.  Please follow the directional signs and enter regatta island by using the east bridge off of Cattleman Road (the southern bridge).  There will be parking staff on duty to guide you to a parking space.  Please lock your valuables in your trunk and proceed directly to the volunteer check-in tent which will  have banners clearly marked in red lettering, "VOLUNTEERS".  There, you will be asked to sign a liability waiver and be given an OFFICIAL Modern Pentathlon Event Staff T-Shirt.  There will be a venue layout map at the check-in tent that shows the various locations for the volunteer posts.  It is recommended that you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled shift.  Please dress appropriately for the weather (consider bringing sunblock, a hat and/or a rain jacket).


Selby Aquatic Center at Jan Potter Park (8301 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota, 34238):

The Selby Aquatic Center at Jan Potter Park has a newly renovated pool that includes state-of-the-art starting blocks and touchpads, three timing and start systems, two-button backup for all lanes, a scoreboard displaying all lanes, and a loudspeaker system. The Aquatic Center also includes adequate onsite locker rooms and restrooms, a climate-controlled meet management area, and a covered bleacher seating for up to 1,200 spectators or athletes. A recreational waterpark and leisure area is located adjacent to the competition area for spectators to enjoy.
Directions to The Selby Aquatic Center:

Location Name:
Selby Aquatic Center
Directions:
Directions coming from the North:
  • Take I-75 south to Sarasota - Clark Road Exit (#205)
  • Take Clark Road west to McIntosh Road (4th traffic light)
  • Turn LEFT onto McIntosh Road after crossing RR Tracks
  • Continue south on McIntosh Road to Sarasota Square Blvd. (3rd Traffic Signal).
  • Turn RIGHT onto Sarasota Square Blvd - Continue about 1/4 mile.
  • Turn LEFT onto Potter Park Drive (just before Mall & Cinemas)
  • Continue south on Potter Park Drive about 1/2 mile to YMCA on LEFT
  • Turn LEFT into YMCA Complex - Aquatic Center is on Right as you turn in
  • Please park in the grass field on the south side of the pool or in the designated volunteer parking lot

Directions coming from the South:
·        Take I-75 north to Sarasota- Clark Road exit (#205)
  • Take Clark Road west to McIntosh Road (4th traffic light)
  • Turn LEFT onto McIntosh Road after crossing RR Tracks
  • Continue south on McIntosh Road to Sarasota Square Blvd. (3rd Traffic Signal).
  • Turn RIGHT onto Sarasota Square Blvd - Continue about 1/4 mile.
  • Turn LEFT onto Potter Park Drive (just before Mall & Cinemas)
  • Continue south on Potter Park Drive about 1/2 mile to YMCA on LEFT
  • Turn LEFT into YMCA Complex - Aquatic Center is on Right as you turn in
  • Please park in the grass field on the south side of the pool or in the designated volunteer parking lot


We are still in need of event volunteers.  Please help us spread the word to your family and friends
to visit Volunteer Mark and sign up to be a Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 event volunteer.

If you have any questions or need assistance, email me at john@sanca.us

Thanks again for your support!


Sincerely,
John Krotec

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Volunteers
941.400.7333

Sincerely,

John Krotec
Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates
Volunteer Coordinator
Nathan Benderson Park
Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida

Email:  John @SANCA.US
Cell:  941.224.1861