Walnut2Walnut Volunteers

All Walnut2Walnut Volunteers will receive free parking at Quality Parking located on Front Street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets. All volunteers are required to attend a one-hour orientation and training session. This training will ensure you know your assignment duties prior to the event. Attending orientation and training is the only way volunteer can receive their free parking pass.

Orientation and Training Dates:

Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday, May 19, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Volunteer duties will be chosen by Independence Seaport Museum staff and not by the volunteer. All volunteers are encouraged to sign up through RunSignUp on the main Walnut2Walnut page. Below is examples of positions available to volunteers.

Race Prep

Set-Up - Race Crew volunteers are needed to help setup the check-in area, as well as the participant T-shirt area.
Check-In - Race crew volunteers are needed to issue registered rowers, walkers, and runners their race numbers and packets of important information.
Bag Check - Volunteers are needed to help participants with checking bags to be picked up after the race.

Start Line

Life Jacket Check - Volunteers are needed to check if each rowing participant has a life jacket before entering the water.
Refreshments - Race Crew volunteers are needed to set up and distribute water and other refreshements to participants before the start of the race.
Informational/Directional - Volunteers are needed to help participants to help point the participants in the right direction on race morning. 

On Course

Directional Volunteers - Volunteers are needed to help direct race participants along the course.

After Party

Check IDs/Wrist Bands -  Volunteers, who are 21 and over, are needed to help check wrist bands and IDs at the after party.
Bartenders - Volunteers, who are 21 and over, are needed to help bartend the after part.
Cooks - Volunteers are needed to help grill burgers and hot dogs during the after party.

Support Boat Volunteers

Looking for a fun way to participate in the water portion of the race without rowing? Volunteers are needed to help support the paddlers and rowers over the 15 mile course from Schuylkill River Banks to the Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing on the Delaware River.

Support boats must have minimun of two crew members aboard, have the ability to maintain a position in the Delaware River current and/or bring a kayak aboard. Volunteers must be able to attend one information session prior to the Race.

Volunteers will receive a stipend for fuel as well as all the other volunteer perks such as but not limited to lunch, a race t-shirt, hat, and invite to the Boatshop BBQ after the event. During the race river support boats will be given water to give to the rowers in need.

For more information, if you would like to help one of the support boats and do not have a boat of your own, or to sign up your support boat, please contact Gina Pickton at gpickton@phillyseaport.org or 215-413-8688.