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Volunteers key to Colorado Classic

The stage is set up at the main area of the Colorado Classic on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Vail. The bike race flows from West to East Vail the next couple days.

VAIL — The Vail Valley Foundation depends on volunteers for its big events, from World Cup ski racing to the GoPro Mountain Games. This year's Colorado Classic continues that tradition.

Here's a look at how many people are helping out at the Classic's pair of Vail stages as of Monday, Aug. 13. Numbers continued to increase through the week.

• 182 volunteer positions filled for Thursday, Aug. 16.

142 volunteer positions filled for Friday, Aug. 17.

More than 80 people have volunteered for both days.

• 191 volunteer positions have been filled by Eagle County residents.

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• Volunteers come from 14 different states.

Volunteers are filling roles including:

• Course marshals: These volunteers are assigned to a designated area along the course to assist with the coordination and safety of the field of play. These volunteers work closely with local safety agencies and law enforcement, and may help monitor automobile and pedestrian traffic along driveways and intersections.

• Safety team: Team members assist the event security staff with access control, including on-course, hospitality, awards ceremony, green room and press conferences.

• Media operations: This group helps the race media operations staff with media check-in, credential distribution and serve as a "runners."

• Volunteer check-in and support: These volunteers help volunteer coordinators with set-up, check-in, registration, deployment and support of volunteers.

• Hospitality: These people help event staff with hospitality areas, front door greeting and credential checking (in/out) guests.

Anti-doping: These non-medical chaperones serve as athletes' escorts on behalf of the drug testing service.

• Festival/Expo: These volunteers work with the local organizing committee on expo and ancillary activity needs.

Source: Vail Valley Foundation