Volunteer to help kids with cancer

Pinky Swear Foundation relies on the time and talents of volunteers to help us provide a great experience for our participants and ensure a successful event. Become one of the 1,000+ volunteers who have come together to help Pinky Swear Foundation support kids with cancer and their families. Register to volunteer today!

Swim. Bike. Run. to help kids with cancer

The Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon is a non-time and non-competitive race for kids ages 6-18
of all abilities on August 3, 2019 at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Location

Lake Nokomis
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Our Newest Volunteers

  • SN Sarah Norsted
  • BC Bob Cohen
  • ML Megan Lunsford
  • KN Kennedy Novitsky
  • MM Morgan McGinnis
  • RA Richelle Avers
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Our Mission

The Pinky Swear Story

In December of 2002, nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas, terminally ill with bone cancer, withdrew the entire $6,000 from his savings account and put it in envelopes for kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital.

After giving all of his money away, Mitch’s dad made a pinky swear promise with him to always help children with cancer and their families after he was gone.

Mitch passed away on April 11, 2003, and shortly afterwards, Pinky Swear Foundation was established by his parents to honor the promise he made.

Volunteer Positions

Friday, August 2nd

Site Setup Team 
9:00am-4:00pm (25 Volunteers Needed)
Site setup at including the tents, tables, signs, fencing, barricades - may be heavy manual labor

Registration / Packet Pick-up
3:00pm-7:30pm (10 Volunteers Needed)
Distribute race packets, bags, swim cap & shirt to participants; assist with securing tent after Registration closes. 

Saturday, August 3rd (Day of the Event)

All Star Tent
6:00am-1:00pm (10 Volunteers Needed)
Assist with setup/teardown of All-Star Tent; Host All-Star families including games, restocking food and beverage, etc.

Parking Assistance / Bike Course Marshal
6:00am-12:00pm (4 Volunteers Needed)
Manage parking areas along the bike course; job will change to Bike Course Marshal when the event starts
***Recommended that volunteers bring bikes

Bike Course Marshal
7:30am-12:00pm (20 Volunteers Needed)
Traffic control at intersections and various points along the bike course;
***Recommended that volunteers bring bikes

Body Marking
6:00am-10:00am (10 Volunteers Needed)
Assist with setup and teardown of Body Marking Tent; Body mark the participants according to the instructions provided

Race Village / Expo Team
6:00am-1:00pm (4 Volunteers Needed)
Assist with setup and teardown of Race Village; assist sponsors with setup of their areas; help manage the bounce house area

Registration / Packet Pick-Up
6:00am-9:00am (20 Volunteers Needed)
Distribute race packets, bags, swim cap & shirt to racers upon check-in; assist with teardown of Registration areas after race

8:00am-10:00am (24 Volunteers Needed)
Organize racers in procession staging area; assist with clearing path for entrance to stage area before procession begins; lead groups into opening ceremony; lead groups to beach for swim start

Run Course
8:00am-12:00pm (15 Volunteers Needed)
Assist with setup and teardown of the Run Course including signs, cones, and water stop; distribute water to participats during the event

Site Setup / Teardown Team
6:00am-1:00pm (4 Volunteers Needed)
Assist with final setup and teardown of the park; will be some manual labor

Swim Course Assistance
6:00am-1:00pm (2 Volunteers Needed)
Assist with Swim Course setup and teardown; help manage area between the beach and Transition Area

Swim Course Life Guards
8:30am-10:00am (10 Volunteers Needed)
Assist with the safety of the participants during the swim; please bring safety tubes 

Transition Area
6:30am-1:30pm (30 Volunteers Needed)
Assist with setup and teardown of Transition Area including setting up bike racks, cones, and signs; assist families with bike set up before race; body mark racers with bike location; ensure only racers enter transition during event; manage flow & safety inside T-Area before/during/after race