Running events require volunteers to make the events successful, and folks who are trying to volunteer shouldn't be treated as turkeys.
What I can't stand is that some events just keep promoting the need for volunteers and when one responds, the event does not bother to respond but just keep trolling their ad for volunteers. And, then at the last minute, they send you a blow off email.
In 2008, I saw an ad on Craigslist for this event asking for volunteers. I responded and saved the date on my calendar for the event. I never received a response from anyone from this event, yet I see the event repost their seeking volunteers ad again. Finally, near last minute, I finally received an email, saying thanks, but no thanks, check out the other event and contact them in your area if you want to volunteer.
In 2009, same thing happened.
Well, this is 2010. I see your darn seeking volunteer ads posted not once but twice on Craigslist. I am not volunteering for your event. But, I will volunteer for other events and have done so.
Beware of the Turkey Trail Trot! They just troll volunteer ads and are not serious about getting volunteers.
My friends did the Turkey Trail Trot one year, while my bro and friend did the Turkey Trail Trot another year. They, all, had a good time. So, from experience, it's OK to pay and run in it, but not good if you try to volunteer.