Event Information: 5K Volunteer Information

Get Involved in the Excitement of Boston Marathon Weekend

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the B.A.A. 5K and Invitational Mile Races.  These events provide a thrilling appetizer for Monday's Marathon, as thousands of runners of a shorter distance can cross the Boylston Street Finish Line in front of thousands of fans in the 5K, and the top mile runners from around the world and from area high schools compete (respectively) in the invitational mile.

We offer the same benefits and amenities to our 5K volunteers as we do to our Boston Marathon Volunteers. For your convenience and planning purposes a list of available jobs are below.
 
B.A.A. 5K - Start/Finish Operations
Saturday, April 19
Volunteers are needed at the Start/Finish area and inside the tent to help with set-up and break-down of food and beverage concessions, medal distribution and fluid distribution.
Meeting Location: Copley Square
Captain: Rose Havens
Expected Duration: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 
B.A.A. 5K - Course Operations
Saturday, April 19
Volunteers are needed to help keep order at various key intersections and street crossings.
Meeting Location: Copley Square
Captain: Ed Wiederhold

B.A.A. 5K - Water Station 1
Saturday, April 19
Volunteers are need to pass out water at this Park Street Water Station location.
Meeting Location: Copley Square 
Captain: Joe Robertson
ExExpected Duration: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
 
B.A.A. 5K - Water Station 2
Saturday, April 19
Volunteers are needed to pass out water at this Copley Sq. location.
Meeting Location: Copley Square
Captain: Matthew Carpenter
Expected Duration: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

5K - Registration
Friday, April 18 - Saturday, April 19
Runners will pick up their race numbers at the Hynes Convention Center on race weekend.
Meeting Location: TBD
Captain: Kara MacDonald

Friday Afternoon Shift
Expected Duration: 1:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Morning Shift
Expected Duration: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Saturday Afternoon Shift
Expected Duration: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Shift
Expected Duration: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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For those of you who have volunteered before, you know volunteering is the best way to see the action and that you usually get far more out of the experience than you put into it. While we understand you will most-likely never forget your time volunteering at the city's most exciting event, as a parting gift we present each volunteer with the 2014 Boston Marathon commemorative pin. Another exciting part of being a volunteer is wearing the 2014 Boston Marathon adidas volunteer jacket as you carry out your volunteer duties. While the volunteer jacket has a strict operational purpose and cannot be purchased, adidas proudly presents each volunteer with this exciting piece to be taken home and celebrated for years to come.

Each volunteer over the age of 21 receives a complimentary ticket to the to the  Post-Race Party to be held on Monday, April 21, 2014, offering another way to share and celebrate your volunteer accomplishments with other members of the Boston Marathon community. Volunteers are also welcome and encouraged to attend the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston during race weekend.

 

All information above is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 4

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules.