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Event Information: Volunteer

Thank you for your continued support!

Gloria and Skylar Webster talk about what it is like volunteering for the Boston Marathon:


Dear 2014 Boston Marathon Volunteers,

We have just been through something that never happened before, and it will never happen again. And it happened in very large measure because of you.

As a result of that work, this week we celebrate your collective and individual strengths. Please take some time to recognize and reflect on all that you have accomplished over the last twelve months. Your fortitude and hard work took us farther than we ever imagined we could go.

Each and every one of our 10,000 volunteers is vital to the experience we give to our international and local race participants. You treat one another with respect, compassion and empathy and encourage each other to reach for your goals and fulfill your potential. The community you have created is something that everyone deserves to be part of.

We wrote this last year and it is even truer today, "Every year the Boston Athletic Association puts the world's greatest sporting event into the hands of our volunteers. On behalf of John Hancock Financial, our principal sponsor, and all of our other sponsors and supporters, we have never been more proud of your work."

Thank you for being stewards of this great race and exemplifying the compassion, spirit and professionalism Boston Marathon volunteers are known for.

We are already looking forward to next year. Please mark your calendars to check shortly after the New Year for information on the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Boston Athletic Association


An opening date for 2015 volunteer registration has not been determined.

If you have volunteered before you know that being a volunteer is the best way to see the action close up, celebrate community, and that you' get far more out of the experience than you put into it. While we understand you will most likely never forget your time volunteering, as a parting gift we present each volunteer with a Boston Marathon commemorative pin. Another exciting part of being a volunteer is wearing the Boston Marathon adidas volunteer jacket as you carry out your volunteer duties. The volunteer jacket is a uniform with a strict operational purpose and cannot be purchased, however, adidas generously allows each volunteer to keep this beloved piece to be taken home and celebrated for years to come. Each volunteer over the age of 21 receives complimentary entry to the Post-Race Party, 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.

Volunteer assignments are made based on volunteer history and job availability at the time you apply. About ninety-five percent of volunteer jobs are filled by veteran volunteers and returning groups (clubs, teams, family groups, etc). We typically receive about 1,500 more applicants than we have assignments to fill. Selecting at least one job preference for Hopkinton, the 5K or Pasta Dinner when you complete your application is a great way to increase your chances of being selected on your first year.

The B.A.A. hosts other athletic events throughout the year, and we encourage you to click here for more information about other volunteer opportunities.

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.