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Event Information: Volunteer

Boston Marathon Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Boston Marathon Volunteer Program!

We will open volunteer registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon and 2016 B.A.A. 5K on January 5th.

Please check back at that time for more information.


The 2015 Boston Marathon was a special and memorable event thanks to the dedication and energy of you, our loyal volunteers! If you haven’t already, please take some time to reflect on your experience and to enjoy well-deserved praise from the Boston Marathon community. Once again, you showed the world what a community can accomplish when it works together towards a common goal. Each volunteer assignment plays a unique and crucial role in the world-renowned Boston Marathon experience, and you should be proud of the personal impact you had on the event’s success.


The Boston Athletic Association posted words of thanks to the 2015 Boston Marathon Volunteers on the Boston Marathon Facebook page. We invite you to read the post as well as the thousands of comments from Boston Marathon participants, expressing gratitude for our hard working volunteers. The post received over 16,000 likes, almost 2,000 comments and over 250 shares.



In celebration of its tenth year as the official airline of the Boston Marathon, JetBlue and the B.A.A. teamed up to recognize ten exceptional volunteers with a round-trip flight on JetBlue. We invite you to read the stories of our ten exceptional volunteers, Congrats to all nominees!

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.