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Event Information: Volunteer

Boston Marathon Volunteer Program

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!

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1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.