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Event Information: Volunteer

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

2015 BOSTON MARATHON VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

If you have volunteered at the Boston Marathon 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.

Please click here for more information on registering for the upcoming Boston Marathon.

B.A.A. Moment 6

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. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).