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Event Information: Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering in Groups

We are unable to accommodate brand new volunteer groups for the 2016 Boston Marathon. If you are a running group, we would be happy to hear from you and make contact for future events. Thanks!



Step 1: Designate a Group Leader/Coordinator.

Step 2: The group leader submits his/her own personal online application first. When prompted, choose the option to create a group. Create a group name, pass code, and job preferences for the group. Complete the remainder of the application and submit. Make sure to write down the on screen confirmation number. Seeing this number on-screen is indication that the group has successfully been created. When selecting job options please consider the following:

  • Personal Vehicles vs. Public Transportation
  • Final Examinations
  • Businesses - Monday is not a holiday for all businesses
  • Athletic Teams - games/matches/meets, including any potential rain-dates
  • Duration of Assignments - many assignments in Hopkinton allow you to be done by noon but Boston assignments are committed through 5:00 pm

Step 3: The group leader will communicate the group name and pass code to the group members.

Step 4: Every group member must complete the online application individually. When prompted, group members should choose the option to join a group. Then find the group name in the drop down list and enter the pass code. Complete the remainder of the application and submit. Make sure to write down the on-screen confirmation number. Seeing this number on-screen is indication that you have successfully completed the application process.

Group members receive separate correspondence from the B.A.A. and are individually responsible for making sure they are aware of B.A.A. policies and procedures.
B.A.A. Moment 2

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.