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Event Information: Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering in Groups

There are as many as 400 volunteer groups who join us over race weekend. We enjoy getting to know these school, corporate, athletic, and non-profit groups; they're an integral part of how our volunteer program operates. If you're interested in coordinating a group of 10 or more, please contact Elisabeth Worthing worthing@baa.org before registering online. Groups of 25 or more become difficult for us to assign.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

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 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.