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Event Information: Volunteer Guidelines

Boston Marathon Volunteer Guidelines


By accepting to volunteer as a B.A.A. Volunteer, your primary responsibility to the B.A.A. and to your fellow volunteers is to adhere to certain guidelines for conduct. Generally speaking, we expect every Volunteer to act in a mature and responsible way at all times.

  • Conduct yourself in a manner that demonstrates a friendly, responsible, informative, and respectful representative of the B.A.A. and of our volunteer corps
  • Treat everyone fairly, regardless of gender, ethnic background, religion, political belief or economic status
  • Respect the dignity of the participants and all other volunteers; refrain from public criticism of participants or other volunteers
  • Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language while volunteering
  • Abstain from the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products in conjunction with the our event
  • Abide by the directives given to you by your managing B.A.A. Team Captain
  • Report any incident that might be contrary to this Volunteer Standard of Conduct


  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Volunteers must carry a photo ID with them at all times during their assignment and must be prepared to show this to B.A.A. assigned safety and security personnel upon request.
  • Volunteers must wear their current year Boston Marathon volunteer jacket, current year B.A.A. provided volunteer name badge and credential (if provided).
  • If, at any time during your assignment, you have a problem, notify your team captain immediately, who in turn will inform the proper authorities.
  • Dress casually and for the weather! Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Do not bring cameras or other valuables with you to your assignment.
  • Backpacks are not permitted.
  • All bags are subject to search by B.A.A. security personnel or the police department for the town in which you are stationed.
  • B.A.A. is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Do not bring pets, children, friends or anyone else with you as we cannot be responsible for them; they will interfere with you carrying out your responsibilities, and they will be prohibited from entering secured areas. Because of stringent security measures this requirement will be strictly enforced.
  • Volunteers are required to obey the No Smoking and No Alcohol policy for the duration of their assignment.
  • Be prepared for a long day.
  • Bring food. Morning coffee and a light lunch will be provided for volunteers checking in at John Hancock Hall and in Hopkinton. Volunteers working along the race course should bring a lunch.
  • Medical personnel will be stationed along the route and in the Copley Square area. For easy identification, medical volunteers will be wearing white jackets.
  • Medical volunteers must wear gloves when providing treatment. Vinyl gloves will be available to all medical volunteers.
  • Volunteers working Food and Fluid Distribution at the Start, along the Course and at the Finish will be provided with non-latex, plastic cafeteria-style food handling gloves that must be worn at all times.
  • As an official volunteer, be prepared to answer many types of questions. Prior to the event, study the B.A.A website and familiarize yourself with the locations of the nearest water stop, first aid station, timing clock, etc.
B.A.A. Moment 5

1977 - Bob Hall Becomes the First Person to Complete the Race in a Wheelchair

Shown here in 1977, Bob Hall pioneered the division when he became the first person to complete the race in a wheelchair in 1975, making good on his promise to finish in under three hours.