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Event Information: At the Finish Line

Finish Line Volunteering

The main goal of the volunteers at the finish line is to support the athletes as they recuperate and exit the system. The Finish Area will remain open and active until 4:45 P.M. Morning coffee and a light lunch will be provided to finish area volunteers.

BLANKET DISTRIBUTION

Meeting Location: Patriot Room, John Hancock Hall
Expected Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Charlie Ziegenbein

Mylar blanket distribution takes place as athletes cross the finish line. Although not providing any heat, these blankets help retain body heat and prevent wind from blowing directly on bare skin. At various times, you may be unfolding blankets, wrapping runners, applying sticky labels, or removing trash.

BUS LOADING - A.M.

Meeting Location: Boston Common on Tremont Street
Expected Duration: 5:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Captain: Steve Calder & Diane Kelley

Official runners will be urged to use B.A.A. bus transportation from Boston to the start in Hopkinton. Volunteers are assigned to control the flow of runners and to keep them moving through the staging area prior to boarding. 

BOSTON COMMON GEAR CHECK: SHIFT 1

Meeting Location: Boston Common on Tremont Street

Expected Duration: 4:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Captain: Ashley Spurlock

Athletes may check warm-up clothing for retrieval once they finish the race. This team helps the athletes drop off their clothing corresponding with their bib number.

BOSTON COMMON GEAR CHECK: SHIFT 2

Meeting Location: Boston Common on Tremont Street

Expected Duration: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Ashley Spurlock

Athletes may check warm-up clothing for retrieval once they finish the race. This team helps the athletes retrieve their clothing corresponding with their bib number.

FLUIDS/GATORADE

Meeting Location: Justice Room, John Hancock Hall
Expected Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Larry Keegan

At the Finish you will be mixing and serving the official Gatorade fluid replacement beverage runners will be consuming along the marathon route. All volunteers working in this area will be provided vinyl gloves that must be worn at all times. All volunteers are expected to assist with clean-up.

FLUIDS/WATER #1

Meeting Location: Liberty Room, John Hancock Hall
Expected Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Karen Horan, John Alabiso, Ed Beauchemin

This is the first of two water stations in the Finish Area. All volunteers working in this area will be provided vinyl gloves that must be worn at all times while passing out single-serve water bottles to runners. All volunteers are expected to assist with clean-up.

FLUIDS/WATER #2

Meeting Location: Liberty Room, John Hancock Hall
Expected Duration: 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: John Patrick Minerella, Leslie Romano, Frank Duncan 

This is the second of two water stations in the Finish Area. All volunteers working in this area will be provided vinyl gloves that must be worn at all times while passing out single-serve water bottles to runners. All volunteers are expected to assist with clean-up.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Meeting Location: Patriot Room, John Hancock Hall
Expected Duration: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Cathy Lohse

Participants will receive food bags after they cross the finish line. Upon arrival you will pack items in bags. An effort will be made to rotate jobs; at various times you may be handing out food items, distributing bags to runners, or removing trash. Trash bags will be given out, and volunteers are expected to assist with clean-up. All volunteers working at Food Distribution areas will be provided vinyl gloves that must be worn at all times.

GATORADE RECOVERY BEVERAGE

Meeting Location: Red Time Out! Van on Boylston near Dartmouth at CVS

Expected Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Geoff Newton

You will be serving bottled, single-serve Gatorade Recovery Beverage, the official recovery drink of the Marathon. During the time prior to runner arrival, you will prepare the service area by opening cases containing the Gatorade. You will assist in keeping the Gatprade0 workspace clean. Vinyl gloves will be issued that must be worn at all times.

GREEN TEAM RECYCLING

Meeting Location: Red Time Out! Van on Boylston near Dartmouth at CVS

Expected Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Rose Martersteck

As runners pass through the Finish Area receiving various post-race amenities, several recyclable items may be discarded along the way (such as foil blankets, plastic water bottles). The Marathon is introducing two self-service recycling drop areas within the Finish; and your role would be to assist the efforts of the runners by directing their respective discards to the proper receptacles.

INFORMATION KIOSK

Meeting Location: Information Kiosk- Corner of Stuart Street & Berkeley Street
Expected Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Linda Fechter

The information kiosk is located along Stuart Street between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets. Kiosk volunteers provide spectators and runners with general information about the Marathon and the City of Boston. Volunteers also use the B.A.A.’s online Athlete Tracking System to provide spectators with information on the whereabouts of registered runners along the course. This is possible via the timing device. The kiosk is located within the Family Meeting Area.

POWERBAR DISTRIBUTION

Meeting Location: Red Time Out! Van on Boylston near Dartmouth at CVS

Expected Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: John Brooks

In the front section of the Food Distribution area, you and your fellow volunteers will serve PowerBar product to the runners. During the time prior to runner arrival, you will prepare the service area by opening cases containing the bars. You will assist in keeping the PowerBar workspace clean. Vinyl gloves will be issued that must be worn at all times.

VOLUNTEER SUPPORT CREW

Meeting Location: Copley Auxiliary Medical & Lunch Tent

Expected Duration: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Brian Gollub 

Volunteer lunches will be distributed from two Copley Square Park locations. After lunch is served volunteers will be re-deployed to assist in other Finish Service Areas.

 WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

Meeting Location: Lobby of Sheraton Boston Hotel
Expected Duration: 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Captain: Dave Estrada

Volunteers will assist the official wheelchair entrants from Boston out to Hopkinton and then assist them again in Boston, once they finish the race.

FINISHER MEDAL DISTRIBUTION

Meeting Location: Freedom Room, John Hancock Hall
Expected Duration: 9:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Captain: Larry Gagnon

Athletes will be given a medal upon finishing the race. Volunteers will assist with this distribution.

 

MARSHAL - FINISH AREA

Meeting Location: Back Bay Grand, John Hancock Hall
Expected Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Boylston Street, from Exeter Street to Arlington Street, Copley Square, Berkeley and St. James Avenue will be secured on race day. Entrance to this area is limited to official athletes, guests, volunteers, and media personnel, who have proper credentials. Marshal volunteers will be responsible for identifying people with improper or no credentials and asking them to leave the area. Security is very much a team effort, therefore, if at any time you require assistance, do not hesitate to ask.

Sector 01
Captain: Todd Koen
Sector 02
Captain: Bob Varroso
Sector 03
Captain: Tim Quinlan
Sector 04
Captain: Joanne Phelan
Sector 05
Captain: Robert Coppage, Susan Furgal
Sector 06
Captain: Kathy Rolfe
Sector 07
Captain: Molly Hitt
Sector 08
Captain: Luis Frias
Sector 09
Captain: Susan Barclay
Sector 10
Captain: Anton Shevchenko & Matthew Cooper
Sector 10 A
Captain: John Weldon
Sector 10 B
Captain: John Weldon
Sector 11
Captain: Peter Duffy
Sector 12
Captain:Bruce Showstack & Bonnie Showstack
Sector 15
Captain: Susan Munford
Sector 16
Captain: Brian Rettman
Copley Plaza Hotel
Captain: Paul Bettencourt
Elite
Captain: Phil Robichaud
Medical Tent
Captain: John Hannon
Medical Lane
Captain: Billy Farago & Logan Bloom
Photo Bridge
Captain: Mike Testa & Lisa Peduto

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.