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Event Information: Special Operations

Volunteer - Special Operations

The B.A.A. prides itself in staging the best-organized and most runner-friendly race in the world. In order to provide the best possible service it’s essential to develop highly trained volunteers at certain high-profile locations. These volunteers come from a network of active running clubs in the Greater Boston Area. No sole volunteers are accepted.


Friday, April 11, Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014
When runners pick up their bib numbers they also receive a bag and a runners’ shirt. Volunteers stuff these bags with various sponsor products prior to the opening of the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. Volunteers should be prepared for an extremely busy day.

Meeting Location: Gentle Giant Warehouse, Wilmington, MA
Captain: Tom Licciardello

Friday Shift 
Expected Duration: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Shift 1 
Expected Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday Shift 2 
Expected Duration 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Shift 1
Expected Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Shift 2
Expected Duration: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Saturday, April 19, 2014 and Sunday, April 20, 2014
During race weekend, an information kiosk will be located in Copley Square Park. Information will be provided, including maps of the start and finish areas, athlete transportation information, and details on the Marathon schedule of events. The Boston Marathon Command Center, staffed by representatives of the B.A.A. and the Boston Police Department, is located nearby (Dartmouth Street across from the Boston Public Library), and may be of service for emergency situations and more difficult questions.

Meeting Location: Tent located on corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets
Captain: Linda Fechter

Saturday Shift 1 
Expected Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday Shift 2
Expected Duration: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Shift 1
Expected Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Shift 2 
Expected Duration: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Meeting Location: Center School, Hopkinton
Expected Duration: 6:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Captain: Mary Jo LaFrenier

Church Security volunteers are responsible for ensuring that only those with proper credentials are allowed access into the designated elite athlete area at the church.


Meeting Location: Information Kiosk (Hopkinton Town Common)
Expected Duration: 6:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Captain: Dottie Ferriter-Wallace

Your assignment will be to provide information to runners and spectators at various locations within the Athletes’ Village and the Town Common area. Volunteers stationed at the Common will be asked to help with volunteer lunch distribution.



Meeting Location: Newton - 16.8 Miles
Expected Duration: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Captains: John Mahoney, Wicked Running Club

PowerGel, a highly concentrated replenishment gel, will be offered at the PowerGel Station located at approximately 16.8 miles. As runners pass by, volunteers will distribute small PowerGel packets from tables on each side of the road. As with all course aid and Hydration Stations, PowerGel volunteers are responsible for cleaning up the area in and around their station.


Meeting Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Expected Duration: 7:30 a.m. - TBD
Captain: Tarryn Prosper

The media areas include the Oval Room, Venetian Room and Grand Ballroom in the Fairmont Copley Plaza. No blue jeans or sneakers please.



Meeting Location: Copley Plaza Hotel
Expected Duration: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Captain: Kathy Nary

Drug Testing volunteers will escort athletes selected for testing from the time they cross the finish line until the time of testing. Working closely with press/media volunteers and elite medical personnel, you will ensure athletes who require drug testing follow proper procedure and report in a timely manner.


Meeting Location: Bostix ticket booth, corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets
Expected Duration: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Captain: John Adamczak

The Finish Area contains a host of material resources (tables, chairs, water, Gatorade, food supplies that need to be placed and set up in the service zones by Porters. Near the conclusion of the race, the Porters consolidate and re-loaded equipment and left-over supplies back onto trucks during the clean-up process.



Meeting Location: VIP Grandstand, Boylston Street in front of the Boston Public Library
Expected Duration: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Captain: Paula Santosuosso

Ushers will welcome grandstand and bleacher guests and make sure they are seated in the correct section.


Meeting Location: VIP Tent On Copley Square Park
Expected Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Captain: Paul Clark

A special program has been created for VIP runners who we wish to provide with additional amenities. Volunteers will escort these runners to Hopkinton and make sure they are staged in the correct area. When they finish the race, these athletes will be escorted to a VIP tent in Copley Square Park. Their baggage will be delivered from Hopkinton on special buses and be delivered to the VIP tent.

B.A.A. Moment 9

2010 - The Hoyts

When many think of the Boston Marathon, they think of Team Hoyt, the father/son team of Dick and Rick who have participated in their unique way 28 times. Dick was 69 at the 2010 Boston Marathon.