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Event Information: Job Descriptions

Here's what you can do on race day


  • Bus Greeter
    Team Captain: Steve Calder and Mike Giallongo 
    Check-in time: 6:00 a.m. - Noon
    Bus Greeters are the very first B.A.A. representatives of the day. Volunteers will welcome and assist athletes as they park and make their way to the shuttles.  
  • Clothing Check
    Team Captain: Roger Boyle
    Check-in time: 7:00 a.m. - Noon
    Official runners will be given the opportunity to check their warm-up clothing prior to the race. The clothing will be organized for easy distribution to the runners following their race.
  • Course Monitors
    Team Captain: Hap Farber
    Check-in Time: 6:30 a.m. - Noon
    Course Monitors will be relied upon to provide the runners with direction, as well as safety along the course. Course Monitors will meet at Playstead Park and be dispatched from there via bus. They should remain at their location until picked up again by bus.
  • Food/Fluids
    Team Captain: Ed Wiederhold
    Check-in time: 6:30 a.m. - Noon
    These volunteers will set-up and help distribute various food and beverage products. Items will be available to the athletes before and after the race.
  • Medal Distribution
    Team Captain: Chris Lane
    Check-in time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
    Runners will receive a medal after they cross the finish line. Volunteers will help distribute these medals.
  • Runner Shirt Distribution
    Team Captain: Tom Donovan
    Check-in time: 6:45 a.m. – Noon
    Volunteers will set-up and help distribute runners shirts.
  • Start Area and Distance Medley Medal Distribution
    Team Captain: Ron Foisey
    Check-in time: 7:00 a.m. - Noon
    Assist athletes at the Start Line. Distance Medley participants will receive a medal after they cross the finish line. Volunteers will help distribute these medals.
  • Start/Finish Marshal  – White Stadium
    Team Captain: Brian Rhettman
    Check-in Time: 6:30 a.m. – Noon
    Volunteers will help the flow of runner, press, spectator and elite athlete traffic.
  • Medical Team
    Team Captain: Chris Troyanos
    Check-in time: 6:30 a.m. – Noon (all start/finish AND course volunteers)
    Medical tents will be set up at the Start/Finish Area and at three locations along the course. All course medical staff should check in at Playstead Park. Upon check-in, all medical volunteers will assist in setting up equipment in the medical tent. A group medical meeting will take place at 6:45 a.m., after which all course medical staff will then be transported to their assigned course location.
  • Ham Radio Communications
    Team Captain: Brett Smith, AB1RL
    Check-in time: 6:30 a.m. – Noon
    Hams provide communications from Medical and Water stations, and at critical course locations. An Amateur Radio license of Technician class or above is required.


All of the above information is subject to change at any time

B.A.A. Moment 5

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.