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Event Information: Volunteering

Contact Info:
Elisabeth Worthing
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-236-1652 x2630

13th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon


  • Volunteer check in is held primarily in the Franklin Park area with the exception of a couple of fluid stations on course.
  • No parking is available at Franklin Park. The B.A.A. will provide parking at three Boston locations with shuttles to Franklin Park.
  • Volunteer assignment confirmation emails will be sent by September 20, 2013.
  • This event is held on a three-day holiday weekend.



  • 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 both 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.
  • Security – 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: Bob Salow, WA1IDA
    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. Please contact Bob Salow for further information.



  • Volunteers should please report to their volunteer check-in no later than the time listed on thier assignment.
  • At volunteer check-in you will receive your t-shirt and attend a brief orientation session before you begin your assignment.
  • At this session, you will receive detailed instructions as to your responsibilities and tour the area where you will be working.
  • You will meet your Team Captain and have an opportunity to ask questions.



  • Please stay in your assigned area. This is important in order to serve the runners in an efficient manner and as best we can.
  • Dress casually and for the weather. Please wear your volunteer t-shirt at all times as your outer most layer and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Please do not bring any backpacks or valuables with you to your assignment. All bags are subject to search by B.A.A. security personnel or authority of the town your volunteer job is in. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Also, please do not bring cameras, children or pets.
  • This is a healthy, athletic event – all volunteers will be required to obey the NO SMOKING rule.



Cambridge Running Club
Central Mass Striders
Heartbreak Hill Striders
Parkway Running Club
Run for the Memory, Alzheimer's Association
Shamrock Running Club
Somerville Road Runners
Wampanoag Road Runners



“We had a great day today; fantastic race as always. I just wanted to let you know how honored we are to be able to help out at the B.A.A. events. It really is a great time and we have a lot of fun. We are a very enthusiastic bunch for an early Sunday morning. And on B.A.A. volunteer days we are extra happy because we are not running. LOL!!” - Kim Wamback, Central Mass Striders Volunteer

“I had an awesome time and our Team Captain Brian was a great person to work with; can not wait to sign up again for future events.” - Freddie Sanchez, Volunteer

“Your staff and volunteers are tremendous – encouraging in every aspect of the event – from baggage check to picking up my trophy – I mean tee-shirt. The folks at the course amenities were super – full of energy and encouragement – even the greeters and shuttle drivers were just positive all the way around.” - Jeanne, B.A.A. Half Marathon Finisher

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to volunteer on Sunday. It was such an amazing experience being on the other side of the race. It was great to meet you.. and I had a lot of fun!!!" - Jessica, Run for the Memory Team Volunteer


Elisabeth Worthing
Community and Volunteer Services
Boston Athletic Association
40 Trinity Place, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
617-236-1652 X 2630

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.