Pre-Race Preparation
  • Leading up to race day, volunteers are needed to help with pre-race preparation including bib stuffing for the B.A.A. 5K and the Boston Marathon.
  • These stuffing projects are weekday assignments filled by returning volunteers. Please email volunteer@baa.org if you are a returning bib stuffing volunteer. 
B.A.A. 5K
  • The race starts and finishes at Boston Common.
  • Athletes are excited to run through the heart of Boston, as the B.A.A. 5K serves to kick-off the B.A.A. Distance Medley and Boston Marathon weekend. We rely on energetic volunteers to welcome all 10,000 5K participants and support them throughout their experience, whether it’s their first 5K or they are running the 5K as a shake-out for Marathon Monday.
  • B.A.A. 5K volunteers will receive an adidas Boston Marathon volunteer jacket. 
Boston Marathon Expo
  • The Boston Marathon Expo is at the Hynes Convention Center.
  • Athletes from around the world come to the Expo to pick up race materials, get their final race questions answered, buy merchandise, and celebrate their training accomplishments that have led them to race weekend. Throughout the 3-day expo, volunteers are interacting with race participants making them feel welcome, inspired, and excited. 
  • Fanfest is a celebration of Boston Marathon Race Weekend in Copley Square. There will be photo opportunities, activities, and live entertainment for visitors including sponsor activations. Volunteers will help support set up and activity stations.
Boston Marathon Race Day: HOPKINTON
  • Start Area Assignments are in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
  • On race morning, participants arrive in Hopkinton anxious and excited for the day ahead of them. We depend on our Hopkinton volunteers to welcome our 30,000 participants, support their pre-race needs, and facilitate a smooth start of the race. If you apply for a Hopkinton position, make sure you are able to be in Hopkinton for the entire shift. More information on parking and potential shuttles from Boston will be announced in March.
  • Positions in the start area are typically filled by returning volunteers and groups. 
Boston Marathon Race Day: BOSTON
  • In the Finish Area, volunteers help in a variety of ways, from pre-race assisting with gear check or post-race celebrating each athletes’ accomplishments, or providing food and hydration. The Finish Area is the final destination for our participants after their long journey to the Boston Marathon Finish Line. Our Finish Area volunteers are known for being supportive and enthusiastic for our race finishers.Volunteers in the finish area should come prepared to work a full day.
  • Positions in the Finish area are typically filled by returning volunteers and groups. 
Boston Marathon Weekend: Para Athletes
  • The Boston Marathon Para Athletes Divisions and Programs include the Wheelchair Division, Visually Impaired Division, Mobility Impaired Program (Runners), Handcycle Program, and Duo Teams.
  • Medical positions are typically filled by returning volunteers and volunteer groups.
  • If you are interested in joining as a medical volunteer, we encourage you to apply for the Course Medical Bus, the B.A.A. 5K Medical Team, or a Massage Therapist (if qualified). 
Amateur Radio
  • Amateur Radio volunteer opportunities exist along the entire event from the Start Area in Hopkinton to the Finish Area in Boston as well as in each of the 6 cities and towns in between!
  • This group of volunteers are communications specialists and assist in the transfer of both emergency and routine messages during the race. An FCC Amateur Radio license is required to act as an Amateur Radio Volunteer, much like you need a driver's license to operate a motor vehicle. If you are not already licensed and are interested in getting licensed reach out to us at contact@HamRadioBoston.org. There are certain volunteer jobs that do not require (although encourage) an FCC Amateur Radio license. Our service is made effective as it focuses upon the clarity, efficiency and accuracy of the communications links we provide. Volunteers who have public safety communications experience are among those so qualified. Please write contact@HamRadioBoston.org to see if you qualify.