Boston Marathon Race Day: BOSTON

Please note, all check-in times and locations are subject to change.

Bus Loading: Charles Street 
  • Check-in location: Boston Common on Charles Street
  • Check-in time: 6:30 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Participants are able to take the buses from Boston to Hopkinton on race morning.
  • Volunteers help load the buses and wish all athletes good luck as they make their journey to the start line. 
Gear Check: Shift 1
  • Check-in location: Gear Check Tents, Corner of Berkeley Street and Boylston Street
  • Check-in time: 4:30 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 11:00 a.m.
  • The first shift of gear check volunteers will help receive belongings from athletes before they head out to the start in Hopkinton.
Gear Check: Shift 2
  • Check-in location: TBD
  • Check-in time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 6:30 p.m.
  • The second shift of gear check volunteers will help return belongings to athletes who have just completed the Boston Marathon. 
Finish Area: Wherever I’m Needed (Recommended for new applicants)
  • Check-in location and time will vary depending on which assignment you receive.
  • Potential assignments could include any of those listed above, or others in the Boston area. These include, but are not limited to: event marshals, finisher food or water distribution, or green team.
  • Assignments will be made by taking into account volunteer years of service and staffing needs at each assignment
Food - Finish Area
  • Check-in location: TBD
  • Check-in time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Volunteers help distribute food bags to finishers after the race. Be prepared for a long day outside!
Volunteer Check In
  • Check-in location: TBD
  • Check-in time: 6:15am
  • Check-out time: 11:00am
  • Volunteers assist with checking in volunteers for assignments, distributing credentials, and distributing jackets. Volunteers should be comfortable using an iPad.