Boston Marathon Race Day: Amateur Radio

Start
  • Check-in location: Hopkinton State Park (164 Cedar Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748)
  • Check-in time: 4:15 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 1:00 p.m.
  • The START team is the “First on the Air” Monday morning and plays a key role in setting the tone for the day.
  • This team of approximately 40 volunteers works with many B.A.A. Volunteers and Staff ensure the safe and expedient release of athletes onto the course.
  • Volunteers work in all aspects of the START, from runner transport to their final release onto the course.
Along the Course
  • Check-in locations: Babson College - Knight Auditorium (271 Wellesley Ave, Wellesley, MA 02481) OR Newton North HS (457 Walnut St, Newton, MA 02460)
  • Check-in time: Between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
  • Check-out time: Between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • The COURSE team are the “eyes and ears” of the Race Operation Center along the 26.2 miles between Hopkinton and Boston.
  • This team of approximately 100 volunteers are stationed with the Medical Tents and Hydration Stations along the course.
  • This team provides routine status updates, assists with exception handling, and provides an emergency communications avenue to their assigned Medical or Hydration Station captain during the race.
Transportation
  • Check-in location: TransAction Associates (5 Wheeling Ave, Woburn, MA 01801)
  • Check-in Shuttle Available From: Riverside Station (Green Line) OR Med Tent A (Copley Square)
  • Check-in time: 6:30 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 6:00 p.m.
  • The TRANSPORTATION team assists runners who drop out of the race at each of the Medical Stations along the route and need to get back to Boston by a means other than their running shoes.
  • This team of approximately 40 volunteers partners with bus drivers and medical teams navigating up and down the course.
  • This is a very unique view of the race that few will ever have and is also the most accessible volunteer role to those who have limited mobility or endurance.
Finish Area
  • Check-in location: Dorothy Quincy Suite - Back Bay Events Center (180 Berkeley St. Boston, MA 02116)
  • Check-in time: 6:30 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 7:00 p.m.
  • The FINISH team “brings it home” welcoming tens of thousands of runners down Boylston Street.
  • This team of approximately 60 volunteers will either partner with a medical “sweep team”, fill a communication role stationed at a key Finish Area location, or act as a Communications Assistant to a race staff member.
  • This team ensures that communication  flowing accurately and efficiently among the medical sweep teams, the numerous medical tents, key Finish Area locations, and the Race Operations Center.
Net Control
  • Check-in location: TBA - Brookline, MA (Not Easily Accessible by Public Transit)
  • Check-in time: 7:00 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 6:00 p.m.
  • The NET CONTROL team is the “nerve center” of  COURSE and TRANSPORTATION Amateur Radio Teams.
  • This team of approximately 30 volunteers conduct numerous directed nets across the wide variety of frequencies used for the Boston Marathon.
  • This team is responsible for passing traffic between radio operators, other network control centers, public safety partners, and the Race Operations Center.
Net Control (Finish Area)
  • Check-in location: Dorothy Quincy Suite - Back Bay Events Center (180 Berkeley St. Boston, MA 02116)
  • Check-in time: 6:30 a.m.
  • Check-out time: 7:00 p.m.
  • The NET CONTROL (FINISH) team is the “nerve center” of  FINISH Amateur Radio Team.
  • This team of approximately 20 volunteers conduct numerous directed nets across the wide variety of frequencies used for the Boston Marathon.
  • This team is responsible for passing traffic between radio operators, other network control centers, public safety partners, and the Race Operations Center.