Apply to volunteer at the 2020 Boston Marathon

Volunteer registration for the 2020 Boston Marathon is open! For a list of open volunteer descriptions, please click below:


Assignments filled by returning volunteer groups are not listed. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Assignment notifications will be e-mailed in mid-March.

Before submitting a volunteer application, please consider the following:

  • Be sure that you can commit to the full shift time listed and that you feel comfortable getting yourself to the meeting location.
  • Monday, April 20 is not a holiday for all businesses and schools.
  • Volunteer assignments are made based on volunteer history and job availability.
  • The majority of volunteer assignments require standing for long periods of time with few opportunities to sit. Contact volunteer@baa.org for recommendations of assignments with less standing.
  • Ninety-five percent of volunteer positions are filled by returning volunteers.
  • Volunteer assignments for the 2020 Boston Marathon are not guaranteed. We typically receive about 1,500 more applicants than we have assignments to fill.
  • Selecting at least one job preference for a “Wherever I’m Needed” assignment when you complete your application is a great way to increase your chances of being selected on your first year.

To apply as a volunteer for the 2020 Boston Marathon, use the instructions below:

  • Click the button below to access the 2020 volunteer application.
  • Choose between registering as a new volunteer or log-in with your B.A.A. Volunteer Loyalty Number (VLN). If you do not know your VLN, you can look it up below:
  • Select whether you are a MEDICAL or GENERAL volunteer.
  • Complete your personal information and navigate to the next page. 
  • If you have a group name and passcode, select "join an existing group" when prompted, type in the group name and enter the pass code. It is important type in the group name and passcode with no additional spaces or characters.
  • If you do not have a group name and passcode, please select that you are applying as an individual or create your own group. 
  • Complete the rest of the application and submit, making sure to complete the process by obtaining an on-screen confirmation number.

For a list of registration FAQs, click below:

2020 Boston Marathon - Volunteer Timeline
January 6, 2020
  • Volunteer registration opens on Monday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m. The application will be available on this page.
February 7, 2020
  • Volunteer registration closes on Friday, February 7 at 5:00 p.m
March 2020
  • Notifications are sent to all applicants. 
April 2020
  • The Boston Marathon Expo: Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April19
  • The B.A.A. 5K: Saturday, April 18
  • The 124th Boston Marathon: Monday, April 20