Volunteer opportunities for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon are now open! Review opportunities below and visit the position’s registration link to sign up to volunteer. All individuals must register online in order to volunteer. The volunteer registration deadline is midnight, Monday, October 6.
Volunteer registration can only be accessed on a computer and is not optimized for mobile devices.
Participant packet preparation
Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21
If you are running the marathon or otherwise unable to volunteer race weekend, you can still get involved! Help us prepare for the arrival of 45,000 participants by preparing race packets on September 19, 20 and/or 21. Enjoy pizza, music, the company of fellow volunteers and more! We hope you will consider joining our packet preparation team!
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11
Join us in welcoming runners from around the world at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place. The Health & Fitness Expo is often the first stop for many participants, bringing months of planning and preparation to life. Share in the anticipation of race day and wish this year’s participants ‘good luck’ by registering to volunteer for one of our Expo roles!
Sunday, October 12
Experience the excitement of 45,000 participants getting ready to race by volunteering for start corrals! The Marathon places participants into specific start corrals based on qualifying or estimated finish times. Start corral volunteers regulate access to the start corrals, control flow through pedestrian crosswalks and keep participants organized as they move toward the start line to kick off their Chicago Marathon journeys. Learn more about start corrals today!
Sunday, October 12
How do we ensure 45,000 participants know where to check their gear, enter their start corral and enjoy the post-race party on race day? We rely on knowledgeable and enthusiastic info team volunteers! Help us provide general event information and directions to key destinations in and adjacent to Grant Park. Join the info team to play a vital role in making sure race participants, spectators and volunteers have a great experience at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Course marshal application
Sunday, October 12
Spanning all 29 neighborhoods and 26.2 miles of the race course, course marshals play a vital role supporting the participants, spectators and community on race day. Community partners and neighborhood supporters living or working on or near the course are invited to volunteer with us. Preference will be given to applicants who are adults and live in the neighborhood in which they are volunteering. Visit our course marshal application for more information and to apply to join us on race day!
Registration is now open for licensed professionals and health care students. Visit the Medical Volunteer Program webpage to learn more and to register to volunteer.
Get more involved race weekend
Group leader application
Can you recruit a group of 25 or more volunteers to support the marathon? Over 100 group leaders are needed to recruit volunteers, share assignment and registration information and keep their group on task and organized the day of the event. To learn more, and to apply to bring a volunteer group to the event, visit our group leader application.
Race Day Parking with ParkWhiz
Find and book the perfect parking space for race day with ParkWhiz. Parking lots surrounding Grant Park and throughout the course can be booked ahead of time to ensure a locked-in discounted rate and a space awaiting your arrival.
Thank you 2013 Volunteers!
Thank you to each and every volunteer who supported the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. It is your contributions that helped a record 39,115 participants cross the Finish Line on Sunday, October 13! Special thanks to over 100 volunteer groupswho supported the event.
Certificate of appreciation
Personalized volunteer certificates of appreciation are now available! Log-in to your volunteer registration account and visit my jobs tab. Click on 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon under the headline past jobs to view and download your certificate.
Relive the excitement and take a peak behind the scenes at volunteer roles across the event by visiting our volunteer photo album. Do you have amazing photos you would like to share? Email us your photos or a link to the album.
Photos courtesy of volunteer photographers Norman Timonera, Al Junco and more.