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Group Leader Application FAQ

Group Leaders are encouraged to review the following frequently asked questions to learn more about the application process and volunteer group expectations.

How does the application process work?
The Group Leader Application process allows us to learn more about your volunteer group. Please use the Group Information fields in the application to share any additional information about your group, such as past volunteer experience or special skills. Your group may be assigned to a volunteer position according to the needs of the event, your group’s past volunteer experience with the event and the total number of volunteers you expect to recruit. Past volunteer groups will receive priority in assignments over new groups.

Please note that due to high interest and limited volunteer roles, not all applications will be accepted.

When will I know if my application has been accepted?
Applications will be reviewed and assignments distributed on a rolling basis.

Timeline of Key Dates:

  • Monday, July 29: Group Leader Application opens – New groups are welcome to apply
  • Friday, September 20 : Final day for groups to be assigned
  • Saturday, Septembers 28: Event Production Meeting – Mandatory for Group Leaders

After my group is accepted, what are the next steps?
If your group is accepted into the 2013 volunteer program you will be contacted via e-mail by an event Volunteer Coordinator. At that time, you will receive your group’s volunteer assignment along with all the information you need to start recruiting and registering volunteers. We strive to allow six to eight weeks for Group Leaders to recruit and volunteers to register.

What is the minimum age to volunteer at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
We realize that the opportunity and experience of volunteering for an event can have a positive impact on children and young adults of all ages; however, due to the unpredictable and physical nature of many of the event roles and areas, we require all volunteers to be 16 years of age or older on the day they are volunteering. We also do not permit children and young adults, under the age of 16, to accompany registered volunteers when they are volunteering at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon race day or at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo. In addition, one chaperone is required for every 10 volunteers under the age of 18 in order to ensure sufficient supervision and behavioral management.

Are volunteer groups eligible for a donation?
Non-profit groups that bring 25 or more volunteers on race day are eligible to receive a donation from the Chicago Marathon. To learn more, visit our Volunteer Group Donations webpage.

What is expected of Group Leaders?
Please review the Group Leader Guidelines for further details.

What is expected of volunteers the day of the event?
Please review the Volunteer Guidelines for further details.

Additional questions can be directed to

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