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Key Volunteer application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Key Volunteer with the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Key Volunteers help fulfill critical leadership and management roles on race weekend.
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Becoming a Key Volunteer is a great opportunity for people looking to translate their experience, enthusiasm and passion into a higher level commitment to the event. Applicants must have previous volunteer experience with the Chicago Marathon or another large road-racing event.

Availability

Key Volunteers assigned to Grant Park, the course or the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo must be available on the following dates:

Grant Park

  • Saturday, September 26: Event Production Meeting
  • Saturday, October 10: Grant Park walk-through
  • Sunday, October 11: Race day from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exact shift times vary.

Course

  • Sunday, October 11: Race day from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exact shift times vary.

Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place

  • Saturday, September 26: Event Production Meeting
  • Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10: Expo from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Applicants must be available for the entirety of both days.

Timeline

Please note the following important dates:

  • Week of July 27: Launch of the Key Volunteer application process
  • August: Bank of America Chicago Marathon Volunteer Team will contact new Key Volunteer applicants
  • Week of August 17: Key Volunteer assignments begin and continue on a rolling basis
  • August and September: Key Volunteers may be invited to respective area planning meetings
  • Saturday, September 26: Key Volunteers are required to attend the Event Production Meeting
  • Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10: Abbott Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place
  • Saturday, October 10: Grant Park walk-through and set-up
  • Sunday, October 11: Race day

Assignments

The number of applicants often exceeds the number of Key Volunteer roles available. Returning Key Volunteers will be given priority. New applicants will be assigned based on event needs, qualifications, experience and availability. All new applicants will receive a phone call to further discuss their interest in the event, their relevant experience and where their talents can best be utilized race weekend. Please be patient as you wait for our response.

Next steps

Apply NowBefore applying, be sure to review our Key Volunteer requirements and guidelines so you understand the characteristics and expectations of Key Volunteers. In order to adequately indicate your team preference on your application new applicants should also review our Key Volunteer roles and responsibilities. Lastly, take a moment to review some “What should I do if?” questions and answers relevant to Key Volunteers.

Thank you for your support!

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