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Volunteer information

We rely on the dedication of volunteers to make the Bank of America Chicago Marathon a success! From the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, through the 26.2 mile course, to the finish line in Grant Park, prepare yourself to feel inspired, motivated and energized by joining our volunteer team. Current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

All volunteers are required to register online individually by Monday, October 1, 11:59 p.m.

Individual volunteers

The Chicago Marathon depends on each volunteer to provide the best possible experience for race participants. The following roles are open to individual volunteers. Click on an event to learn more and to register!

Participant packet preparation
Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 6

Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K
Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 6

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Sunday, October 7
Start corrals, information team, course marshal and Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party beer opportunities are open to individuals on race day.

Volunteer groups

Join the fleet of over 200 volunteer groups that make up the Bank of America Chicago Marathon volunteer team! Group leaders recruit volunteers, share assignment information, relay registration instructions and keep their group on task and organized on the day of the event. Visit the group leader application to learn more about group registration and to apply. 

Group leader application

Key volunteers

Key volunteers help fulfill critical leadership and management roles on race weekend. 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. Visit the key volunteer application to learn more about key volunteer roles and to apply.

Key volunteer application

Get more involved

Are you or your group looking to get involved beyond race weekend? Learn about additional volunteer opportunities here.


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