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Individual volunteer opportunities for the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon are now open!

On Sunday, October 9, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will mark the pinnacle of achievement for runners ranging from world-class elites to debut marathoners. Prepare yourself to feel inspired, motivated and energized by volunteering with one of the world’s most renowned and popular marathons.

Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. Volunteers are required to register online by midnight, Monday, October 3.

Unregistered individuals will not be allowed to volunteer the day of the event.

Pre-race opportunities

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8
Join us in welcoming participants from around the world at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place. The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo is often the first stop for many runners, 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!

Race day opportunities

Post-Race Party Beer Tent/ID Check
Sunday, October 9
Celebrate the achievements of marathon finishers by volunteering at the beer tent located inside the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party. Please note that all volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. Join the celebration today!

Grant Park info team
Sunday, October 9
How do we ensure participants from all over the world 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 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Course marshal application
Sunday, October 9
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!

Start corrals
Sunday, October 9
Experience the excitement of participants getting ready to race as a start corral volunteer! The Bank of America Chicago Marathon places participants into specific race day 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!

Get more involved race weekend

Group leader application
Can you recruit a group of 25 or more volunteers to support the Bank of America Chicago 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.

Key volunteer application
Key volunteers help fulfill critical leadership and management roles on race weekend. Do you have the experience, enthusiasm and passion it takes to make a bigger commitment to the event? If so, we want you to apply to be a key volunteer.

2015 Certificate of Appreciation

Did you volunteer at the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Download your customized Certificate of Appreciate by logging in to your volunteer account at

Race weekend photos

Relive the excitement and take a peak at other areas of the event by visiting the photo gallery. Do you have amazing photos you would like to share? Email us your photos or a link to the album.


Thank you 2015 volunteer groups!

Thank you to more than 150 volunteer groups that helped the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Abbott Health & Fitness Expo!

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