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Volunteer information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

On Sunday, October 8, 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.

All volunteers are required to register online by midnight, Monday, October 2.

Individual volunteers

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon depends on each individual volunteer to create a successful event. Select a role below to learn more and to register!

Pre-race opportunities

Participant packet preparation
Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17
If you are running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or otherwise unable to volunteer race weekend, you can still get involved! Help us prepare for the arrival of thousands of participants by preparing race packets. Enjoy pizza, music, the company of fellow volunteers and more!

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7
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 

Sunday, October 8

Start corrals
Experience the excitement of participants getting ready to race as a start corral volunteer! 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!

Information team
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 by joining the info team!

Course marshals
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. Register as a course marshal in your neighborhood today!

Volunteer groups

Join the fleet of over 200 volunteer groups that make the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon a world-class success! Group leaders recruit volunteers, share assignment information, relay registration instructions and keep their group on task and organized on the day of the event. After completing an application, group leaders will be contacted with a group assignment and a unique registration link for the group’s volunteers.

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 webpage to learn more about key volunteer roles and assignments and to apply.

Key volunteer application

Thank you 2016 volunteer groups!

Thank you to more than 200 volunteer groups that helped at the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Abbott Health & Fitness Expo!

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