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Volunteer with us! Volunteers serve in many ways leading up to and during the event, from preparing participant packets to joining the excitement of race weekend at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and along the 26.2-mile course. Learn more

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Volunteer handing out water at the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon


The Bank of America 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 15 through Sunday, September 17

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
Thursday, October 5 through Saturday, October 7

Abbott Chicago 5K
Saturday, October 7

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Sunday, October 8
Course marshal, gear check, information team, start corrals and Post-Race Party beer tent opportunities are open to individuals on race day.


Join the fleet of more than 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. Please note, non-profit groups, clubs or organizations that check-in 20 or more volunteers on race day or at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and meet event qualifications are eligible for a modest donation

Group leader application


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


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