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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer registration opened November 7, 2016 for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, and closes August 31, 2017.

Medical
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We invite you to be part of the team of 1,500 volunteer licensed medical professionals who will provide medical expertise to 50,000 runners at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. You will meet great people, gain experience with event medicine, and be a part of the world’s largest marathon. You must be able to attend a medical orientation in advance of the event and to stay for the full duration of your assignment.

The following volunteers are needed:

  • Physicians—we need specialists in sports medicine, emergency medicine, orthopedics, GP, cardiology, podiatry, and other areas
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists and MSWs
  • Massage therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • EMTs and paramedics

Learn more about medical volunteer positions and the requirements for each position.

We also need students and others who will assist medical professionals at medical aid stations along the course and at the finish line. Hours vary by assignment and location. Volunteers with previous experience will be given first priority on placement.

If you are interested in learning more about being a medical volunteer at the TCS New York City Marathon and/or any NYRR race, please contact us at [email protected].   

Volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis. You will be notified when your profile is complete. Medical volunteer registration is open and will close August 31, 2017. All medical volunteers receive a TCS New York City Marathon windbreaker jacket to wear on race day, a T-shirt, a commemorative volunteer lapel pin, a certificate of appreciation, and a letter of community service. Volunteering on November 5, 2017 is not eligible for the 9+1 program for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon.  

You can register now and upload your photo and medical credentials at My NYRR.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

 

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Pre-race
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NYRR Youth Jamboree Presented by Tata Consultancy Services

Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff, Sunday, October 29

TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines, Friday, November 3

Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K, Saturday, November 4

TCS New York City Marathon Eve Dinner, Saturday, November 4

All of these opportunities qualify as a +1 credit for 2018 TCS New York City Marathon guaranteed-entry eligibility.

Pre-race volunteer opportunities will open for registration on August 1, 2017 and will remain open until filled. If an opportunity is not listed, that opportunity is full.

Race Day: Runner Services
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Runner Services volunteers support 50,000 runners at every point along their journey. You may assist runners boarding buses and ferries to the start, answer questions at the start, or provide support at the finish in Central Park. On-site and webinar training is offered in advance of race day.

Runner Services Opportunities

  • Staten Island Ferry loading: Help runners at Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan and on the ferry ride to Staten Island. The assignment is from 4:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Staten Island bus loading: Direct runners as they disembark at St. George Terminal and direct them to shuttle buses. The assignment is from 5:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Manhattan bus loading: Help and direct runners and wish them luck as they board buses at the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The assignment is from 4:00 to 8:00 a.m.
  • Specialty bus loading: Help and direct runners and wish them luck as they board buses from locations in Midtown Manhattan. Assignment times vary.

Marathon Ambassadors: Assist runners as they arrive at the start, provide support on the course at common drop-out spots, and answer questions about transportation and reuniting with friends and families at the finish. Assignment times vary.

 

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Race Day: Start Area
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The start of the TCS New York City Marathon is truly spectacular! Volunteering at the start and the staging area at Fort Wadsworth gives future marathoners a great opportunity to see what their race day will be like.

Due to the start location and logistics, runners need assistance at several points along their way to the start line. There are three “villages” in the start area: orange, blue, and green. Volunteer roles are listed for each village.

Free parking is available for volunteers, and bus transportation is offered from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Volunteer assignments start between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m., and most finish by 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers are invited to a breakfast, training, and walk-through of Fort Wadsworth on Saturday, October 28, 2017, the weekend before the marathon. Attendance is strongly recommended.

Start-area Opportunities

  • Marathon ambassador: Great role for former marathoners, customer-service experts, and volunteers who speak more than one language. Help at information tents, greet volunteers as they disembark from the buses, answer questions, and give directions.
  • Village marshal: Assist with distribution of food and fluids, and provide directions to runners.
  • Corral marshal: Help the runners get from the villages to the corrals, where they line up to begin the race.
  • Transportation and parking: Assist with traffic flow and loading/unloading volunteer parking shuttles and runner buses.
  • Volunteer administration support: Assist with volunteer check-in and checkout; distribute gear; and manage bag-check, food, and parking for volunteers.

 

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Race Day: Course Marshal
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Course marshals provide crowd and runner control. They are in the middle of the action; along with Marathon Ambassadors, they are the eyes and ears of the race.

An assertive personality (to keep the course free of spectators), a friendly attitude, and the ability to answer the same question repeatedly and to deal with large numbers of people are required. All roles require standing for the entire assignment.  

Volunteer registration opened November 7, 2016 and closes August 31, 2017.

Hours

  • Brooklyn:  8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Queens: 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Manhattan (Harlem): 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Manhattan (Central Park): 7:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

 

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Race Day: Fluid Stations
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Volunteers assist with the setup, breakdown, and cleanup of the 24 fluid stations, which provide Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance to runners. Each station is staffed by 200 volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Registration opened November 7, 2016, and closes August 31, 2017.

Please review the list of fluid stations below. In My NYRR, a station will appear on the list until it fills.

Training is not required, but optional webinars are offered. Volunteers receive a rain poncho to protect their clothing, a volunteer lapel pin, a thank-you gift, and a certificate of appreciation. 

Fluid stations are a great option for groups of 20 or more people to volunteer. Groups that have joined us in the past include alumni associations, college student athletes, running clubs, high schools, businesses, community organizations, and civic groups. Most stations can accommodate more than one group; a group of 150 can take over a whole station. If you have a group that’s interested in reserving a fluid station, please email [email protected].

Station Support at each station distributes credentials, checks in volunteers, and helps set up the station. Applicants are asked to volunteer at an NYRR race before the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon to prepare.

Fluid Station – Mile 3A
Location: Brooklyn (Fourth Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets)
Hours: 6:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 3B
Location: Brooklyn (Seventh Avenue between 78th Street and Bay Ridge Parkway)
Hours:6:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 4
Location: Brooklyn (Fourth Avenue between 63rd and 64th streets)
Hours: 6:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 5
Location: Brooklyn (Fourth Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets)
Hours: 6:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 6
Location: Brooklyn (Fourth Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets)
Hours: 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 7
Location: Brooklyn (Fourth Avenue between First and Second streets)
Hours: 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 8
Location: Brooklyn (Fourth Avenue between Dean and Pacific streets)
Hours: 6:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 9
Location: Brooklyn (Lafayette Avenue between Grand and Classon avenues)
Hours: 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 10
Location: Brooklyn (Bedford Avenue between Flushing Avenue and Lynch Street)
Hours: 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 13
Location: Brooklyn (McGuiness Boulevard and Green Street)
Hours: 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 14
Location: Queens (Vernon Boulevard between 46th Road and 46th Avenue)
Hours: 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 15
Location: Queens (Crescent Avenue between 43rd and 44th avenues)
Hours: 7:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 18
Location: Manhattan (First Avenue between 96th and 97th streets)
Hours: 7:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 19
Location: Manhattan (First Avenue between 115th and 116th streets)
Hours: 7:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 20
Location: Bronx (East 138th Street between Alexander and Third avenues)
Hours: 8:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 22
Location: Manhattan (Fifth Avenue between 117th and 118th streets)
Hours: 8:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 24
Location: Manhattan (Central Park, East Drive behind the Met Museum)
Hours: 8:30 a.m.6:00 p.m.

Fluid Station – Mile 25
Location: Manhattan (Central Park, East Drive and 61st Street)
Hours: 8:30 a.m.6:00 p.m.

 

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Race Day: Finish Area
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The finish and post-finish areas are filled with activity. Volunteers help keep things moving smoothly and protect runner safety and security. In Family Reunion, they help family and friends reunite with runners. Volunteer registration opened November 7, 2016 and closes August 31, 2017.

Most finish/post-finish assignments are eight hours, and all require volunteers to stand for the entire assignment and deal with large numbers of people. All finish-area volunteers receive a thank you gift, a volunteer lapel pin, and a certificate of appreciation.

Finish-area Positions

  • Finish marshal: Offer directions, lead runners to the right location as they exit the park, and help ensure runner safety. A second language is a plus.
     
  • Marathon Ambassador: Help runners after they complete the race find their families and transportation and food options. You will staff our information tents and along the Central Park West answering questions and offering direction. Familiarity with the TCS New York City Marathon, with New York City, and a second language are very helpful. A friendly attitude is required. Great role for former marathoners, customer-service experts, and volunteers who speak more than one language.
     
  • Poncho distribution: Distribute warming ponchos along Central Park West to runners who selected the Post-race Poncho option.
     
  • HeatSheet distribution: Hand HeatSheets to runners after they cross the finish line. You must have a photo in your profile to be confirmed for this job.
     
  • Green Team: Place HeatSheets in special receptacles outside Central Park for recycling.
     
  • Medal distribution and security*: Give finisher medals to runners after they cross the finish line.
     
  • Food bag distribution: Distribute Runner Recovery Bags Presented by Hospital for Special Surgery to runners after they cross the finish line. This role is offered in two shifts. You must have a photo in your profile to be confirmed for this job.
     
  • Bag check: Assist our partner UPS with unloading the bag trucks and reuniting runners with their bags.
     
  • Volunteer support: Assist with the volunteer check-in and checkout processes, distribute gear, and manage bag check and food court for volunteers. This is an indoor role that is offered in two shifts.

* The role of distributing medals at the finish line is one of the most highly prized TCS New York City Marathon positions. The application for this role will close June 30, 2017. We will select 100 applicants who have volunteered the most with NYRR from January through June 2017. We will notify applicants of their status by July 15, giving enough time to choose another volunteer opportunity before volunteer registration closes August 31.

 

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