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Volunteer Leader Program

Volunteer leaders are individuals who are interested in greater responsibility at the TCS New York City Marathon and year-round engagement with New York Road Runners. Leaders help check in other volunteers, conduct orientations, and provide support in event operations by facilitating a positive volunteer experience. The ideal volunteer leader is the first to arrive and last to leave, feels compelled to motivate, engage, and empower volunteers in their area, and serves as an ambassador of the NYRR mission to inspire people through running.

Duties and Responsibilities

Volunteer leaders are ambassadors for New York Road Runners and the TCS New York City Marathon. Together with NYRR staff and vendors, Volunteer Leaders help manage many aspects of the race and ensure a smooth operation on race day. They help to ensure that every volunteer has a positive experience and that the needs of the organization, runners, sponsors, spectators, city agencies, and the community are met.

Volunteer Leaders:

  • Supervise, lead, guide, and assist volunteers at the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, including on site orientation and assistance with volunteer check‐in and cleanup.
  • Act as a liaison between NYRR and volunteers under your supervision.
  • Communicate with NYRR staff and group leaders (of groups working in your area) before and after the race.
  • Follow NYRR and TCS New York City Marathon guidelines, policies, and procedures.

Please note:

  • This opportunity is not +1 eligible.
  • If you are interested in bringing a group, visit our group leader page.

Volunteer Leader Requirements

  • Attend an orientation of the Marathon Volunteer Leadership program to determine this is a good fit.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and have good interpersonal skills and leadership qualities.
  • Must be resourceful and have a positive attitude.
  • Must have regular access to the internet and a mobile phone.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be able to participate for the full volunteer shift designated for your area, plus an hour before your volunteers are scheduled to arrive and an hour after they check out.
  • Must be committed to our mission and agree to be an ambassador for NYRR, the TCS New York City Marathon, and the City of New York.
  • Must be able to attend all training sessions scheduled for the TCS New York City Marathon, the United Airlines NYC Half, and the NYRR Brooklyn Half.

How to Apply

In My NYRR, register for your area of interest under Leaders 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. This is an application, not a commitment. We’ll do our best to place you in the area you choose; however, leaders are placed where we need them most.

  • New volunteer leaders must attend one orientation session. The date options will appear when you register. We offer an orientation meeting in Brooklyn and Manhattan on both weeknights and weekends. Returning volunteer leaders from the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon do not need to attend an orientation and should register as a Returning Volunteer Leader. 
  • You will be expected to volunteer at the United Airlines NYC Half (March 18) and/or the Airbnb Brooklyn Half (May).

Orientation sessions are offered on the following dates; select one date when you register:

Manhattan       November 16, 2017  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn   November 28, 2017 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Manhattan     December 9, 2017   10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Manhattan December 11, 2017 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Manhattan  January 28, 2018 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Manhattan February 7, 2018 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Manhattan March 26, 2018     6:00-7:30 p.m.
Manhattan April 19, 2018           6:00-7:30 p.m.



  • Volunteer leaders will have the opportunity distribute medals to runners at the NYRR Queens 10K and the New Balance Bronx 10 Mile.
  • Volunteer leaders scheduled for the TCS New York City Marathon will receive a 2018 TCS New York City Marathon jacket to wear on race day​.
  • Volunteer leaders will be invited to the volunteer appreciation party following the TCS New York City Marathon.
  • Volunteer Leaders will be eligible for year-round continuing education offerings and optional workshops.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information or with questions:

Harrison Silver, Volunteer Operations

646.758.7375 /  [email protected]