How you can volunteer for the 2019 Boston Marathon

There are plenty of ways for non-runners to get involved in the 2019 race.

Nicole Dimercurio, from left, Rachel Hyland and Sarah Sellers approach the 24 mile marker of the 2018 Boston Marathon.

If you’re feeling a secondhand runner’s high from the 2018 Boston Marathon and itching to get more involved (without speeding along the route yourself), sit tight for winter. There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved, including in the full force of volunteers the Boston Athletic Association puts together early in the year.

Potential volunteers are able to apply via an online portal on the BAA’s website, which has not yet opened for the 2019 Boston Marathon. For the 2018 race, the deadline to send in an application was February 7, and assignment notifications went out one month prior to the race, in mid-March.


Information on the BAA’s website states that assignments are made based on volunteer history and job availability. Ninety-five percent of its force is made up of individuals or groups who have volunteered in the past, and the association usually receives about 1,500 more applications than it can accept.

Applicants are able to list assignment preferences on the application, and there are a slew of opportunities from Hopkinton to the finish line. However, because of high interest, the BAA recommends first-time applicants make at least one job preference on the application “Wherever I’m Needed” to increase the chances of being selected.


Photos: The Boston Marathon through the years: