Last Updated: Nov 05, 2019 03:58PM EST

Guidelines for Volunteering

Volunteer registration for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon race day is open in NYRR accounts. Volunteer registration for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance and other race-week events will open in summer 2020.  

Arriving to Volunteer

Please arrive on time for your shift. When you arrive at your volunteer location, check in with the volunteer coordinator at your site.

What to Wear

Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable shoes as you will likely be on your feet for the duration of your shift.

Volunteers at all fluid stations receive a knit hat and poncho to keep them dry. Start, finish, transportation, and course volunteers receive an official TCS New York City Marathon windbreaker. The jacket must be worn over all layers.

Bags and Belongings

Please do not bring a bag. Bags thicker than an envelope and larger than a fist will not be permitted on the course, in Fort Wadsworth, or at the finish line. Small fanny packs are permitted.

If you must bring a bag, you will have to check it at volunteer check-in. NYRR is not responsible for lost or stolen bags. Bikes will need to be properly stored and locked.

Plan Your Shift

Please plan to assist for your entire assigned shift. If you leave early, you may compromise the safety of the runners or spectators. If you need to leave early in the case of an emergency, please check out with your captain.

Volunteering with Children

Please only bring your children with you if they are registered as volunteers. There is a lot of activity, and we want everyone to be safe. All children under 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian, and children ages 10−15 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

Cancelling Your Shift

If you are not able to complete your volunteer shift, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to cancel your commitment. To do this, log into your NYRR account and navigate to the Volunteer tab of the dashboard. At the top of the page you will see Your Volunteer Commitments. Cancel your volunteer shift by clicking on Cancel button that displays next to the specific volunteer shift.