NYRR events truly could not happen without our volunteers! There are many ways to get involved.
Volunteering at an NYRR event is the perfect way to give back, connect with your community, and get inspired before your next race!
Here are the top five reasons why you should volunteer today:
1. Earn rewards: When you volunteer, you often get special benefits. Volunteers also get +1 credit toward our 9+1 program for guaranteed entry to the TCS New York City Marathon (NYRR members only) and a special T-shirt.
2. Connect with us: In your off-season or while you’re recovering from an injury, stay in touch with your fellow runners by volunteering. You’ll get news about the community and updates on what’s happening around NYRR.
3. Meet great people: Among the local standouts, NYRR staff, and other cool people you might not have the opportunity to meet otherwise, you may find your new best friend or meet the love of your life at one of our races!
4. Enjoy the views: Get front-row seats to see running heroes in action when you volunteer on the course. Check out new running trends, products, and offers at our expos. There’s more to running than just our races.
5. Talk shop: Share your love of the sport with others. You can invite your friends, family, and school or community groups to do community service together with you.
We are recruiting new Team Leaders who will organize groups of volunteers to work at NYRR races. These volunteer teams will have prioritized access to volunteer opportunities in the TCS New York City Marathon and our other large races. Volunteer groups could come from youth groups, schools, service clubs, athletic teams, church groups, or companies. If you are interested in being a Team Leader for any of our upcoming races, the first step is to submit an application, and we'll follow up with more information. E-mail your completed application to email@example.com or fax to 646-737-2261. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ING New York City Marathon
Ten thousand volunteers work during the marathon and at related events in the week leading up to the race. The marathon is a success due to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Applications for Team Leaders to bring groups to volunteer at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon are available now. If you are interested in being a Team Leader, the first step is to complete an application, and we'll follow up with more information. E-mail your completed application to email@example.com or fax to 646-737-2261. Volunteer placement for groups will begin July 1 and volunteer registration for individuals will open August 1 and close in late September. If you have any questions please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please e-mail us if you would like to sign up for our volunteer e-newsletter.
Runners Supporting Runners
Everyone who volunteers will receive a T-shirt, and we often provide additional thank-you gifts. NYRR members who volunteer receive a credit toward the 9+1 program for guaranteed entry to the TCS New York City Marathon. All volunteer credits for 2013 count toward the 9+1 program.
Youth and Community Services
We count on regular volunteers to encourage and engage with young runners on the course and at our many special events. Becoming a YCS volunteer is a commitment to be involved more than once—but the rewards will be worth it. YCS volunteers have an application process, a formal background check, and orientation.
NYRR members who volunteer with YCS at least three times during the calendar year will receive a credit toward the 9+1 program for guaranteed entry to the ING New York City Marathon. All volunteer credits for 2013 count toward the 9+1 program for guaranteed entry to the 2014 ING New York City Marathon.
NYRR is committed helping NYC grow and thrive. Community service allows NYRR members to give back by partnering with organizations and helping where we are needed.
Recent service projects have included:
Darnley Simon has been volunteering with NYRR since 1995 and feeds off of the liveliness of running. A runner and walker herself, Simon started volunteering by simply handing racers cups of water during the race, but she felt the need to do more to encourage runners.
Maria Romano has a new-found passion for running and can’t help but share that passion by volunteering with NYRR.
Madelyn Carlson has found a way to combine her passion for running with her fondness for children by volunteering with the NYRR Youth and Community Services.
When Ralph Walter volunteered at the finish line of the 1987 New York City Marathon, he was inspired to run it himself. "I was so caught up with the excitement of the event that in 1988 at the age of 53, I began training and ran the marathon for the first time—and I've run 19 more since then," says the Manhattan retiree. "The last nine marathons I've run as a member of Team for Kids, and I've raised over $30,000 for NYRR's Youth & Community Services programs," he boasts.
A member of the Mercury Masters and a veteran of 14 New York City Marathons, Judith Som has volunteered at NYRR races for more than 30 years. "The team started an adopt-a-race program as a way to give back to NYRR and the community," she explains.
Michael Printz first volunteered for NYRR at the New York City Marathon in 2001. "In the aftermath of 9/11, it was important to show the rest of the world that the race would go on as usual," he explains. Printz still enjoys serving; he supervises marshals at weekly races in Central Park and ushers runners from ferries to buses at the start of the ING New York City Marathon each year.