Volunteer Roles

All of our volunteer opportunities require you to work on your feet. The responsibilities for each job position are listed below.
 
Registration/Packet Pick-Up

  • Give runners their race numbers and T-shirts at pre-race pickup or on race day.
  • Pre-race registration is typically from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at NYRR headquarters, 9 East 89th Street, unless otherwise specified.
  • Race-day registration typically opens 90 minutes before the start of a race and closes a few minutes before the starting command.
  • After race-day registration is completed, you will be reassigned for the rest of the day.
  • For winter races, race-day number pickup is usually at NYRR headquarters.
  • For all other races, number pickup is near the start unless otherwise specified.
  • Other registration duties: Explain how to attach timing devices; direct runners to the start area; and assist in cleaning and breakdown as needed.

Baggage Attendant

  • Ensure that runners' baggage is safely stored and appropriately tagged; runners may not leave bags in the baggage pen without the correct baggage tag attached.
  • Check bibs against tagged baggage during retrieval process; runners may not take bags unless the baggage tag and bib number match.
  • Direct runners to dispose of chip instructions and other trash in the garbage bins to maintain a clean area.
  • Assist in cleaning and breakdown as needed.
  • Call in medical emergencies; take note of your location (refer to the number on the nearest light pole) so that you can be exact if you need to make a medical call.

Start Marshal

  • Assist with the smooth and successful start of the race.
  • Manage corral entrances (when necessary) and check runners' bibs, ensuring that runners enter the corral corresponding to their bib color and that they enter the corrals at least 10 minutes before the start of the race; runners who arrive after this point must go to the last corral, regardless of bib color.
  • Keep the emergency lane clear for emergency vehicles, cyclists, and other park patrons; alert pedestrians and runners entering the race site to approaching bicycles and vehicles.
  • Be vocal and upbeat in directing runners to the start and off the roadway.
  • Assist in cleaning and breakdown as needed.
  • Call in medical emergencies; take note of your location (refer to the number on the nearest light pole) so that you can be exact if you need to make a medical call.

Finish Marshal

  • Keep spectators off the race course and out of the emergency lane in the pre-finish area.
  • Move runners smoothly through the the post-finish area once they cross the finish line.
  • Direct runners to medical, food, fluid, and baggage areas as necessary.
  • Cheer for runners as they finish!
  • Alert pedestrians and runners exiting the race site to approaching bicycles and vehicles.
  • Assist in cleaning and breakdown as needed.
  • Call in medical emergencies; take note of your location (refer to the number on the nearest light pole) so that you can be exact if you need to make a medical call.

Water Station/Post-Race Food Attendant

  • Assist in the setup and breakdown of the water and Gatorade stations along the course; each station will have a supervisor to manage stacking cups and post-race cleanup.
  • Help distribute bagels and fruit at the post-finish fluid and food station.
  • Call in medical emergencies; take note of your location (refer to the number on the nearest light pole) so that you can be exact if you need to make a medical call.

Cyclist

  • Most cyclists ride 500 feet ahead of the race leaders (as directed by the on-site lead cyclist) making sure park users, other cyclists, and vehicles don't impede the runners on the race course.
  • Some cyclists are assigned to ride with the lead wheelchair athlete, the lead male runner, or the lead female runner.
  • Other cyclists ride alongside the running pack or serve as back-of-the-pack cyclists.
  • Maintain course safety for runners, volunteers, race personnel, and other park users.
  • Assist in cleaning and breakdown as needed.
  • Call in medical emergencies; take note of your location (refer to the number on the nearest light pole) so that you can be exact if you need to make a medical call.

Course Marshal

  • Serve as the eyes and ears of the race.
  • Course marshals are given an orange vest and an emergency number card and placed in a specific area of the course/park.
  • Cheer on runners as they pass, but try not to get too caught up in simply watching the race.
  • Make sure all runners stay in the running lane for safety purposes; throughout the race, keep the running lane clear of bicycles, vehicles, and non-participating pedestrians.
  • Maintain an emergency lane for vehicles/bicycles; alert pedestrians and runners to approaching bicycles and vehicles in the emergency vehicle lane.
  • Assist other park patrons in crossing the race course safely.
  • Assist in cleaning and breakdown as needed.
  • Call in medical emergencies; take note of your location (refer to the number on the nearest light pole) so that you can be exact if you need to make a medical call.
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