Brooklyn Half Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are essential for a safe and successful race. More than 1,500 volunteers are needed for the Brooklyn Half. 

Race-day volunteers, including medical volunteers (Saturday, May 17), and Brooklyn Half Pre-Party presented by New Balance volunteers (Wednesday, May 14; Thursday, May 15; and Friday, May 16) will be entitled to a guaranteed entry to the 2015 Brooklyn Half. The entry will be non-complimentary, non-transferable, and non-deferable, and the entry fee will be non-refundable.

2014 Brooklyn Half runners who sign up to volunteer at baggage check or at the start corrals on race morning will also be entitled to a guaranteed entry to the 2015 Brooklyn Half as well as a +1 volunteer credit and a race credit for participating in the event. The entry invitation for next year's race will be sent to each volunteer in 2015 at the email address in their My NYRR profile. It will be the responsibility of the volunteer to activate the invitation and register for the 2015 Brooklyn Half before the deadline communicated in the email.

Please Note: Runners who sign up to be a start corral marshal may be assigned to volunteer in a different corral than their original assignment. If that is the case, runners must start the race in the new corral. 

Already signed up to volunteer? You don't need to do anything else, except claim your digital badge for bragging rights.


Race Day

All race-day volunteer jobs fulfill the +1 element of guaranteed-entry eligibility for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. Every race-day volunteer will receive a T-shirt.

 


Start—Brooklyn Museum

  • Direction and information marshal: Direct runners and answer questions. This is a great job for runners, customer-service experts, and those who speak more than one language.
  • Baggage: Assist with loading baggage trucks
  • Corral marshal: Help the runners enter start corrals
  • Volunteer administration support: Assist with the volunteer check-in and checkout processes, distribute T-shirts, and manage the baggage check and the food court for volunteers

 


Course

  • Fluid station: Distribute fluids at 11 stations along the course. Many fluid stations are staffed by community groups. If your group would like to lead a fluid station, please get in touch with volunteers@nyrr.org.
  • Course marshal in Prospect Park: Provide crowd and runner control, and be NYRR’s eyes and ears on the course. An assertive personality, a friendly attitude, and the ability to answer the same question many times are required.

 


Finish—Coney Island

  • Finish marshal: Direct runners to finish-area exit locations. A second language is a plus.
  • Direction and information marshal: Help runners and family members reunite. Familiarity with NYC and a second language are plusses. A friendly attitude is required.
  • HeatSheet distribution*: Distribute HeatSheets to runners
  • Medal distribution and security*: Distribute finisher medals to runners and help ensure security in this area
  • Food bag distribution*: Distribute pre-packed food bags to runners
  • Baggage: Assist with unloading the baggage trucks
  • Volunteer administration support: Assist with the volunteer check-in and checkout processes, distribute T-shirts, and manage the baggage check and the food court for volunteers

*The deadline to apply for these jobs is April 15. We will select applicants who have previously volunteered with NYRR since April 2013.

 


Pre-Party Presented by New Balance

The Brooklyn Half Pre-Party Presented by New Balance will be held in in a location to be determined in Brooklyn. All Pre-Party volunteer jobs fulfill the +1 element of guaranteed-entry eligibility for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. Pre-Party volunteer opportunities will open for registration on March 3.

Pre-Party jobs include: Bib and T-shirt distributor, neighborhood greeter, bike valet, crowd marshal

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