Volunteer Groups

Group volunteer registration for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon is open in your NYRR account for race-day roles. Groups (20−250 volunteers) receive priority access to designated locations. 

  • All volunteers, regardless of group affiliation, must register individually in their NYRR accounts. Children under 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.
  • Volunteer groups can be from companies, cultural organizations, churches, synagogues, civic groups, running clubs, athletic teams, book clubs, or any similar organization.
  • Each group must have a group leader; duties and responsibilities of group leaders are listed below.
  • All members of the group must be at least 13 years old; one chaperone must be provided for every 10 teenagers.

To learn more about bringing a group to the TCS New York City Marathon and/or any NYRR race, please contact us volunteers@nyrr.org


  • Group leaders are invited to a kickoff dinner in April. At the dinner, group leaders receive recruitment materials and meet other group leaders.
  • Group leaders are invited to the volunteer appreciation party following the TCS New York City Marathon.
  • Volunteer groups at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon will receive one guaranteed, non-complimentary entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon for every 20 volunteers who check in on race day.*

*Rules and Restrictions:

  • The entry is guaranteed for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon and is non-complimentary.
  • Runners must be 18 or older on or before November 1, 2020.
  • Entries cannot be auctioned, raffled, or sold.
  • Once the recipient accepts the entry, all standard rules regarding transfer, cancellation, and selling apply. Any violation of these rules subjects the participant to immediate disqualification and may result in the group being disqualified from NYRR volunteer opportunities in the future.
  • All participants must comply with the Rules of Competition and Code of Conduct for NYRR events.
  • Each group leader will receive a report by December 1, 2019, with the number of entries to which their group is eligible.
  • Groups that have earned guaranteed entry must provide NYRR with the names and email addresses of their entrants by March 31, 2020. Entrants need an NYRR profile to be eligible and have 30 days to claim their guaranteed entry using an invitation code provided by NYRR. There are no extensions, and it is each entrant’s responsibility to make sure he or she receives and uses the invitation code during the designated period.

Group Leader Duties and Responsibilities

Group leaders are ambassadors for New York Road Runners and the TCS New York City Marathon. Together with NYRR staff and volunteer leaders, our group leaders help manage their group of volunteers to ensure a smooth race. Group leaders help ensure that every volunteer has a positive experience and that the needs of the organization, runners, sponsors, spectators, the City of New York, and the community are being met.

Group leaders:

  • Manage communication between NYRR and the group.
  • Receive invitations to training sessions and opportunities to observe other volunteers in action at an event.
  • Act as a liaison between NYRR and volunteers under your supervision.
  • Follow all NYRR guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • May be responsible for checking in their group members on site.

If you’d like to bring a group to volunteer at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon, please contact volunteers@nyrr.org to discuss your preferred location. All volunteer spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.