The work of Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge volunteers is essential to the success of Dana-Farber’s Boston Marathon® team. Through a wide variety of tasks and projects, volunteers assist the team during the training season and throughout marathon weekend.

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Marathon Weekend Volunteer Opportunities

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The Boston Marriott Copley Place serves as the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team headquarters throughout Boston Marathon Weekend.

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Pasta Party

The Dana-Farber team comes together for a celebratory pasta dinner before the race honoring all the athletes and highlighting their hard work. Volunteers greet runners and help check-in and seat guests.

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Marathon Course

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge volunteers dot the marathon course, from Dana-Farber’s refuge at the start in Hopkinton, to the cheering sections at Mile 17 and Mile 25.

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Recovery Zone

The post-race Recovery Zone offers Dana-Farber runners a chance to relax and mingle after the race, including food, massage, and reuniting with family members. Licensed medical staff and massage therapists especially needed!

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  • If you are younger than 18 years old, an adult chaperone must register with you for the same shift, location, and position.
  • Assignment-specific details will be emailed to you after you sign up for a volunteer shift.
  • Preview the excitement of race weekend by visiting the B.A.A. website.