The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world's biggest and most popular marathon, with nearly 50,000 finishers in 2015. Read about the race's 45-year history; you'll also find stories from many angles and great photo galleries from the 2015 race. For everything you need to know about the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, visit the Help Center.
Marathon volunteers – up to 12,000 strong – represent the best that NYC has to offer: They’re helpful, enthusiastic, friendly, and proud of our amazing city. Fulfilling a volunteer opportunity on race day is a great way to pay it forward for your future marathon or to show your thanks for a past race. There are also opportunities to Volunteer Leaders, who are individuals interested in greater responsibility at the TCS New York City Marathon. Leaders help check in other volunteers, give orientations, and provide support in the general operations of the event by facilitating a positive volunteer experience. The ideal Volunteer Leader is the first to arrive and last to leave, feels compelled to motivate, engage, and empower volunteers in their area, and serves as an ambassador of the New York Road Runners mission to inspire people through running.
Volunteers at all fluid stations will receive a knit hat. Start, Finish, Transportation, and Course volunteers will receive an official TCS New York City Marathon windbreaker. The jacket must be worn over all layers. Organizers will do their best to accommodate size requests. All volunteers will receive a commemorative pin when they check out.