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Volunteer FAQ

Registration and Packet Pickup

Training is mandatory for first time course intersection volunteers. Please visit the Training Page for the schedule and locations. For most other volunteer positions, no prior training is provided, but volunteers will receive an instruction sheet via email before race weekend and instruction when arriving at their volunteer position.

Training is required for Course Intersection Team volunteers and all intersection volunteers must pick up their official volunteer shirt and safety vest by Friday night at 6:00 pm. We now offer an online training for returning Course Intersection Team volunteers who only need a refresher. View the Course Intersection Team Training page  for the dates and times to both train and pick up materials.

To receive access to the online training or further information on your post, contact and indicate your need for the course team online training. For other volunteer posts, you will receive an email with instructions prior to your volunteer assignment.

We hope to fill all volunteer spots by April 10 to allow adequate time to prepare our volunteers. However, as long as volunteer jobs are available, we will keep volunteer registration open.

Yes, as long as the times do not conflict.

Our most crucial volunteer slots are the Course Intersection Team. Please consider signing up in an area along the course that requires two volunteers. You and your friend should simply register for the same intersection, and you will be together. If the only remaining intersections require just one volunteer, we would prefer you volunteer with your friend, than not volunteer at all. To make these arrangements, contact Or, if you would prefer a different volunteer assignment, simply review the volunteer listing for a job that requires two or more volunteers, and both of you should register for the same job.

We encourage groups to fill our most crucial volunteer slots–the Course Intersection Team. Please consider signing up in an area along the course. If you are a group of 10 or more, complete the form at this link and one of our volunteer coordinators will contact you. If you have a smaller group, identify an opening from our volunteer listing, and each individual should register.

The water stops (hydration stations) are reserved for groups of 30 or more, and all hydration stations for this year are filled. If you are interested in providing a group of 30 volunteers or more for next year’s hydration station, email

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your volunteer shift. This will allow adequate time to park and walk to the location of your assignment.

Course Intersection volunteers will receive instructions at training. Volunteers at the Expo and the Stadium should reference this map.

All Course Intersection volunteers must be at least 18 years old, because they are responsible for knowing and applying the Rules of the Road and have the maturity and ability to handle and direct others. If under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by an adult. For all other jobs, volunteers should be at least 16 years old and capable of fulfilling the volunteer description independently. All volunteers under 18 must have a parent/guardian complete the registration waiver.

Use your best judgment to decide if your child is capable of assisting you with your volunteer duties.  If you feel they might be a distraction to you or the participants, or their safety might be compromised, please arrange for alternate care for them.

The volunteer T-shirts are unisex; however, last year, shirts ran small. If the size you select does not fit you, you will likely be able to exchange it if the other size is available.

First, check your spam filter. The email was sent from If you still did not receive the confirmation email, please email with your first name, last name, and volunteer job. It is likely there is a typo in your email address, and we need to fix it so you can receive training instructions and volunteer details.

Visit the self check page and then enter your email address and first name and then click “Submit.” The details will be emailed to you.

Visit the Self Check Page and then enter your email address and first name and then click “Submit.” You will receive an email with a link to access your profile.  Click the link and then look to the far right across from the name of your job and you will see [cancel this shift]. 

If you have a sheet/form that needs to be signed to verify your volunteer duties were met, please ask your volunteer coordinator to sign the form at the completion of your volunteer shift.

While running the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, many participants actively helped the well-being of their community and their neighbors. Through a combination of participant fundraising and direct donations by the race, the Illinois Marathon supports the community. Learn more about our charities.

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