Volunteer for The San Francisco Marathon

The San Francisco Marathon has over a thousand volunteer positions and opportunities for your group. Our volunteers represent the original hometown marathon, showcasing all of the best locations the city has to offer. Your time, energy and support are invaluable to all of us and race weekend success. Support your running community, and receive an Official Volunteer T-Shirt. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • The San Francisco Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday, July 21st and 22nd, 2017
  • Race Start and Finish Lines on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
    • Marathon Start Line at Mission and Embarcadero
    • Marathon Finish Line at Folsom and Embarcadero
    • 1st Half Marathon Finish Line in Golden Gate Park at JFK Dr & 14th Ave Meadow
    • 2nd Half Marathon Start Line in Golden Gate Park at Speckles Lake
    • 5K Finish Line at Embarcadero and Washington St
  • Race Day Aid Stations along Route: Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

The San Francisco Marathon staff requires that you read and adhere to all volunteer guidelines. We expect all volunteers to act in such a manner to help create a positive, safe, and fun atmosphere for all runners and spectators. As race week approaches, your group captain will be provided with more detailed information about your role. If you have any questions or comments about our guidelines, or need any additional information, please contact us at [email protected].

The San Francisco Marathon Volunteer Code of Conduct and Guidelines

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    The San Francisco Marathon Volunteer Code of Conduct

    • Conduct yourself as a positive, informative member of our volunteer team. Consider how long these runners have been training for, and help to celebrate their accomplishments!
    • Follow all directions from your volunteer captain. These directions are in place for the safety of our runners and spectators.
    • Refrain from using profane, harassing, or any other language which could be considered offensive while volunteering.
    • Refrain from using any and all drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products while volunteering and during our events.
    • Respect and treat all event participants with dignity and kindness. San Francisco is home to one of the most unique melting pot’s in the world. Everyone deserves a chance to run.

    The 2016 San Francisco Marathon Volunteer Guidelines

    • Upon arrival, please check in at your designated volunteer check in location.
    • The San Francisco Marathon and staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items. We highly recommend volunteers leave any and all valuables at home.
    • All volunteers must wear their volunteer shirt for the duration of their volunteer shift.
    • All volunteers will be required to stand for most or all of their shift. Please be prepared by dressing comfortably and appropriately for your assignment. Aid station volunteers may get wet!
    • All volunteers must plan to work for the entirety of their shift. Shift times and locations have been predetermined for safety precautions.
    • Please do not bring children or pets to your volunteer shift location. These could be considered distractions from your volunteer responsibilities and otherwise create a safety concern for our participants.
    • Aid Station Volunteers: Those volunteering at an aid station along the course will assist with setup, breakdown, and cleanup for the location. Volunteers should expect physical labor and dress appropriately, as you may get wet. It is imperative all aid station volunteers arrive on time and ready to work as water and electrolyte needs to be ready for distribution as the runners begin to race through. Shift times and locations are subject to change.
    • If you need to cancel, please contact us at [email protected] immediately.
    • Group leaders are required to attend the Pre-Race Volunteer Meeting. Please let race staff know asap if you are unable to attend. This meeting is highly important to discuss the schedule of events, instructions, parking, and race safety. The Pre-Race Volunteer Meeting time and location for 2017 are TBD and subject to change if necessary.

To Apply: To learn more about available volunteer opportunities and discuss a good fit for you or your organization, please email [email protected]. We also welcome volunteer sign ups at our Volunteers Expo Booth for Race Day volunteering.

Interested in Performing or in Creating a Cheer Station?

The San Francisco Marathon showcases over a dozen different entertainment groups and cheer stations that reflect its unique artistic community. We hope our course entertainment will aid in keeping runner spirits and vigor up during the race!


We are looking for individuals or groups of musicians, roving performers, etc. who have a proven track record of engaging, interactive public performances in a variety of settings in various parts of our 26.2 mile course. Each group chosen to participate will be designated a performance area along our 26.2 mile race route. If you or your group wishes to participate, please review the following.

To Apply: Please contact Ryan Moyer at [email protected] with the following information:

  • Your name or group name
  • Short description about you/your group
  • Any links to music sites, Facebook page, other websites etc.
  • And subject line header: San Francisco Marathon Call for Participation.

Cheer Stations

For the participants along the route, spectator participation is crucial. We welcome unique cheer station ideas for groups of 10 – 30 people. Art cars and other types of eye-catching cheer zones are ideal! You will be able to “brand” your cheer station within reason. We look forward to working with you in some capacity.

To Apply: To be considered for this project, please email [email protected] with the following information no later than June 1st:

  • The name of your group
  • How many people will be available on the day of the race
  • Creative ideas you have to enhance runner & spectator experience
  • And subject line header: San Francisco Marathon Call for Participation.