How and Why you should Volunteer for the Twin Cities Marathon

We’re just 3 weeks away from the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. On Marathon weekend, more than 28,000 runners and 300,000 spectators will convene on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul for a weekend of personal challenge, record making and friendly gatherings. Runners have trained for months for the opportunity to compete. The fruits of their labor culminating on the weekend of October 4 – 6.

Twin Cities in Motion relies on 5,000 volunteers to make marathon weekend happen. From the sweats check, course marshals, water stops and more, this event couldn’t happen without the help of an army of volunteers. Many of you have competed in these races and this is a great opportunity to give back.

Volunteer Opportunities

In a nutshell, volunteers are responsible for creating an amazing race day experience for runners. Regardless of your job, you play a role in helping others reach their goals. Here are a few ways you can volunteer.

  • Packet Pick Up (Expo) – Hand out the race packets to the runners at the expo.
  • Course Marshal – Monitor intersections and control crowds along the course and set up signs and move barricades into place.
  • Course Opening/Set Up – Setting up marathon course including tables, signs, etc; physical work.
  • Equipment Clean Up Crew – Clean up, load trucks, take down & unload trucks at locker.
  • Finish Line Security – Control access to and within secured finish line area; check credentials at various entrances.
  • Fluid Distributor – Help set up, cleanup and restock water and POWERade area and distribute to runners.
  • Food Distributor (Finish Line) – Help set up food area and distribute to marathon and ten mile finishers. Other duties include restocking food areas, and cleanup.
  • And more!

Become a Course Marshal

Dan Murphy, (fellow runner) and Kyle Johnson have been Head Course Marshals along Summit Ave for the final 2 miles of the course for several years. This part of the course is one of the busiest, and for runners, possibly hardest. They need your help keeping the course clear as runners are making their way to the finish line. You may also help assist in getting medical aid to runners if needed.

Dan says,

Many of you have volunteered in the past and as always we appreciate the help. We need approximately 35-40 volunteers to help manage our section of the race. If you haven’t volunteered in the past we have a great spot on the course to see the thousands of runners as they reach the finish line.

Volunteer Details and Perks

  1. The race starts at 8:00 am, but a volunteers day starts around 6:00 am and goes until roughly 2:00 pm.
  2. For Dan’s group, there will be a quick tutorial at a nearby Caribou Coffee the morning of the race.
  3. All volunteers receive a free Twin Cities Marathon t-shirt along with breakfast and lunch.
  4. If you agree to volunteer, we need your help rain/wind/show/shine!

Volunteer Now!

Register online and enter the password CMSECTION1613, to ensure you are assigned to this Summit section. Once you enter the password and hit submit the only volunteer option you should see is Course Marshal (section 16). Enter all of your information then contact Dan Murphy so he can double check you are assigned to that section.

There are also many other volunteer options, so if this one doesn’t workout, or you’d prefer another, check the complete list. If you have questions about becoming a volunteer, contact us and we’ll connect you to the right people.

Have you ever volunteered for a race? What was your experience like?

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Nathan Freeburg

Editor in Chief at Minneapolis Running
Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate and dark coffee.

Nathan currently lives in Portland, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River.
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Nathan's day job is as a senior consultant with Leadership Vision Consulting in Downtown Minneapolis.
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