Volunteer Info

The Quad Cities Marathon is an all volunteer event. The race committee works year round to ensure that the Quad Cities can play host to one of the best road races in the country. Thanks to the creativity, dedication, and hard work of these team leaders as well as the many volunteers they recruit, we continue to grow and succeed.
More than 1,400 volunteers are needed for this year's events that include the one mile walk, kids run, Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, in addition to the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 Person Marathon Relay, 5K Run & Walk on Sunday.

Why should I volunteer?

Your time benefits the Quad Cities Marathon runners, walkers and guests by providing help in a variety of areas. More importantly, volunteers provide the energy and enthusiasm to help encourage our runners to the finish line! When you volunteer, you are also supporting the Quad Cities Prostate Cancer Initiative and the Erika Kate Hope Alliance, the philanthropy programs that the Quad Cities Marathon supports. Plus, all volunteers receive a cool t-shirt and the thanks and gratitude of the race committee and the running community.

Who should volunteer?

One of our proudest accomplishments is how many positive comments we receive from runners about how well organized the race is  and how friendly and helpful the volunteers are. If the following characteristics describe you, we'd love to have you lend your time and talent to the Marathon:
  • Patient, friendly and helpful attitude 
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Good organizational and communication skills 
  • Ability to work well under pressure 
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Enjoys working with and helping people

How do I volunteer?

You can send an email to volunteers@qcmarathon.org. If there is a specific skill you possess or a specific role you'd like to fill, be sure to include the information in your email. If you are going to volunteer, we thank you, and ask you to familiarize yourself with this volunteer guide.

If I have a friend running the race, how can I volunteer and support my friend?

Your friend might be on the course for quite a while, so you can volunteer to help pass the time. Many of our shifts take place during the race.

What volunteer roles are available?

There are many roles that volunteers play, but these are a few:
Expo Exhibitor Check in  Help exhibitors check in, distribute info/badges. Needed Fri 3-6 pm, Sat 7-10 am
Expo Hospitality Handle setup of exhibitor hospitality area including food/beverage throughout the day. Fri 9am-12noon, Sat 7am-6:30pm 
Security  (Prefer former Police, Firemen or Veterans)
Information Booth  (Knowledge of QC Marathon helpful)
Half Marathon  Assist where marathon and 1/2 split, general help along the course 
Course Marshall  Ensure safety of each runner along the course 
Course  Performers: Entertain, provide encouragement along course
Entertainment Location Host: Individuals living along course willing to provide space & utilities to performers 
Elite Runner Support  Transport Runners to/from airport, elite runner water stops, elite runner post race 
Race Course/Set up  Race Course Volunteers and Set up Crew