Kansas City Marathon Race Volunteers presented by SCHEELS

You don’t have to be a runner to be a part of the festivities on race day. Individuals who register to volunteer will receive an event T-shirt, automatic entry for prize giveaways, and free food and drinks at the Finish Line Festival.

For more information, including our Grant Group Program, please email volunteer@kcmarathon.org.

Registration to volunteer will open Spring 2019.


Below are descriptions of the many opportunities to volunteer:

Course Monitors
Organizing a marathon that is safe and fun takes a lot of assistance from not only the Kansas City Police Department but also volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help keep the roads clear of vehicles during the race while cheering on participants as they achieve their goals.

Course monitors are stationed at various intersections along the course to cheer on participants and assist with vehicle control. Many course monitors chose to volunteer at intersections in their neighborhoods.

In addition to helping keep the race safe and positive, course monitors who fulfill their shift, will automatically be entered for a chance to win SCHEELS gift cards! NOTE: Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Gear Check
Gear check is located at the Finish Line Festival presented by Sprint. Participants have the option to check their clothing and other personal items prior to the race at a secure location and then pick them up at the conclusion of their race.

Volunteers are needed to help set up gear check along with checking in and out participants’ gear check bags.

Packet Pickup and Registration
Volunteers are needed to assist with packet distribution, gear check bag and shirt distribution for all participants. Assistance is also needed with late registration.

Green Team
In 2014, the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin was awarded Gold Level Certification from the Council For Responsible Sport and has kept our gold status every year since. Help us continue our green efforts by joining the green team.  Volunteers will assist in the promotion of all the green initiatives to all participants and spectators by being stationed at various green locations throughout the finish line area.

Finish Line Area

Mylar Blanket Setup and Distribution
Volunteers will help to hang up and hand out Mylar blankets to participants as they cross the finish line. These special race blankets help to ensure a proper temperature for runners post-race.

Finish Line Food & Water
Volunteers assist with sorting and distributing food and water to race participants, helping to ensure only participants receive food and water. Help congratulate all the finishers on a job well done!

Finish Timing
Volunteers assist with backup finish timing and printing of results for participants. No prior experience is necessary. Come celebrate with all the finishers!

Finish Line Festival Food
Volunteers will assist the official food vendors with set up, distribution and managing post-race food for all race participants.

Finish Line Clean Up
Volunteers help by cleaning up the finish line area, both chute and festival, of any recyclables, compostables, clothing and other items at the conclusion of the race festivities.

Grant Group Opportunities

How to Become a Grant Group:

  • Are you a nonprofit organizations looking for fundraising opportunities?
  • Can you commit at least 10 volunteers to the 2018 Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin?

Qualifying volunteer groups of ten or more will receive $10 for every volunteer.**  For example, if your group has 15 members register and volunteer, a donation of $150 will be made to your group.  To register your organization or to learn more, email volunteer@kcmarathon.org.

**No one group will receive more than $500 in donation monies.