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Help make the Marathon Zero Waste!

Large public events like festivals, parades, athletic events, and concerts attract and entertain Philadelphia’s visitors and residents, but these events also produce a significant amount of waste. Events like the AACR Philadelphia Marathon are an opportunity to reduce waste and engage residents and visitors in the city’s Zero Waste efforts.

You can help make Philadelphia the Home of Zero Waste Events by volunteering as a Waste Watcher at this year's event. You will help sort materials into the proper bins at the Start/Finish zone and receive a free limited 2023 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend volunteer hoodie.

Volunteer Guidelines

  • Volunteers must wear their Philadelphia Marathon Weekend volunteer sweatshirt/t-shirt and credential (if provided).
  • If at any time during your assignment you have a problem, notify your team captain immediately, who will inform the proper authorities.
  • Dress appropriately – casual and for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Do not bring backpacks, cameras, or other valuables with you to your assignment. The race is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Volunteers are required to obey the "No smoking" and "No alcohol" policy for the duration of their assignment.
  • Refreshments will be provided for volunteers checking in at the Health & Fitness Expo or for race events.
  • Volunteers working along the race course should bring a lunch.
  • Volunteers working food and fluid distribution at the start, along the course and at the finish line will be given vinyl gloves that must be worn at all times.
  • As a volunteer, be prepared to answer many types of questions. Take pride in your role. Familiarize yourself with the course maps and Start/Finish diagrams and all weekend events.