New York City Marathon Volunteer Opportunity

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November 5th 2018

Dear J-1 Interns and Trainees!

We would like to invite you to join your fellow exchange visitors and volunteer for the NYC Marathon, held this year on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Past volunteers have found the experience overwhelmingly positive with 99% recommending the event to happen again. This is a unique opportunity to experience the American value of volunteerism with the added thrill of watching and cheering 50,000 runners from 120 countries participate in the world’s biggest marathon.

This year we are excited to announce that the U.S. Department of State will have four “fluid stations” where the vast majority of volunteers will be exchange visitors and State Department employees!  This will foster an even greater sense of community and better facilitate cross-fertilization between sponsor organizations.  The details for these fluid stations are below.  

“Fluid station” volunteers assist with setup, distribute water and Gatorade to the runners, and cheer them on. Please note that volunteers must commit to the entire shift. All volunteers will receive a rain poncho to protect their clothing. No advance training is required.

Details of the Volunteering Project:

The U.S. Department of State J-1 fluid stations in Brooklyn will be located at Mile 5 Shift 1 and 2 (Fourth Ave between 43rd Street and 44th Street near D, N, R subways) and Mile 6 shift 1 and 2 (Fourth Ave between 23rd and 24th Street) close to the D, N, R subways). In Manhattan, U.S. Department of State fluid stations will be Mile 18 (First Avenue at 96th Street, just one block from the Q subway and three blocks from the 6 subway) Shift 1 and 2. Once that fills up, Mile 23 (Fifth Avenue near 102nd Street; accessible by the 6 subway) Shift 1 and Shift 2, and if that fills up, then Mile 22 Shift 1 and 2.

“Fluid station” volunteers assist with setup, distribute water and Gatorade to the runners, and cheer them on. Please note that volunteers must commit to the entire shift. All volunteers will receive a rain poncho to protect their clothing. No advance training is required.

Registration Guidelines:

To register, please follow this link that will take you to the New York Road Runners website. Once you created an account you can login and select "Volunteer", which will take you to an overview of all the volunteering options. Select "Fluid Stations" and chose the first or second shift for either Mile 5, Mile 6 or Mile 18. Click on next and for the option "Are you volunteering with a group?" choose "German American Chamber of Commerce/U.S. State Department J-1". Fill out the other required fields and you are all set to volunteer at the NYC Marathon. Detailed sign up instructions are also here

Please note that all volunteers must register individually and directly with New York Road Runners, as described above. The registration deadline is August 31st!

Additional enrichment activities over marathon weekend will also be offered to exchange visitors who register.

 

More about the New York City Marathon:

The New York City Marathon has come a long way from its first running in 1970 to become the world's biggest and most popular 26.2-mile road race. 50,000 runners participate annually, representing more than 120 countries from around the world. More than 10,000 volunteers support the runners from the moment they begin their journey to the start line until they are reunited with their families. More than 2 million spectators line the route.

Key quotes from Participants:

“The overall experience enabled me to understand the concept of volunteering, and how it is a part of American culture. It was amazing to see how an entire fluid station was managed by people who were only volunteering. The culture depicts inclusivity within the society and how people who care for common causes that are not necessarily related to them.” [Survey Monkey evaluation response]

“I’m not lying to you saying it was the most beautiful experience of my life. Some will say ‘I was just giving out water.’ Yes, I just gave water to the men and women who ran for the memory of their deceased, to a mother who had lost her daughter, or to the father who pushed his son in a wheel chair over 42km. Yes I was giving water to blind runners who ran with their guides leading them, to men and women 90 years old, to a Syrian who fled his country and who ran 42km while wearing the hijab… If I had said THAT, tell me now what did you do today? I encouraged people from all four corners of the world, from the first runner to the last, they ran through some challenges and others for a cause. I have never experienced anything so beautiful and intense than today. I am grateful every day that I live here and this from the beginning of this adventure.” –[Marie Liebschner, an Au Pair from France, shared on Instagram]