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Bank of America Chicago Marathon Medical Volunteer Information

Training videos

Please review the following videos to prepare for race week.

Hands-only CPR
Exercise-associated collapse
Medical Patient Tracking System (MPTS)

Prepare for race day

Dress and uniform

The event will go on rain or shine! Check the weather forecast, dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. At check-in you will receive a complimentary event jacket, hat and credential. All three must be visible at all times throughout your volunteer shift.

Do not bring personal belongings

Volunteers are discouraged from bringing personal belongings that do not fit in their pockets. Bags and backpacks are not allowed to leave Harrison Volunteer Compound. Gear check will be required for any items that do not fit in a volunteer’s pockets. The event is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Learn more about your role

Volunteers are highly encouraged to prepare for race day by reviewing the Event Staff and Volunteer Guide (.pdf).

Event Alert System

The color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) will communicate the status of event conditions to participants, spectators, volunteers and event staff leading up to and throughout race weekend. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based on a variety of factors, including weather conditions. The EAS level will be communicated in race week email communications, as well as at For more information on the Event Alert System, visit:

Volunteer policies

To help make this year’s race a successful and positive experience for everyone, we expect volunteers to abide by the volunteer guidelines.

Safety tips

Volunteers are encouraged to review these safety tips.


CulturaLink will provide virtual translation services for participants and spectators at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, as well as on race day. The technology-based video translation service is designed to meet the needs of participants and spectators while in Chicago for the race. Visit to learn more, and watch this training video to understand how to use CulturalLink’s translation services.

Get the most of your race weekend experience

To get the most out of your race weekend experience, we encourage you to download the Bank of America Chicago Marathon app, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services (available now on the App Store and Google Play). The App is the perfect resource, featuring the schedule of events, real time weather, unlimited runner tracking, interactive event maps and much more! Learn more online.

Join our social community

Get the latest race news, motivational tips and inspiration by liking the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Facebook and by following us on Instagram and Twitter @ChiMarathon. Share your race experience by tagging your posts with #ChicagoMarathon and #MyChicagoMarathon.

As a safety and security measure, we ask that you do not share photos of your event-issued credential on social media. While we encourage you to share your experience with your friends and family, we do not want this to interfere with your race role.


If you are part of a volunteer group, your Group Leader is your point of contact for questions. If you are an individual volunteer, please contact the Medical Volunteer Team at 312.796.8392.