It takes more than just the runners to put on a race. Philadelphia Marathon Weekend engages 3,000 volunteers to help make all of the races happen. However, while many volunteers have already signed up, there is still an opportunity to be a part of the excitement. 

Volunteers will be a big part of creating the Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend experience for the more than 30,000 participants who come to Philadelphia from every state in the nation and more than 40 countries, as well as local residents. As the 8th largest Marathon in the country, according to (a leading race authority), Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend includes a series of fun, athletic and entertaining activities -- two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17; the Rothman Institute 8K on Saturday, November 17, and the Philadelphia Marathon and Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday, November 18. 

Volunteers will have a front-row seat to the race. Volunteering provides an opportunity to assist the community, meet other people and enjoy a day of race-watching in many historic Philadelphia neighborhoods. Groups, such as friends, family, co-workers, schools, churches and community organizations, are encouraged to sign up together. 

Volunteer opportunities include assisting at designated race areas, handing out water to runners and joining the City of Philadelphia and marathon's Waste Watchers team, which will be overseeing recycling and composting during the races. 

Those interested in volunteering can register online at the Volunteer Sectionof– or can call the Marathon Hotline at (215) 683-2122All volunteers will receive an official 2012 Philadelphia Marathon volunteer sweatshirt. 

Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, held annually the weekend before Thanksgiving, attracts 30,000 runners and 60,000 spectators to Philadelphia to experience “The Best Time of Your Life.” Race Weekend features The Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 18; the Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 17; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia's famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by visiting