This event could not happen without all of the volunteers who participate each year. Thank you! Your time is valuable and we pride ourselves on being organized, having good communication, and training you to feel comfortable with your role.

If you are interested in volunteering please email nodm@nodm.com

Why volunteer?


  • Race Volunteer Gear!
  • The satisfaction of helping others – and your community!
  • A GREAT time!

 No experience necessary

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  • It’s fun, it’s easy!
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Volunteer Jobs

Here’s an overview of where we need your help!


Friday and Saturday of race weekend. Volunteers will meet at The Red Lion hotel to prepare the banquet room for 2200 participants plus their family members! Saturday of race weekend. Registration volunteers will work a 4 hour shift at the Red Lion Hotel (marathon registration headquarters). You will be the first to meet our runners from all over the country. Volunteers will distribute race packets and t-shirts to registered runners.

Kids Marathon Set-Up

Saturday of race weekend. The YMCA Youth and Government program spends their Saturday making sure the venue is perfect for the Kids Marathon event. Help is always needed setting-up tents, slicing oranges, or marking the course or running/walking with kids.

Course Marshalls

Sunday/Race day. 50 volunteers are needed along the course from Sequim to Port Angeles!  Our course marshals are vital. Course Marshals will stand at strategic turns/intersections along the course and make sure zoned out runners stay on course. You will be given a complete kit with safety vest, location and time needed and instructions. Please contact Victoria at (585) 451-0014. Thank you!

Clean-up the Finishline and Discovery Trail

Sunday/Race day. The NODM has a lot of pride when it comes to leaving the ODT and City Pier better than we found it. If you live along the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) and can check for litter – thank you! If you would like to come down to City Pier and help with garbage and loading trucks we won’t turn you away. We will even buy your dinner. Tradition has it that the volunteer thank you dinner happens after the last box is loaded and the pier is spotless. Clean-up is from 2-5pm, Sunday at City Pier or along the ODT.

Swag Bag Assembly

Early May. Volunteers will help organize work in an assembly line to stuff swag bags for all the participants

Inventory and Clean up

Post race. Marathon Headquarters needs volunteers for two days to help count and pack leftover shirts and supplies. Sunday/Race day.  We need volunteers to work the early shift race morning distributing race packets.

Course Set-up

Sunday/Race day. Love to get up early? Don’t mind a little physical work? Like donuts and strong coffee? Then you fit the bill for helping this important team set-up the course to make sure the participants don’t get lost. Set-up teams will meet at places along the Olympic Discovery Trail on Sunday and team leaders will direct volunteers to where cones and signs need to be placed.

Finishline Volunteers

Sunday/Race day. Do you want to be part of the famous “buddy” crew? Be the first to congratulate runners as they cross the NODM finish line. This is a lively, fun job. The more buddies the merrier. Be a part of an invigorating afternoon making sure each finisher is treated to royal

Water Station

Sunday/Race day. There is currently a waiting list for one of the 14 spots along the course. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact Victoria at nodm@nodm.com. Mandatory Water Station training session will take place in mid May.

Volunteer Party

The NODM likes to celebrate the weekend with our amazing volunteers right away! You have worked hard all day or all weekend – now it’s our turn to cook for you. All volunteers are invited and additional tickets may be purchased for friends and family. The buffet meal will be located at the Red Lion Hotel.

When you choose to serve – whether it’s your nation, your community, or simply your neighbor – you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That is why this is a great nation. Because time and again, Americans have been willing to serve on stages both great and small; to draw on the same spirit that launched America’s improbable journey to meet the challenges of each defining moment in our history.

– Barack Obama