Cultural Exchange

Volunteer With Us at the TCS NYC Marathon!

Every year, InterExchange organizes a special volunteering opportunity for our participants at the TCS New York City Marathon. In 2022, the TCS NYC Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 6! Many InterExchange participants have joined the event in past years, and we hope 2022 will be a great success as well!

The TCS New York City Marathon has been taking place since 1970 and is the largest marathon in the world: 50,000 runners participate every year, representing more than 120 countries. More than 10,000 volunteers support the runners from the moment they begin their journey to the finish line. This year will be a particularly exciting one because almost 20 BridgeUSA au pairs will be running the marathon!

The U.S. Department of State is coordinating this volunteer event for all J-1 Visa sponsors in the New York City area, so this will be a unique opportunity to meet participants from other BridgeUSA J-1 Visa exchange programs.

As in past years, the State Department volunteers will be congregating at a variety of volunteer locations along the course: Mile 6, Mile 18, Mile 19, Mile 23 and Mile 24. All volunteer slots are assigned on the first-come, first-served basis and fill up fast. In case the volunteer Miles with the State Department are full, participants are encouraged to register for other volunteer opportunities along the course. 

The InterExchange group will be volunteering at the Mile 19 Fluid Station in Manhattan (1st Avenue and East 117th Street) during Shift #2: 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

“Fluid station” volunteers assist with set-up, distribute water and Gatorade to the runners, and cheer them on. Please note that volunteers must commit to the entire volunteer shift. Shift # 1is 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM, and Shift # 2 is 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM.  

If you are interested in volunteering with InterExchange for this event, please follow the registration instructions below and sign up by Friday, September 30, 2022. If you register and can’t make it, you can cancel your participation closer to the date of the marathon. We recommend reserving your spot as soon as possible.

To register to volunteer at the 2022 TCS NYC Marathon, all participants need to create a profile (or log in to the existing profile) with the NYRR (New York Road Runners).

  • Learn how to create a profile.
  • As you register, you will be asked to pick from the drop-down menu your volunteer group name. Your volunteer group name is Interexchange/US State Department J-1.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 30, 2022. If you have questions about your registration, please email

All fluid station volunteers will receive a TCS NYC Marathon branded poncho and an additional gift to keep. All volunteers who check in will also receive a certificate of service and will have an amazing New York City experience!

Health and Safety Information:

Health and safety guidelines for runners and volunteers will adhere to federal, state, and local health and safety regulations and are listed on the website.

Please follow BridgeUSA on Twitter @ECAatState, Facebook @ExchangeProgramsatState, and Instagram @ExchangeOurWorld for photos of runners and volunteers participating on race day!

Follow, share and tag your photos on social media with @InterExchange.

Additional Information:

Please be advised that bags thicker than an envelope and larger than a fist will not be permitted. If you must bring a bag, you will have to check it at volunteer check-in. Small waist packs are permitted.