Mercy Home Heroes Race Day Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to cheer on the Mercy Home Heroes Marathon team on Sunday, October 13, 2019!  Each year, over 300 Mercy Home Heroes hit the Chicago streets, running 26.2 miles in support of our kids.  What’s even more impressive is the over $450,000 they raise to help give abused, neglected and abandoned children a safe and loving home.

While our Heroes support our kids, we need your help to support our Heroes.  The Bank of America Chicago Marathon passes Mercy Home at miles 14 & 16 – will you come out and help us cheer on our runners?  We create an amazing Cheer Station for the family and friends of our runners here at Mercy Home, as well as the Heroes Headquarters in the Loop to support our runners pre & post race, and we need volunteers to help make it all possible.

Volunteer Details

All ages are welcome; children ages 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Community service hours will be given to those who need it.

Volunteers are needed at two different locations:

  • Mercy Home Hero Headquarters is located at DePaul University’s Loop Campus, 333 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60604, 11th Floor.
  • Mercy Mile Cheer Station is located at our West Loop Campus, 1140 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607.

Details on individual volunteer roles are listed below. Requests for a certain role will be taken into consideration and filled on a first come, first serve basis.  We ask that all of our volunteers be flexible as roles may change. If you’d like to request a certain role, please include it in the comment box on the form below.  Otherwise, we will assign you to a role that best fits your availability.

Hero Headquarters

Gear Check and Runner Support
Manage the runners’ room, check and organize gear, and provide runner recovery support as needed after the race.

Spectator Check-In
Greet families and other supporters of the runners. Collect contact information and payments for meals.

Spectator Support
Manage smooth entry/exit of spectators at buffet area. Ensure all guests have the necessary wristband to proceed.

Shuttle Attendant
Help guests find the trolly pick-up point and direct them to the 11th floor once they exit.

Finish Line Team
Greet runners as they finish running 26.2 miles! Cheer at elevators and direct them toward our runner recovery room or greet them downstairs and direct them to the 11th floor.

Mercy Home Cheer Station

Set Up Team
Install bleachers, signs, and tables for the “Mercy Mile”.

Shuttle Attendant
Help guests board trolley to Hero Headquarters and direct guests to Cheer Station upon exiting the trolley.

T-Shirt Area/Cashier
Sort and distribute t-shirts to be given to volunteers. Accept payments for spectator shirts and food items.

Spot-A-Runner
Be on the lookout for Mercy Home Heroes! When you spot a Hero amid the other runners, announce that the runner is headed toward the Mercy Mile. We’ll be ready to cheer as they run by!

Recruit-A-Hero
Talk with guests at the Cheer Station and recruit runners for next year.

Dismantle Team
Remove bleachers, signs, and other event equipment.