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The Countdown Begins! J-1s Will Volunteer at New York City Marathon

Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 at 9:52 pm.

By Lynette Evans-Tiernan, Communications Manager for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

Four young people in green rain slickers hold cups of water on side of marathon course.

J-1 Visa Exchange Visitors Volunteer at the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon

We’ve officially started the countdown to the New York City Marathon, Sunday, November 6.

Why are we at the State Department so excited about this event? Well, more than 1,000 J-1 exchange visitors – students, interns, au pairs, and research scholars – will be volunteering at rest and water stops along the race course to support the 50,000 runners from over 135 countries who will run the race. These J-1 students will be the largest single group of volunteers at the race, onsite to ensure the marathon runs smoothly. In additional, several J-1 exchange visitors will be running the marathon.

This volunteer experience allows the international exchange visitors to experience American volunteerism and philanthropy. Volunteer opportunities like this provide opportunities to meet new people, share ideas, and experience civic engagement.

This volunteer effort is coordinated by the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with 50 U.S. designated sponsor organizations who implement the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, with support from the New York City Road Runners.

Here are three ways to get updates about J-1 NYC Marathon volunteers:

  • Receive the latest updates on social media using hashtag #RouteJ1.
  • Check out photos from the event on our Flicker account:
  • Bookmark the Route J-1 Blog and come back the week of November 7 to read stories from J-1 exchange visitors who ran and volunteered at the race.


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About G. Kevin Saba

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange

G. Kevin Saba serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity, he oversees the Exchange Visitor Program, which brings around 300,000 foreign citizens to the United States annually to teach, study, and build skills. He is the Director for the Policy and Program Support Division in ECA’s Office of Private Sector Exchange.

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