*UPDATE: We’re no longer taking applications to join the WITNESS team, please contact to stay informed about future opportunities.*


Fall time in New York is beautiful. Holiday cheer is in the air, coffeehouses are brewing your favorite seasonal beverages, and everyone is collectively enjoying the aura of being in NYC in November. The most exciting thing happening that month, however as any true New Yorker knows, is Marathon Day.

Even the toughest, most unsentimental New Yorkers can’t help but be swept up in the marathon spirit, as 50,000 courageous runners blaze through the streets to the thunderous roar of an adoring city.

WITNESS is proud to be an official charity partner in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon for the ninth consecutive year. On Sunday, November 4, five dedicated runners will represent Team WITNESS and run for human rights change– and you can be one of them!

WITNESS welcomes runners of all levels and backgrounds, from dedicated multi-marathon champions to first-time runners. Cumulatively, our past teams have raised close to $100,000 in support of human rights defenders everywhere. They have empowered thousands of activists and everyday people to use video for change on some of the most pervasive human rights issues of our time – from war crimes in Syria to police brutality in the United States to sexual and gender-based violence around the world. And they did this while running the race of their lives…sometimes multiple years in a row!

We hope you will follow in their footsteps and join Team WITNESS in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon.


WITNESS makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. With millions of people empowered to film injustice – often with just smartphones in their pockets, we make sure that they are equipped with the right tools, guidance, and techniques to make sure that their voices are heard.  By joining us, you become a witness to human rights.

How It Works:

  • Register with Team WITNESS. Registration for charity partners opens after the official lottery drawing on February 28 and closes on September 13. Note that spots are limited and will go quickly – so the sooner you reach out, the better!
  • Pay the registration fee ($255 for NYRR members, $295 for non-members, $358 for non-U.S. residents)
  • Meet your fundraising minimum by November 30 – with help from our amazing fundraising team. Each runner commits to raising $3,000 in support of WITNESS’ programs. But you don’t have to do this alone! You’ll have the full support of our in-house fundraising team, who will help you out with strategies, tips, and additional assistance.
  • And lastly, run your heart out in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon!

As a member of Team WITNESS, you will receive:

  • A guaranteed spot on the starting line on November 4;
  • A personalized WITNESS jersey;
  • Fundraising tips and strategies to help you meet your goals;
  • An amazing team of human rights defenders to train and share your journey with.

Interested in joining the team? Contact to learn more and secure your spot today.


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