Help Charities, Run The Chicago Marathon, There's Plenty of Spots Available.

Help Charities, Run The Chicago Marathon, There's Plenty of Spots Available.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon sold out in record time this year.  The flat fast course and world class field brings runners from around the world to the streets of Chicago to run 26.2 miles.

If you still want to run, don't let the "sold out" sign turn you away, there are still plenty of charity spots available.  Charity spots are reserved for the many charities that are supported by the marathon.  They have a certain amount of spots that they give away in return for fund raising.  Most charities have a minimum you have to earn for their charity, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.  In return for fund raising, you get Marathon training programs and expert coaching, group training runs and training partners, being a part of a team, including team uniforms, support, camaraderie and social opportunities, access to Charity Village on race day (i.e. race day hospitality in Grant Park), pre-race pasta parties and post-race celebrations.

If you're new to marathon running, it's a great way to get into the sport with a group, plenty of support and an additional goal to keep you going.  If you have been running for a while and need new motivation this is a great route to take.

In tough economic times, charities are in great need to support, these spots are a positive way to help fund raise as well as make it to the finish line in Grant Park.  There are plenty of options for everyone to get involved in the charity of their choice.

Remember- Charity Running, It's Good For The Sole!

Team to End AIDS (T2)
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region
The Chicago Diabetes Project
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Team In Training
PAWS Chicago
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Team World Vision - 26.2 for Africa
ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, St. Jude Heroes Team
Children's Memorial Hospital Foundation
Girls on the Run
Marathon for the Cure, a program of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Opportunity Enterprises
The Organization for Autism Research
SCC/Special Olympics Chicago
Advocate Charitable Foundation
Alzheimer's Association
American Brain Tumor Association
American Heart Association
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation
Friends of Prentice
Girls in the Game
Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Michael J. Fox Foundation - Team Fox
Old St. Pat's - Crossroads Runners
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Teach For America
The American Institute for Cancer Research
American Liver Foundation
American Lung Association of Greater Chicago
The Anti-Cruelty Society
Asha for Education
A-T Children's Project
Autism Speaks
Back on My Feet
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Bears Care
Best Buddies Illinois
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Bright Pink NFP
Cal's All-Star Angel Foundation
Casa de los Angeles
Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA)
Chicago Fire Foundation
Chicago Run
Childrens Oncology Services, Inc.
Children's Tumor Foundation
Common Threads
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Danny Did Foundation
De La Salle Institute
Endure to Cure Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Equine Dreams
Fundacion Mazahua, A.C.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Greek America Foundation
Have Dreams
Holiday Heroes Foundation
IAFF Charitable Foundation Burn Fund
Jack H Marston II Melanoma Fund
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago - Lung Power Team
Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter
Misericordia Home
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, (MMRF)
National Hospice Foundation/Run to Remember
National MS Society
Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO)
Open Heart Magic - Miles for Magic
Pat Tillman Foundation
RISE International
Rock For Reading
The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division
SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman
Spinal Cord Injury Sucks, NFP
Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois
Tug McGraw Foundation/Team McGraw
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation/Team Reeve
UNO Charter School Network
United Parent Support for Down Syndrome
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Walter and Connie Payton Foundation & Jarrett Payton Foundation
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization


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  • Chicago Marathon is the best race! I'm running for Team in Training this year. Just picked up my training plan from the running headquarters.

    Looks like a great one. Looking forward to training this summer and getting across the finish line!!

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