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Running Changes Everything™ 

That's the motto we live by. Commit to making a difference in your life and the lives of others by running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with an official charity partner. Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a charity partner not only guarantees you a spot in the race, but it also helps contribute to the single largest giving day in Illinois.

In 2019, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that more than 12,000 runners raised over $27.1 million through the charity program. Since the charity program was officially established in 2002, more than 118,000 runners have raised over $225 million for local, national and global causes. 

We urge you to consider joining one of the below charities if you're running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry application window closed at 2 p.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Individuals who are interested in running and fundraising on behalf of a charity can guarantee their spot in the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Charity program entries are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. 

 

Take a look at the list of Fleet Feet's charity partners below. Each of these charities trains with Chicago Endurance Sports, a training program that prepares you with 18 weeks of group, coached training.

 

Alzheimer's Association: ALZ STARS

  • Alzheimer's Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.
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American Cancer Society: DetermiNation

  • The American Cancer Society's mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. 
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American Diabetes Association: Team Diabetes

  • Aims to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
  • Sign up

American Heart Association

  • Fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Sign up

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

  • One of the top pediatric providers in the nation treating Chicago's children.
  • Sign up

Back On My Feet

  • Combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.
  • Sign up
 
 
 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Helps all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors.
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Big Shoulders Fund

  • Provides support to inner-city schools that provide a quality, values-based education for Chicago’s children.
  • Sign up

Blessons for Women: Team Blessons

  • Blessons for Women provides free mentorship, educational workshops, and wellness clinics for all women, in addition to scholarships to disadvantaged, low-income women who are 25 years or older and who have their higher education interrupted due to challenging life lessons such as; cancer, mental health conditions, physical or emotional abuse, sex trafficking or who are first-generation female immigrants.
  • Sign up

Bright Pink

  • As many as 20% of women in the U.S. are at an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancer, but most don’t know it. By running with Team Bright Pink and fundraising you are committing to save lives by empowering women to know their risk and manage their health proactively.
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Chicago Run

  • Aids in the fight against childhood obesity.
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Chicago Parks Foundation: Team ChiParks

  • The Chicago Parks Foundation's mission is to build a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving our city’s parks.
  • Sign up

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: Team to End Homelessness

  • Since 1980, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has had a clear mission: “We organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness because we believe housing is a human right in a just society."
  • Sign up

Children's Tumor Foundation: NF Endurance Team

  • Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis.
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Epilepsy Foundation

  • Help people with epilepsy live their everyday lives.
  • Sign up

Gilda's Club Chicago: Team Gilda

  • Ensures that anyone impacted by cancer is empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
  • Sign up

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

  • The preeminent leadership development organization for girls.
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Girls On The Run: SoleMates

  • Works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.
  • Sign up

Golden Apple

  • Works to inspire, develop, and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois.
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Imerman Angels

  • Provides guidance and resources with an emphasis on one-on-one support for cancer fighters and caregivers.
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Les Turner ALS Foundation

  • Provides those affected by ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) with the best quality of care and a local community of support to provide their loved ones with answers and encouragement.
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LUNGevity Foundation

  • The nation's leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit.
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Latinos Progresando

  • Delivers high-quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy, and productive lives.
  • Sign up

Lupus Society of Illinois Lupus Charity Runners

  • Provides personal support to people living with lupus and those that care about them.
  • Sign up

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

  • Assists the materially poor and to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith.
  • Sign up

Pat Tillman Foundation Team Tillman

  • Unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self.
  • Sign up

PAWS Chicago

  • Team PAWS Chicago is the athletic and fundraising program supporting PAWS Chicago, the Midwest's largest No Kill animal shelter.
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Respiratory Health Association: Lung Power Team

  • Work to prevent lung disease, promote clean air, and help people live better through education, research, and policy change.
  • Sign up

Run Domestic Violence Out of Town

  • Runs to raise support, money, & awareness for domestic violence survivors
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Salute, Inc. Team Salute

  • Delivers short-term financial assistance to bridge the temporary income gaps and meet the basic needs of post 9/11 veterans.
  • Sign up

Special Olympics

  • World's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions.
  • Sign up

 

 
 
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The following charities are Fleet Feet partners who have their own training program. Complimentary training with Chicago Endurance Sports training is not included.

 

AIDS Foundation: Team To End AIDS (T2)

  • Joining Team To End AIDS (T2) for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will make a difference in the fight for HIV prevention, treatment, and life-saving social services.
  • Sign up

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls: Mercy Home Heroes

  • Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic organization answering the Gospel call to minister to children and families in need.
  • Sign up

World Vision: Team World Vision

  • A Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
  • Sign up

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