BLOG: Fundraise and Run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a Charity Partner

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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. Runners who are interested in running and fundraising on behalf of a charity can guarantee their spot in the 2022 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, Fleet Feet's training partner that prepares you with 18 weeks of group, coached training.

 
 
 
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Alzheimer's Association: ALZ Stars

  • The 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.
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American Heart Association

  • Fighting heart disease and stroke and helping families and communities thrive
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American Liver Foundation

  • Promotes education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.
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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

  • One of the top pediatric providers in the nation treating Chicago's children.
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Back On My Feet

  • Combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.
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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.
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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.
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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
  • Dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness
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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.
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Chicago Run

  • Promotes the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs
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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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Cradles to Crayons

  • Provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school, and at play.
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Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

  • Help people with epilepsy live their everyday lives.
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Gilda's Club Chicago: Team Gilda

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

  • Works to inspire, develop, and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois.
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Ignite The Spirit

  • Provide funding and resources to our Brothers & Sisters as well as our community in time of need.
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IMD Guesthouse

  • IMD Guest House builds community and healing by providing comfortable, affordable accommodation for patients and their families throughout their treatment.
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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.
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Lupus Society of Illinois Lupus Charity Runners

  • Provides personal support to people living with lupus and those that care about them.
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Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

  • Assists the materially poor and to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith.
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Pat Tillman Foundation

  • Identifies remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses, empowering them with academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development opportunities and a diverse, global community of high-performing mentors and peers.
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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.
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Run Domestic Violence Out of Town

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

  • Saves military families from homelessness through rent and mortgage payments that prevent eviction or foreclosure.
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Special Olympics Chicago

  • World's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions.
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The following charities are Fleet Feet partners who have their own training program. Chicago Endurance Sports training is not a training partner.

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.
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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.
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