CARA

CARA Charity Partners

CARA Charity Partners

The Chicago Area Runners Association' (CARA) charity partnership program allows charitable organizations of all sizes and interests to partner with CARA as they raise funds through charity running fundraising. Running for charity allows runners to make their miles more meaningful. CARA charity partners are able to connect with CARA's community of runners through a varity of resources, including training programs which help runners reach the finish line and stay on target for their fundraising goals. CARA provides over $65,000 per year in training program fee subsidies to support its charity team partners.

Charity team leaders, contact Jillian at jillian@cararuns.org to learn more about how a CARA partnership can support your team and its fundraising efforts.



Advocate Health (Organization WebsiteTeam Website)

 Join Advocate Health Care’s Inspired to Run team and help ensure that more than one million people have access to world-class care close to their home. Running for charity can be the motivation you need to get through the race—you are not just running for yourself, you are running to make a difference in the lives of others. Not only will you support those in need, but you will also inspire your friends, family and coworkers to give back to cancer research, help children and adults with Down syndrome, support the nurses and physicians who save lives each day and much more. Our team members receive a FREE entry to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, FREE CARA training and access to our day-of-marathon team hospitality tent for gear check and a place for your loved ones to meet you post-race to celebrate. 

Contact: (ACF-CharityTeam@advocatehealth.com) 

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Alive Rescue (Organization Website  |  Team Website)

ALIVE Rescue is a Chicago-based rescue that protects the lives and rights of all animals. We believe every animal has the right to a well-balanced, socialized and fulfilled life. We take on the responsibility to save, rehabilitate and place abandoned, abused and stray animals. We provide medical, behavioral and physical support for animals despite age, health and/or breed. ALIVE Rescue promotes sustainable living and caregiving by building awareness, appreciation, and respect for all animals and the environment.

Alive and Running aims to intertwine the running community with the animal community. We allow runners the opportunity to save the lives of animals in need with every step, every mile and every race. Alive and Running embraces teamwork, compassion and respect among its team of runners. Supporting ALIVE Rescue earns runners the title of Hero, as they truly help save lives. Take a run, rescue a life and be a hero!

Contact: Hannah (hannah.nicolet.aliverescue@gmail.com) or mackenzie.aliverescue@gmail.com

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Alzheimer's Association (Organization Website  |  Team Website)

In the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer's disease, and someone develops the disease every 67 seconds. Unless something is done, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's in 2050 and someone will develop the disease every 33 seconds. The end of Alzheimer's starts with you! 

Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country.  We are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Contact: Sharri Bryan (sscott@alz.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter (Organization Website  |  Team Website)

The mission of the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. The ALS community needs your help to put an end to this devastating disease. When you participate, advocate, and donate, you advance the fight to find the cure and lead us toward a world without ALS!

The ALS Association helps patients and families cope with the day to day challenges of living with ALS by providing information, resources, and referrals to many sources, including a wide variety of community services.  The ALS Association's nation-wide network of chapters and other partners provide localized patient and family support in communities across the country.

Contact: Sarah Brandt (sarah@alsachicago.org | 312-932-0000)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Brain Tumor Association (Organization Website  |  Team Web Site)

The American Brain Tumor Association’s (ABTA) Team Breakthrough endurance program. Team Breakthrough allows runners from beginners to the more advanced to participate in endurance events nationwide. Currently, more than 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor diagnosis. Your support allows the ABTA to fund desperately needed brain tumor research, patient programs and support services.

Contac: Kali Drews (kdrews@abta.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Cancer Society Team DetermiNation (Organization Website  |  Team Website)

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program will help you do the unthinkable, achieve what seems impossible, and change the course of cancer forever. With access to professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way, the American Cancer Society will help you finish a half-marathon, marathon, or triathlon. Your personal race victory will change your life, but the finish line will be just the beginning. Because your triumph also means a triumph over cancer - where every step you take and every mile you conquer will create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Contact: Chris Bowles (christopher.bowles@cancer.org | 312-279-7255)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Virgin Money London Marathon
  • BMW Berlin Marathon
  • Marine Corps Marathon
  • TCS NYC Marathon
  • Rock n Roll Marathon Series
  • Tough Mudder Series
  • Detroit Free Press Half & Full Marathon


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Organization Website | Team Website)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies: Funding scientific research, Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention, Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention, Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission, Through their fundraising, members of the AFSP Race Team help support AFSP’s activities, raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues and help remove their stigma.

Contact: Steve Moore (smoore200400@yahoo.com)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Heart Association (Organization WebsiteTeam Website)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Liver Foundation (Organization WebsiteTeam Website)

The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). This organization of scientists and healthcare professionals was concerned with the rising incidence of liver disease and the lack of awareness among both the general public and the medical community. The mission, the programs and the services provided by American Liver Foundation complement the great work of AASLD.

American Liver Foundation makes a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing financial support for medical research, education for medical professionals, and advocacy and information for patients and their families, and by creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention.

Contact: Tatiana Hayes (THayes@liverfoundation.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Red Cross  (Organization Website  |  Team Website)

The American Red Cross is always there in times of need. Our mission is to turn compassion into action so that all people affected by disasters receive care, shelter and hope; our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives. Team Red Cross prepares runners for success in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, while also providing a rewarding charitable-giving experience. The money you raise as part of this program will directly support our lifesaving mission. You can make a difference. Join us.

Contact: Stephanie Patton (stephanie.patton@redcross.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


The Anti-Cruelty Society (Organization Website | Team Website)

Welcome to Team Anti-Cruelty! We are extremely grateful to you for your heartwarming commitment to run on behalf of the 20,000 animals that we care for each year. Because of your dedication, dogs that were victims of horrible abuse and neglect will finally discover their second chances in life. Cats that were left in the cold will find happiness and comfort in the warmth of their new families. You will make an immediate and a significant difference to all of them.

With each mile, each footfall, and each ragged breath, you do more good, you make more of an impact, and you save more lives. And we will be with you every step of the way. If you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. If you need help with fundraising tips or suggestions, or would like us to promote you on social media, we will gladly do so. We are thankful for your friendship, and we are excited for the journey that we will take together. On behalf of all the animals, we thank you.

Contact: Christine Natarelli (CNatarelli@anticruelty.org)



Apna Ghar (Organization Website | Team Website)

Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts outreach and advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence. At Apna Ghar we recognize that immigrant survivors of gender violence in the United States face unique challenges, including limited access to legal, social, protective and support services. Apna Ghar provides comprehensive and holistic services to survivors as they begin their journeys of healing and empowerment. We also conduct community education and address systemic barriers that immigrant survivors face.

Contact: Ashley Tsuruda (atsuruda@apnaghar.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Best Buddies (Organization Website)

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.

Contact: Kaitlyn Rose: (kaitlynrose@bestbuddies.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Big Shoulders Fund (Organization Website | Team Website)

Big Shoulders Fund: Big Shoulders Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization that serves inner-city Chicago Catholic schools which provide a quality, values-based education for Chicago’s children, thereby contributing to stronger communities. Today we support 76 schools –63 elementary and 13 high schools—educating 20,000 students –80 percent minority, 65 percent living in poverty, and a third not Catholic—and are investing $18 million a year. One hundred percent of funds currently raised support four major areas – scholarships and enrichment, operational improvements, academic programs, and leadership development – with the goal of not just strengthening schools, but whole communities, and preparing students for life-long success. This investment is paying off with 96 percent of students graduating high school and 86 percent of scholars going on to college.

Contact: Sam Rodriguez (srodriguez@bigshouldersfund.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Center for Independent Futures (Organization Website | Team Website)

We uphold a vision for the future where individuals with disabilities have access to all opportunities of a full life. We create innovative product and service models that give individuals with disabilities and their families the skills and opportunities to realize full lives. Center for Independent Futures creates opportunities for individuals to access choice, experience, responsibility, and relationships through their own processes. Our goal is for each individual to reach his or her greatest potential and become a contributing member of the community.

Contact: Connor Larsen (clarsen@independentfutures.com)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Area Runners Association (Organization Website | Team Website)

 At CARA we know running is more than simply sport, running changes lives!. The funds you raise as a Team CARA Charity Runner allow CARA to bring programming to runners of all ages and galvanize neighborhoods around community focussed running events like 'Go Run. CARA also works hard to support the entire running community through a variety of advocacy and volunteer programs that protect and support running throughout Chicagoland. 

Contact: (astrid@cararuns.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon 


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (Organization Website | Team Website)

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is the only non-profit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness. Our organization leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives that target the lack of affordable housing in metropolitan Chicago and across Illinois. In addition, CCH presses for access to jobs, training, and public schools. Our community organizers, policy specialists, and public interest attorneys advocate with people hurt by homelessness, including mothers with children, students, unaccompanied youth, ex-offenders, prostitution survivors, and low-wage workers. To preserve our independent voice, CCH does not accept government funding. Instead, we advocate for funds to create housing and improve services and opportunities for people who are homeless or at-risk, and to support the programs that serve homeless families, youths and adults.

Contact: Claire Sloss (csloss@chicagohomeless.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


The Chicago Diabetes Project (Organization Website | Team Website)

Cellmates on the Run is a running team that brings individuals together to achieve a common goal: cure diabetes. When you join the official running team of the Chicago Diabetes Project you’ll be raising money to advance diabetes research and a functional cure through islet cell transplants.  Together, every mile brings us closer to a functional cure for diabetes.  To date we have raised over $1 million to fund life-changing diabetes research.  Will you choose to challenge yourself and help outrun diabetes? Please join us. With your help, we’ll be 26.2 miles closer to a cure.

Contact: Jill Dine (jill@chicagodiabetesproject.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon



The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (Organization Website | Team Website)

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation is the only non-profit organization in North America exclusively dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Approximately 10,000 people in the United States are diagnosed each year with this hard-to-diagnose, difficult-to-treat, fatal type of cancer. Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare but deadly cancer that has very little name recognition or awareness. Due to this lack of visibility, it is often overlooked as symptoms can mimic those of other illnesses and diagnosis comes too late. Conventional cancer treatments remain ineffective against cholangiocarcinoma, and most people diagnosed with advanced disease have less than a 5% chance of surviving at least five years. While almost 2 out of 3 people with bile duct cancer are 65 or older, people of nearly any age can be diagnosed. There has been an alarming increase in the past decade of young individuals being diagnosed in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. Your support of Team CCF will significantly enhance awareness and recognition of bile duct cancer and raise critical funds for research, outreach and education to serve all those affected by cholangiocarcinoma.

Contact: Katie Glenn (katie.glenn@cholangiocarcinoma.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon



Cornerstone Community Outreach (Organization Website | Team Website)

Cornerstone Community Outreach has a long standing commitment to providing shelter and finding homes for families and individuals who are at the greatest risk of being excluded from necessary services. Ready to join Team CCO to make a greater difference with your efforts and help end homelessness? We are ready for you!

Contact: Andrew Winter (awinter01@gmail.com)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Fire Foundation (Organization Website | Team Website)

The Chicago Fire's goal on the field is to play hard and win. Its goal off the field is to contribute to the quality of life in Chicago and its surrounding communities. Through the Chicago Fire Foundation, the Fire is able to give back to the community by developing programs that reach out to Chicagoland's community. Since 1998, the Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team, has made significant contributions to enhance the lives of disadvantaged youth throughout Chicagoland, providing more than $1.8 million back in to the community.

The Chicago Fire Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life throughout Chicagoland by leveraging its resources and expertise in the area of soccer to provide sports-based youth development and direct-service programs to underserved communities.

Contact: Steve Jastrow (sjastrow@chicago-fire.com)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Parks Foundation (Organization Website  |  Team Website)

The mission of the Chicago Parks Foundation is to build a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving parks in Chicago. Without Chicago's 600+ parks and 26 miles of Lakefront Trail, where would you run? Thousands of runners choose to make their Chicago Marathon experience more meaningful by running on behalf of a charity. Team ChiParks members share a passion for our amazing Chicago parks and help to raise important funds that directly support our mission. Since 2014, Team ChiParks has raised more than $250,000 for the Chicago Parks Foundation. Join us!

Contact: Brandy Freeland Kuhl (bfreelandkuhl@chicagoparksfoundation.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon



Danny Did Foundation (Organization Website | Team Website)

Team Danny Did supports the Danny Did Foundation (DDF) and its work to protect kids who face epilepsy, a disease that will impact 1 in 26 Americans. Founded in Chicago by two parents who lost their son Danny at age 4 following a seizure in his sleep, the DDF works to advance awareness, spread education and inspire hope for people who are touched by epilepsy.

We offer our marathon team members a FREE race entry, plus FREE access to the CARA training program. The funds raised by runners make a direct impact on families facing seizures by enabling them access to devices that alert a caregiver when a seizure takes place. These resources are critical because Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is less likely to happen after a seizure if somebody is present. Run for a cause that knows how important it is to enjoy life!

Contact: Mary Duffy (mduffy@dannydid.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Esperanza Health Centers (Organization Website)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Girls in the Game (Organization Website | Team Website)

At Girls in the Game every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs.

Contact: SommerAnn McCollough (smccullough@girlsinthegame.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Girls on the Run Chicago (Organization Website | Team Website)

Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is the largest council of Girls on the Run International. Girls on the Run-Chicago was founded by five local women in 1999 and served 45 girls during that first year. This year, we are on track to serve 11,000 girls across 8 Chicagoland counties. Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

Contact: Margot Mache (MMache@gotrchicago.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (Organization Website | Team Website)

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association’s (GLASA) motto is to “Let No One Sit on the Sidelines!” GLASA believes that individuals with physical or visual disabilities should have the same opportunities and access to inclusive recreation, fitness and competitive sports activities.  GLASA offers opportunities for empowerment through education, leadership and training in collaboration with community-based organizations.  By becoming a charity runner with Team GLASA you are helping to provide programs and improve the health and wellness of these individuals.

Started with less than a dozen participants, GLASA now serves over 800 individuals in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin each year through direct programming. Over 3,000 youth and adults are also served each year through education and outreach initiatives. Educational clinics and elite level competitions bring in athletes, teams and families from around the country.  Become a charity runner and go the distance with Team GLASA.

Contact: Cherie Hrusovsky (chrusovsky@glasa.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon



Greater Chicago Food Depository (Organization Website | Team Website)

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank. We provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. We do this in partnership with 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and responses for children, older adults and veterans. This network distributes food where it is needed most throughout Cook County.

Since 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 72 million pounds of food, 37% of which was fresh produce. Every day we distribute the equivalent of 164,000 meals. The Food Depository is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks.

Contact: Erik Graves (egraves@gcfd.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


GRIP Outreach for Youth (Organization Website | Team Website)

GRIP Outreach For Youth is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to address the needs of fatherless teenagers in Chicago’s inner city. Connecting these youth with caring Christian mentors to build “life-on-life” relationships, GRIP provides programs and recreation to develop young people spiritually, mentally, and physically. Many of our teens are from neighborhoods where very few have a father figure in their lives and far too many end up in jail, addicted to drugs, or even dead before they turn 25. Since its founding in 2004, GRIP has introduced a father-figure and the hope of Jesus Christ into the lives of hundreds of at-risk teens who desperately need someone to love them and walk life alongside them.

Contact: Lauren Jackson (lauren@gripyouth.com)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Have Dreams (Organization Website)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Illinois Spina Bifida (Organization Website | Team Website)

Illinois Spina Bifida Association works to improve the quality of life of children, adults, and families living with spina bifida.  Spina bifida is the failure of the spine to close properly during pregnancy. ISBA works to: promote skills development and independence, improve family resilience and access to resources through outreach, education and advocacy, and provide targeted financial assistance. 

ISBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1969 by a group of parents.  We work in partnership with families, service providers, volunteers, and funders throughout the state.  ISBA serves more than 900 families and has outreach collaborations with spina bifida clinics at local hospitals.  Our programs include: social workers who can do home visits, Camp Independence run by the YMCA, GoBabyGo – electric cars for young kids to improve their mobility, conferences, resource referrals, support groups, play dates, adult groups, scholarships, equipment fund, and research awards.

Contact: Aimee Look (aimee@i-sba.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


JDRF (Organization Website | Team Website)

JDRF funds research that transforms the lives of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). We want a cure, and we won’t stop until we find one. Along the way, we will continue to drive scientific progress that delivers new treatments and therapies that make day-to-day life with T1D easier, safer and healthier. JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it—by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community. 

Contact: Libby Winter (LWinter@jdrf.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Lupes Society of Illinois (Organization Website)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


March of Dimes (Organization Website | Team Website)

March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies. We're advocating for policies to protect them. We're working to radically improve the healthcare they receive. We're pioneering research to find solutions. We're empowering families with the knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we're building a brighter future for us all.

For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care they receive. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies. 

Contact: Nicole Wissley (NWillsey@marchofdimes.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Mercy Home for Boys and Girls (Organization Website | Team Web Site)

Since 1887, Mercy Home has been a solution for kids in crisis. With your support, we can continue the legacy of bringing healing and opportunity to hurting kids for years to come. Our team provides a guaranteed entry, free training, fundraising support, Heroes gear and a pre-race pasta dinner.

But the biggest perks come on race day. You will get a Hero's welcome from the children you're helping as you run past Mercy Home at Mile 16. And our Hero HQ provides you with real indoor bathrooms, gear check, food, postrace massages and more! We will even shuttle your cheer squad from HQ to Mercy Home and back via trolley. 

Our homes are 99.9% privately funded, so money raised by our Heroes is critical. Last year, 224 participants raised more than $500,000 that provided shelter, food, and clothing, as well as therapeutic, academic, and vocational support.

Contact: Jim Harding (jimhar@mercyhome.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


National MS Society (Organization Website | Team Website)

When you join the Finish MS Chicago Marathon team, you are changing the world for people affected by MS. Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS.

So, lace up your running shoes and support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society! Participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon AND Raise awareness and funds for programs and resources for people with MS. It’s easy, it’s fun and you’ll feel good from head to toe!

Contact: Shannon Feeny (shannon.feeney@nmss.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


One Tail at a Time (Organization Website)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Open Heart Magic (Organization Website | Team Website)

Open Heart Magic (OHM) trains and certifies volunteers who work to improve the hospital experience for kids in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Cleveland. By engaging these patients with specially developed magic tricks performed and taught at their bedside, OHM volunteer Hospital Magicians can engage patients regardless of their age, condition, diagnosis, or background. In 2017, our volunteers engaged over 12,000 patients, one at a time, as well as nearly 17,000 friends and family members. Our volunteers' work can turn a scary experience into an exciting one, as patients learn tricks they perform for family and friends (and often, medical staff at the hospital!). Our volunteers’ magic transforms the patients into kids again.

Contact: David Schmidt (dave@openheartmagic.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Organization for Austim Research (Organization Website | Team Website)

OAR was founded in December 2001 by seven individuals whose lives and families had been directly impacted by autism. They shared a common vision and set out on a singular mission – to apply science to answer the daily questions and challenges that autism presents to individuals with autism, their families, teachers, and caregivers.

There are many organizations dedicated to autism. What distinguishes us from other organizations is our singular focus on applied research and the quality and practical value of its resource materials. The studies we fund and the information resources we provide have meaning in the day-to-day lives of persons with autism and their families. Rather than fund research relative to cause and cure, we funds pilot studies on topics of more every day relevance such as education, parent and teacher training, communication, self-care, social skills, employment, behavior and adult and community issues. In pursuing its efforts to change lives, our ultimate focus is quality of life.

Contact: Sean Flynn (sflynn@researchautism.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Pav YMCA (Organization Website)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


PAWS Chicago (Organization Website  |  Team Web Site)

The Mission of PAWS Chicago is to build No Kill communities, starting with Chicago, that respect and value the life of every cat and dog. It is only by engaging people in the cause of homeless pets that we will build No Kill communities. People adopt. People spay or neuter their pets and prevent them from breeding. People volunteer their time, donate financially and spread awareness in their network.

By inspiring and mobilizing people, we are able to create collective impact that brings about change. This is why community engagement is the foundation of what we do at PAWS Chicago.

Contact: (teampaws@pawschicago.org | 773-475-3308)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Virgin Money London Marathon
  • BMW Berlin Marathon
  • TCS NYC Marathon
  • Schneider Electric Paris Marathon 


Pulmonary Hypertension Association (Organization Website)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Respiratory Health Association / Lung Power (Organization Website | Team Website)

Run for Healthy Lungs & Clean Air! Whether it’s your first triathlon or your 100th 5K, dedicate your efforts to healthy lungs and clean air as a member of Respiratory Health Association’s Lung Power Team. Asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases may have touched you personally and clean air affects us all. Make every stride more meaningful in the race of your choice, by raising funds for education, research and policy changes that help people live better.

Contact: Rebecca Weingberg-Doptis (Rweinberg@lungchicago.org)

Opportunities / Bib Available: 

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Run Domestic Violence Out of Town (Organization Website | Team Website)

We are 10 very different domestic violence service providers from across the city of Chicago, who have come together to advance our cause in ending domestic violence. We recruit a team of dedicated runners to help us raise both money & awareness. All revenue generated by the Run DV Team is used by our member agencies for domestic violence prevention and supportive services for its survivors and their families. We have an awesome team of runners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Chicago Half Marathon/5k!

The Run DV Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration representing diverse populations across Chicago. Our domestic violence agencies are located in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs, and serve communities representing all races, ethnicities, and religions.  

Contact: Bethany Gomillion (marathonteam@batteredwomensnetwork.org)

Opportunities / Bib Available: 

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon

  • Chicago Half Marathon & 5k




Salute, Inc (Organization Website | Team Website)

SALUTE, INC. is dedicated to meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of injured veterans and their families. SALUTE works individually with each veteran applicant to assess their current situation and determine how we might offer assistance.  The most common requests are for help with housing, car, grocery and utility bills.  However, sometimes the financial assistance is more specialized, e.g.  an adaptive bike so the veteran can rehabilitate or compete, textbooks or tuition assistance to continue their education, or a laptop to facilitate a job search.  SALUTE works one on one with every veteran applicant to meet their specific needs, tailoring our response so it will have the greatest impact on their lives. 

Contact: Sue Hussey (sue@saluteinc.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


St. Jude Children's Research (Organization Website | Team Website)

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

As a Hero, you'll raise funds for the kids of St. Jude while you train for your race. The dollars that Heroes raise help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. 
Do more with your race. Be a Hero, and run for the kids of St. Jude.

Contact: Jaymie Polet (jaymie.polet@stjude.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Taller de Jose (Organization Website | Team Website)

Taller de José is a community resource center located in the Little Village Neighborhood of Chicago. Its mission is to connect people to services and services to people so that all may be one.

Contact: Mitchell Roemer (mroemer@tallerdejose.org   | 773-523-8320)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Urban Initiatives (Organization Website)

Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives' mission is to empower Chicago's youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living and leadership development. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Our structured, incentive-based programs provide opportunities for kids to grow and learn by starting young and serving the needs of the whole child from elementary school to high school and beyond. By utilizing soccer as a vehicle for programming, participants are able to grow from Player to Captain to Coach, roles that increase in responsibility, leadership opportunities and ownership over time. Urban Initiatives currently serves 17,000 participants in 57 Chicago Public Schools from 38 diverse communities.

Contact: Lauren Gaynor (lauren.gaynor@urbaninitiatives.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Ups for Downs Chicago (Organization Website | Team Website)

UPS for DownS is a parent directed, non-profit organization offering support, education, and encouragement for parents, families and others who love and care about persons with Down syndrome. We inspire community acceptance by sharing with others the presence, potential and abilities of people with Down syndrome.

Contact: Terri Devine (marathon@upsfordowns.org)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon