Run for Charity

CARA Charity Parters

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 Greg at greg@cararuns.org to learn more about how a CARA partnership can support your team and its fundraising efforts.

Advocate Health (Team Web Site)

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: (acfinspiredtorun@advocatehealth.com)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Alzheimer's Association (Organizations Website  |  Team Web Site)

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!

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter (Organizations Website  |  Team Web Site)

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.

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

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Brain Tumor Association (Organizations 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.

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Cancer Society Team DetermiNation (Organizations Website  |  Team Web Site)

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. 

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 (Organizations Website)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Heart Association (Team Web Site)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Liver Foundation (Team Web Site)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


American Red Cross

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon
   


Apna Ghar

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Best Buddies

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Big Shoulders Fund

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Center for Independent Futures

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Diabetes Project

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Cornerstone Community Outreach

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Fire Foundation

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Parks Foundation (Organizations Website  |  Team Web Site)

The mission of the Chicago Parks Foundation is to build a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving parks in Chicago.

Contact: Erica Acosta (eacosta@chicagoparksfoundation.org | 312-742-5795)

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Danny Did Foundation

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Esperanza Health Centers

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Girls in the Game

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Girls on the Run Chicago

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Greater Chicago Food Depository

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


GRIP Outreach for Youth

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Have Dreams

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Illinois Spina Bifida

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


JDRF

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Lupes Society of Illinois

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


March of Dimes

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


National MS Society

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


One Tail at a Time

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Open Heart Magic

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Organization for Austim Research

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Pav YMCA

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


PAWS Chicago (Organizations 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. 

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


Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Salute, Inc

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


St. Jude Children's Research

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Urban Initiatives

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Ups for Downs Chicago

Opportunities / Bibs Available:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon