Running the Chicago Marathon can become more than just running a race– it can be an opportunity to support and represent Chicago-based charities. When training starts, it entails more than personal bests in mile times, but also fundraising dollars. In 2010, more than 10,000 runners ran for a charity, raising over 10 million dollars. Perks of running for a charity include training with experts from Chicago Area Runners Association or Chicago Endurance Sports, team gear, team seminars, and team networking opportunities. In addition, on race day runners are housed in a private tent in Charity Village with complimentary massages. The 2011 Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9th is sold out, but there is still room to enter under a charity or non-profit organization. A great way to raise and keep money in
Chicago is to run for a Chicago-based charity. For a full list of organizations, groups, and charities with spots to fill for the Chicago Marathon, click here. Below are just a few of the notable organizations that specifically work to improve Chicago in numerous different ways.
PAWS Chicago is the area’s largest no-kill adoption and humane organization. PAWS Chicago is leading the way to making Chicago a city where homeless pets are guaranteed life. In 2010, PAWS Chicago’s runners raised over $380,000 for Chicago’s cageless No-Kill Adoption and Humane center and for the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, the largest free and low-cost spay and neuter clinic in the area, and one of the largest in the country.
Cellmates on the Run is a Chicago running group whose mission is to promote Diabetes research. Thier goal is to raise awareness in the fight for diabetes. They run the Chicago Diabetes Project, a collaboration of physicians, scientists, engineers, chemists, and molecular biologists working together to find a cure for diabetes as fast as possible. Last year over 200 runners ran in the Chicago Marathon and raised over $250,000. 100% of every dollar raised for Cellmates on the Run goes directly to funding research because home institutions cover overhead costs.
Special Olympics Chicago is supported by Special Children’s Charities here in Chicago. Special Olympics Chicago is one of the 17 areas of Special Olympics Illinois offering training and competition in 22 sports. Special Olympics Chicago also provides motor activities training programs for persons with severe and profound disabilities. Runners help to support programs throughout the year that serve over 5,000 Chicago athletes.
Interested in getting back into shape or running a race, just not a full marathon (26.2 miles)? Check out the other Chicago running events below, all with opportunities to represent Chicago charities.
Chicago’s Half Marathon and 5K, either 13.1 or 3.1 race, Sunday September 11th.
Chicago Triathlon Open Age Group: .47 mile swim, 13.64 mile bike, 3.1 mile run, International Distance Competition: .93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run, August 26 – 28th