Jul 18-19 2015

Chicago: Charity

 Interested in becoming an Official Charity? Charity Application

Preferred Charity Partners

Running across the finish line is an amazing personal accomplishment. Give your race even more meaning, by joining a charity training program from one of our Official training partners! Make an impact while training with new friends that will last a lifetime.

Imagine a race where hope marks the finish line. Make it a reality when you run as a St. Jude Hero to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

St. Jude has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from our research. And no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

As a St. Jude Hero, you’ll cross the finish line knowing that you truly Run for a Reason. To learn more about becoming a St. Jude Hero, visit fundraising.stjude.org or contact us at (773) 313-4308 or lexi.fiedler@stjude.org

Official Charities

Activ8 – Activ8 Running Group (8RG)

To activate the dream of attending college for Latino/immigrant students by providing them with scholarships, mentorships and networking opportunities.

Website: activ8chicago.com 

Email: running@activ8chicago.com     Phone: 312-380-6267


HELP US FIND THE CURE FOR LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE. There are never any survivors and we want to change that!
Email: maryilene@alsachicago.org     Phone: (312) 932-0000

American Cancer Society – DetermiNation

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program will help you do the unthinkable, achieve what seems impossible, and change the course of cancer forever

Website: cancer.org

Email: Christopher.Bowles@cancer.org  Phone: (312) 279-7255


America’s Future Workforce
Give it your all, run with passion, with the goal of doing your best and show that you can achieve.
Website: www.americasfutureworkforce.org/     
Email: info@americasfutureworkforce.org     Phone: (703) 224-4449

Autism Society of Illinois – TEAM ASI

Partnering with families and communities living with autism in Illinois by generating awareness and providing education, training, support, and guidance as a compassionate and caring authority.

Website: autismillinois.org    

Email: betzm@autismillinois.org     Phone: (888) 691-1270


Autism Speaks – Team Up! with Autism Speaks
At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.
Website: events.autismspeaks.org/teamupchicago14     
Email: chicagomarathon@autismspeaks.org     Phone: (224 )938-9384


Banfield Charitable Trust – Team BCT

Banfield Charitable Trust helps struggling pet owners care for their pets so that pet families can stay together.

Website: banfieldcharitabletrust.org    

Email: russ.kukini@banfieldcharitabletrust.org     Phone: (503) 922-5041


Chicago Dance Institute – Chicago Dance Institute

Chicago Dance Institute is an arts education organization that brings dance to Chicago’s youth.

Website: chicagodanceinstitute.org    

Email: lauren.cvengros@gmail.com  Phone: (616) 826-4532

Children’s Hospital University of Illinois – CHUI Running
Children’s Hospital University of Illinois’ goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to all children, especially the underserved.
Website: hospital.uillinois.edu/Patient_Care_Services/Pediatrics/Childrens_Hospital.html     
Email: mortimer@uhc.edu     Phone: (630) 272-5348


Children’s Tumor Foundation – NF Endurance
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a non-profit medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health of individuals affected by the neurofibromatoses.  
Website: ctf.kintera.org

Email: lwalsh@ctf.org   Phone: (773) 697-8144

Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society – C18 Run for the Chrome
Help individuals with chromosome 18 conditions overcome the obstacles they face so they might lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Website: chromosome18.org     
Email: office@chromosome18.org     Phone: (210) 657-4968


Compassion International – Hal Higden’s Training Program

Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from poverty.

Website: compassion.com    

Email: jimmelton@communitychristian.org     Phone: (630) 779-3693


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Team CF Superheroes 

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. We fund more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support.

Website: grillinois.cff.org/teamcfsuperheros

Email: akozyra@cff.org             Phone: (312) 236-4491 


Epilepsy Warriors Foundation – Team Warriors

To Empower, To Thrive, To Prevent, Control and Cure!

Website: epilepsywarriors.org   

Email: info@epilepsywarriors.org     Phone: (239) 233-2205


Girls in the Game

Team members build awareness and support of Girls in the Game, by raising funds and promoting active and healthy lifestyles.

Website: girlsinthegame.org  

Email: abeaver@girlsinthegame.org     Phone: (312) 633-4263


Girls on the Run – SoleMates

Girls on the Run-Chicago is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be healthy and confident. Using a fun, experience-based after-school curriculum which creatively integrates running, the innovative program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.

Website: gotrchicago.org
Email: cnielsen@gotrchicago.org  Phone: 773-342-1250  Ext. 23

Have Dreams – Team Have Dreams – Running for Autism
Team Have Dreams unites runners to fundraise for various services for children, teens, and young adults with autism.
Website: havedreams.org    
Email: dmurray@havedreams.org     Phone: (847) 685-0250


Jackson Chance Foundation – Team Chance

Our mission is to provide support to NICU families, allowing them to spend more time with their critically ill baby.

Website: jacksonchance.org   

Email: info@jacksonchance.org     Phone: (312) 629-3880

L.E.E.P. Beyond, NFP – LEEP for Autism
LEEP Beyond offers financial assistance, therapeutic and educational programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder and Aspergers.
Website: leepbeyond.org     
Email: funds@leepbeyond.org     Phone: (773) 255-8155

Little Giraffe Foundation – Little Giraffe Foundation
Little Giraffe Foundation is dedicated to funding neonatal research and supporting parents and patients of the NICU.
Website: littlegiraffefoundation.org   
Email: littlegiraffefoundation@gmail.com     Phone: (847) 927-6233

Make-A-Wish Illinois – Team Make-A-Wish
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Website: illinois.wish.org     
Email: nichele@illinois.wish.org     Phone: (312) 602-9419


Marfan Foundation – Team Victory
The Marfan Foundation does everything possible to make sure people with Marfan syndrome and related disorders live longer, fuller lives.
Website: marfan.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/victory
Email: kcavanagh@marfan.org     Phone: 516 883 8712 ext. 138

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls – Mercy Home Heroes
Mercy Home Heroes are a special group of supporters who run together to help transform the lives of suffering children.
Website: mercyhome.org/marathon   
Email: nicole.demory@mercyhome.org     Phone: (312) 738 9381

Move for Hunger
Race Against Hunger! Join Move For Hunger and help us provide meals to families in need across the US.
Website: www.moveforhunger.org/run

Email:  emily@moveforhunger.org      Phone:  732-832-5025

NephCure Foundation – Nephletes
NephCure Foundation is committed to support research seeking the cause/cure/treatment of the kidney diseases Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis and Nephrotic Syndrome.
Website: nephcure.org     
Email: kcooley@nephcure.org     Phone: (610) 540-0186 ext. 18

One Tail at a Time – Marathon Mutts
All-breed dog rescue that serves to lower euthanasia rates in Chicago and provide education on humane treatment of companion animals.
Website: onetail.org    
Email: OTATMarathonMutts@gmail.com     Phone: (773) 837-3595

Open Books – Team Bookin’ It
Open Books is a nonprofit that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and promotes literacy in Chicago.
Website: open-books.org     
Email: teambookinit@open-books.org     Phone: (312) 475-1355 ext. 151

Open Heart Magic – Open Heart Magic Charity Team
Use the therapeutic power of magic and laughter to energize and strengthen seriously ill children in Chicago area hospitals.
Website: team.openheartmagic.org  
Email: diego@openheartmagic.org     Phone: (312) 624-8079

Website: teampaws.org     
Email: teampaws@pawschicago.org     Phone: (773) 475-3315

Project Eden – Kingdom Running Club
Teach individuals how to effectively prepare and run a Marathon God’s way, solely relying on direction received from the Holyspirit.
Website: kingdomrunningclub.com     
Email: krc@lwcchelps.org     Phone: (708) 697-5000 ext. 4206


Project Purple – Project Purple

Project Purple is  raising awareness and funds towards a cure for pancreatic cancer,  the 4th largest cancer killer and the least funded. This cancer is the only one in the top 10 killers with a single digit survival rate after 5 years.

Website: run4projectpurple.org    

Email: info@run4projectpurple.org     Phone: (203) 714-6052

Prostate Cancer Foundation – Athletes for a Cure
Athletes for a Cure raises funds and awareness for the fight against prostate cancer by supporting life-saving research.
Website: athletesforacure.org     
Email: info@athletesforacure.org     Phone: (310) 570-4700

Starlight Children’s Foundation – Starlight in Sneakers
We help seriously ill children and their families cope with pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
Website: starlight-midwest.org     
Email: jbaumann@starlightmidwest.org     Phone: (312) 251-7827 Ext. 15

UPS for DownS
Our team includes athletes with and without Down syndrome.    What’s your R-word?  We’ve got two:  RUN and RESPECT!
Website: upsfordowns.org     
Email: marathon@upsfordowns.org     Phone: (847) 895-2100


Interested in becoming an Official Charity? Charity Application 

Schedule of Events

July 18-19, 2015

Health & Fitness Expo

McCormick Place, Hall D1
Friday, July 17: 12:30pm – 7pm
Saturday, July 18: 9:30am – 5pm
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K

Start Time: 8:00am
Event Details

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Start Time: 6:30am
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