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Bank of America Chicago Marathon
October 13, 2019

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. Since 2014, the Chicago Parks Foundation’s Team ChiParks has raised $450,000+ in support of our city’s parks and the communities who love them.

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Choose to #RunForTheParks in 2019!

Application to the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon opens October 23, 2018. We accept runners to Team ChiParks on a rolling basis.

  • Register with us before November 29, 2018, and commit to a fundraising minimum of $1,250 in support of the Chicago Parks Foundation.

  • Register anytime after November 29th, and your fundraising minimum will be $1,750.

Your donation includes:

  • FREE, GUARANTEED ENTRY to the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (with fundraising commitment)

  • FREE TRAINING opportunities with the Chicago Area Runners Association

  • PERSONAL CROWDRISE PAGE for your supporters to directly donate to your fundraising goal

  • STEP-BY-STEP SUPPORT from our Charity Marathon Coordinator including newsletters, tips, and more

  • FREE GEAR for you and your fans, including your Team ChiParks technical running singlet

  • COMMUNITY RUNS & SOCIAL GATHERINGS throughout your training

  • RACE DAY PARTY TENT just steps from the finish line featuring gear check, cool downs, food, brews, and fun!

Park Give Back Program

Make a local impact! This year, the Chicago Parks Foundation will give 20% of your total funds raised (after expenses) to a Chicago Park of your choice.

Get Started

Complete the initial interest form below to get started. Please allow 48 hours for our Marathon Charity Coordinator to follow up. Additional questions? Email marathon@chicagoparksfoundation.org.

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Together we ran one of the most famous and beautiful marathons in the world. The city is beautiful and the parks are like the soul of the city. I’m proud to be running for the Chicago Parks Foundation!
— Valery Lupovka, 2017 Team ChiParks Runner from Moscow