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Charity Program

Charity running has become an integral part of the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon, and we want to continue supporting your programs and the causes they focus on improving. Training for a half marathon is a challenge, and finding the right motivation is a great way to keep it fun and help athletes stay committed.

Prospective Charity Partners

Applications for the 2022 HOKA Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Charity Program are now available. We appreciate all of the charities that will be a part of race weekend and look forward to adding new and returning organizations to next year’s race.

2021 Charity Partners

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Logo

Save the Children is an international children’s relief organization that has been helping children in the U.S. and around the world for 100 years. When you join our team, you receive a guaranteed entry into the Chicago Triathlon, great team swag, an invitation to our race weekend breakfast, special race experiences, and more! By fundraising with us, you are helping to provide children with what they deserve – a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. Join us and create ripples of change for children everywhere.

With your help, we will ensure:

  • No child dies from preventable causes
  • All children learn from a quality basic education
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated
BreakThrough Logo

The Life Time Foundation partners with schools around the country to eliminate processed and artificial ingredients from lunches. Their mission to create healthier future generations for years to come is brought to life through donations, which go directly to the schools.

By fundraising $500 you will receive free race entry to the 2020 Hoka One One Chicago Half Marathon or 5K, New Balance Performance Tank, Life Time Foundation gear, a personal fundraising page with fundraising support and a full heart for giving children a healthier future.

Chicago Run Logo

Chicago Run empowers young people from Pre-K through high school with equitable access to inclusive running and physical activity programs. Through the power of sport, we build resilience to stress and trauma and develop social and emotional skills.

As Team Chicago Run members cross the finish line, they’re also supporting Chicago youth in crossing their own. Chicago Run empowers Team Chicago Run athletes with training supports, celebratory events, and fundraising made easy.

Run For Central America Logo

Run For Central America is the charity running team of ENLACE, a non-profit working in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Our mission is to equip church and government leaders to work together to end poverty in their communities. Extreme hunger has quadrupled in Central America during the past two years, and all of our efforts right now are focused on direct food aid, agriculture, small business development and water programs.


RUN PROUD with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), endurance training charity program benefiting AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). T2 offers world class training programs for multiple endurance events. T2 is about the journey and the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable. For 35 years, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) has led the fight to create health equity and justice for people living with and disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS.

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We serve to build a community for children and families who have been impacted by autism. Our team offers a range of life-changing resources for families, including diagnostic evaluations to test for autism, access to high-quality therapeutic services, grants and scholarships for services, and community events. Our goal is to support these families during the critical years of early childhood development and help children achieve their full potential through the highest quality services.

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By participating in this collaborative campaign, runners have the opportunity to raise both money and awareness for Chicago area domestic violence service providers, whose services span the greater metropolitan area. Chicago’s Run DV Out of Town benefits The Network: Advocating Against DV, Family Rescue, Arab American Family Services, Connections for Abused Women & Children, Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, and Shalva.

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Big Shoulders Fund provides support to inner-city schools which provide a quality, values-based education for Chicago’s children. Big Shoulders Fund is unique in that our administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income. 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.

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Logo

NOCC is a national non-profit that focuses on raising awareness of and fundraising for women with ovarian cancer and their caregivers.

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Logo

Camp One Step by Children’s Oncology Services provides free, recreational camps and programs to children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

American Cancer Society DetermiNation

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a nonprofit organization that brings the MS movement together—and turns our power and passion into real results. What began with one woman’s vision and commitment is today a 50-state network leading a global charge to create a world free of MS. MS was neglected and poorly understood when the Society was started in 1946. But together, as a movement, we’ve reshaped life with MS. Our mission is to cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives. With nearly one million people living with MS in the United States, more than twice the original estimate, solutions for MS are now twice as important. The Finish MS team provides cause-driven athletes the opportunity to push their own personal limits and challenge themselves physically, while working to create a world free of MS. Joining the Finish MS team not only enhances your overall event experience but provides all-encompassing Society staff support starting the moment you register. We’re in this together—and the next chapter of the MS movement is ours to write. Together, we will create a world free of MS.

American Cancer Society DetermiNation

LUNGevity Foundation is the nation’s leading lung cancer organization focused on improving outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education and support for patients, survivors and caregivers, and policy initiatives.

Special Olympics Chicago Logo

The mission of Special Children’s Charities, the fundraising arm of Special Olympics Chicago, is to provide year-round athletic sports training and athletic competition for children and adults in Chicago with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Achilles International - Chicago

Achilles International was established to encourage people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics. Achilles has become an international organization that provides support, training, and technical expertise to people at all levels.

Fundraising Made Easy

There are a number of creative and functional ways you can make the fundraising effort tremendously successful for your charity. The most common and effective way is by setting up a fundraising pledge program where runners collect pledges and donations based on the completion of their race. As the charity, you would obtain the race entry on behalf of the individual (at a certain value), and the individual in turn raises a minimum of “X dollars” for your charity to be able to earn that entry to the half marathon.

As an example, charities tend to ask for pledges ranging from a minimum of $200 up to $3,000. Depending on the minimum pledge, charities create packages that include travel arrangements (hotels, airfare, etc.), shirts, pre and post race meals, and training/coaching programs. Each charity has the option to develop a program according to your goals, resources and expected participants. We can help provide you with ideas and opportunities, but the implementation and collection of the fundraising program is up to the charity and its participants.

How do runners find out that a charity is affiliated with the Chicago Half Marathon?
Recruiting participants to fundraise is generally done through your communication channels and database of contacts. However, we will promote your charity through our website and direct interested runners to research our partner charities or those who support causes which they may have a specific interest in.


The Chicago Half Marathon is the only race in Chicago that gets to close down Lake Shore Drive completely between 67th Street and 31st Street. It is one of the coolest things to be able to run on one of the nation’s most famous and scenic roads. By having the road completely closed it makes for a very safe race with no traffic buzzing by participants. With this comes a price as all participants must maintain a 16-minute mile pace. This pace goes into effect as soon as the last participant crosses the start line which takes about 20 minutes.

For any charity participant that can’t maintain the 16-minute pace, they will be guided onto the lakefront path in five different locations along Lake Shore Drive. The path will be completely supported with aid stations including water, restrooms, mile markers, medical personnel and course marshals directing the participants. The finish line will remain open for those on the path until 11:30 a.m. We hope you will be able to train your participants to a 16-minute pace, but for those who just can’t do it they have an option. Please make sure all your participants are fully aware of the pace and the rules.

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