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Charity Program

Charity running has become an integral part of the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon & 5K, 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

The 2023 HOKA Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Charity Program application is available now. Please visit the link below for more information about the program and how to join.

We appreciate all of the charities that will be a part of race weekend and look forward to adding new and returning organizations to this amazing race.

2023 Charity Partners

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.

16-MINUTE PACE REQUIREMENT

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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