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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

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.

2022 Charity Partners

Save The Children 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.


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 more than 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.

Run For Central America Logo

Run for Central America is an initiative of ENLACE. ENLACE (pronounced en-lay-say, the Spanish word for link) is a Central American community development organization with 26 years of experience helping church and civic leaders learn how to work together as a team and attack the fundamental problems that keep their communities trapped in the cycle of poverty. ENLACE coaches these local leaders in how to install clean water systems, provide loans to women starting small businesses, build schools and health clinics, construct homes for families and so much more.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Logo

The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to save lives through the prevention and cure of ovarian cancer and to improve quality of life for survivors and their caregivers. As a member of NOCC Team Teal, runners make a difference with their miles as they use the love of running to positively impact lives affected by this disease.

Camp One Step Logo

Camp One Step provides safe, fun, recreational programs for children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Team One Step runs to raise funds to help provide these programs free of charge to families. Join the team and you will receive a paid entry, coaching, training plans, fundraising assistance, and a supportive team. You’ll have an amazing experience and raise $500- enough to sponsor a child with cancer for a life-changing experience! You will be invited to virtually meet the very campers you are supporting.

American Cancer Society DetermiNation

5 Chicagoland Domestic Violence advocacy agencies have joined forces as a coalition and formed Run Domestic Violence Out of Town. By participating in this collaborative campaign, runners have the opportunity to raise both money for and awareness about Chicago-area domestic violence service providers, whose services range from housing assistance, counseling, advocacy, and legal support for survivors to violence prevention efforts and policy advocacy to improve conditions for survivors. Funds raised benefit The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence, Family Rescue, Arab American Family Services, Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, and Shalva.

American Cancer Society DetermiNation

Big Shoulders Fund provides support to schools with demonstrated need 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.

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.

LUNGevity Foundation Logo

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.

St. Dominic School Logo

The mission of St. Dominic School is to prepare our students for the future by providing a quality education rooted in the Catholic faith experience through the development of each individual student’s potential.

The mission of the St. Dominic School Home and School Association is to unite the home, the school, and the Church in their endeavors to provide education rooted in the Catholic faith experience.

By The Hand Club For Kids Logo

Helping children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have abundant life.

Esperanza Health Centers Logo

In 2004, residents of the low-income and primarily Latino neighborhood of Little Village joined with administrators from nearby Saint Anthony Hospital to address the critical lack of accessible health services on the Southwest Side.

Realizing that thousands of residents lacked quality medical services and relied on the emergency department for routine care, they decided to open a primary care clinic on South California Avenue and name it Esperanza the Spanish word for hope. Today, with five sites and a team of almost 300 dedicated staff, Esperanza is one of the most respected Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation, delivering accessible, bilingual care to more than 25,000 patients every year.

From adult medicine, women’s health and pediatrics to behavioral health services and wellness programs, Esperanza meets the needs of its community with innovation and a sterling commitment to quality. Esperanza today is recognized as a National Quality Leader by the Health Resources and Services Administration a designation that places us among the top 3% of health centers nationally and among the top two in Illinois.

Rohingya Culture Center Logo

The Rohingya Cultural Center is a community based social service organization aimed at serving the needs of the Rohingya refugee population in Chicago as well as raising awareness of the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

Family Reach Logo

Family Reach is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to removing the financial barriers standing between a cancer patient and their treatment. Loss of income, out-of-pocket expenses, and socioeconomic factors create disparities in the financial burdens families face. Family Reach delivers financial education, financial coaching, resource navigation, and emergency relief funds to patients and caregivers facing a cancer diagnosis so no family has to choose between their health and their home.

Project Purple Logo

Project Purple is an impact-driven organization with a vision of a world without pancreatic cancer. Our mission is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion.

To Write Love On Her Arms Logo

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

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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