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Charity Program


Welcome to the 2024 Life Time Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Charity Program. For over two decades, The Chicago Half Marathon & 5K has partnered with over 100 charities that support a wide range of causes that focus on improving healthcare, youth development, social services, and much more! Keep the tradition going and become a charity partner with us today by registering your group via the link at the bottom of this page. We look forward to seeing you all on the final Sunday in September.

In addition to the lives you will positively impact through your fundraising efforts, your group will also receive race perks to make your experience that much better! The first perk you and your athletes will receive is a discount of $10 off of your registration. After that, as your charity team grows, you will earn additional perks such as your own finish fest space, comp codes, and VIP access.

*Please see the below chart for more details.

Partnership Levels

Below are the different levels of charity partnership, each based on the number of athletes participating under your charity. Final roster counts to earn race accommodations will be made on August 30, 2024, or when the race reaches capacity, whichever happens first.

*Please note, if your group will have less than 10 registered athletes, we will still recognize your partnership on our website.

Finish Fest Space and Tent

When your charity accumulates 10 or more participants, you will receive a complimentary Finish Fest space with tent to act as your hangout destination pre and post-race.

*If you plan on providing your own tent, please communicate this with the event’s program manager.

**All tents will come with 1-6′ table and 2 chairs. If you require additional equipment or would like to alter the base offering, please reach out to the event’s program manager with your request. 

Comp. Codes

For every 25 participants that register under your charity, you will earn 1 fully comped discount code. This code can be distributed to anyone of your choosing (i.e. coaches, non-registered athletes, charity staff, etc.) Talk about an awesome perk!!

VIP Tickets

The amount of complimentary VIP tickets your group earns is determined by the final roster count made on September 4, 2023. (I.e. if your charity accumulates 45 participants, you will receive 1 VIP pass. However, if you’re able to recruit 5 more participants, you will receive 2 VIP passes.) These tickets can be provided to anyone affiliated with your group (i.e. staff member, coach, top fundraiser, etc.) – In the past, charities have also used these tickets as a fundraising incentive prize or a raffle prize at a fundraising event.

*Please note: You can still accumulate participants past the September 4th deadline. Your charity registration code is valid until September 23, 2023 or when the race reaches capacity.

Additional Equipment Needs

If your charity qualifies for a finish fest space and requires additional equipment, you MUST notify the program manager prior to September 8th. This is the deadline for equipment to be ordered. Any group that has not requested additional equipment by then will receive the standard equipment allocation. Please see the chart below for additional equipment costs.


The success of each race depends on thousands of volunteers. In this charity program, each charity partner is required to provide one (1) race weekend volunteers for every 10 charity participants per race.  

We look forward to a successful 2024 event with you! If you have any questions, please reach out to Jeremy Weitzman, Program Manager at

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