Welcome to the 2021 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 comped codes for coaches or athletes, social media highlights, VIP Area Access, and much more.
*Please see the below chart for more details.
Below are the different levels of charity partnership, each based on the number of athletes participating under your charity.
*Please note, if your group will have less than 10 athletes registered, we will still recognize your charity’s partnership on our website.
For every 20 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, top fundraiser, etc.) Talk about an awesome perk!!
Social Media Plugs
As a bonus for your participation, your charity will be highlighted on our social media platforms. These highlights can cover your charity’s mission, your fundraising goals, an athlete shout out, etc.
Finish Fest Tent
When your charity accumulates 20 or more participants, you will receive a complimentary Finish Fest space with tent to act as your hangout destination post race.
If your charity requires additional equipment at the finish fest, please reach out to learn what discounts on equipment we can provide.
Having a space at our expo is optional. You are not obligated to participate as a vendor but we do encourage you and your group to come check it out.
Your charity will earn complimentary access to the VIP Area when 50 participants register under your charity. 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 they also used them as a raffle to fundraise.
Goody Bag Inserts
Raise the awareness of your charity’s mission and cause by reaching the thousands of athletes that participate on race day. In the past, charities have inserted an info card or items that help promote their organization.