Chicago Marathon charity entries still available

Want to run the sold-out Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Run for charity. Photo: Bank of America Chicago Marathon—Nam Y. Huh/AP

NEW YORK, May 9, 2013 — The 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13 may be sold-out, but runners who want to participate in the U.S.’s second largest 26.2-mile race can still get a spot through one of the event’s charity partners.

Since 2002, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Program has raised over $85 million for local, national and global causes. In 2011 alone, runners brought in $13.4 million for the race’s charity partners. In 2012, 37,475 runners finished the Chicago Marathon. Over 10,000 of them ran for one of the race’s 160 charities.

Many of the 2013 charity partners still have entries available. Participants who register to run for charity agree to raise a set amount of money for their chosen group in exchange for a guaranteed entry into the race. Fundraising amounts differ from charity to charity but most ask runners to raise in the range of $750 to $1,300.

In addition to an entry into the race, some charities offer training programs, coaching, group runs, team uniforms, pre-race pasta parties, access to a special Charity Village hospitality area on race day and more.

Runners must register for the race via their charity of choice. For a complete list of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon’s participating charities visit

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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