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 chicagomarathon.com.
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 RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.
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