While we hope that everyone who applied for an entry received one, the reality is that the race receives hundreds of thousands of applications and only a fraction of that are chosen, leaving thousands hopeless or trying their next year.
If your name wasn’t selected, that doesn't mean you’re total out of luck.
Running for an official marathon partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon guarantees an entry into the race as well as makes the experience more meaningful by running on behalf of a charity.
In 2016 alone, charity teams raised 16.9 million dollars.
The list of charities below guarantee entry into the race and are still looking for team members.
Not only do you get guaranteed entry, you also get professional training through Chicago Endurance Sports and some of them even waive your training fee. You just have to worry about raising money for a good cause. Take a look at the list of charities below and check out what they do and read their quick pitch.
Already have an entry and what to make your marathon change the lives of others? You can still join one of the below charity teams or look through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon's list of over 150 charitable partners.
What They Do: Imerman Angels is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Participating in the Chicago Marathon with Team Imerman Angels is your opportunity to be the difference for anyone seeking cancer support. In 2016, Team Imerman Angels participants raised over $320,000 and created nearly 900 connections between those impacted by cancer and a Mentor Angel.
What They Have To Say: It's not too late to join Team Imerman Angels and do the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. You'll receive great amenities including having your $195 entry fee covered, as well as your training through Chicago Endurance Sports ($250 value), Race Day VIP Hospitality at the Congress Hotel and the ability to make a profound difference in the lives of those facing cancer.
Sign up: http://teamimermanangels.com/
What They Do: Since 1887, Mercy Home has been a solution for kids in crisis. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls offers kids a real home. A place where they can grow into successful men and women who will one day create loving homes for their own families. As a Catholic children’s charity based in Chicago, we’re dedicated to changing the future for the boys and girls, ages of 9-21, who turn to us for help in their most critical hour.
What They Have To Say: "Get a Hero’s welcome at Mile 16, and at our VIP Hero HQ, from the kids and staff at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls when you run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with us. The Mercy Home Heroes Believe no distance is too far to save a child. Check out Kara’s reasons for being a regular Mercy Home Hero."
This month we are @fleetfeetchgo's charity of the month! Stop by your local Fleet Feet store to learn about our #MercyHomeHeroes program and drop your business card at checkout for the chance to win a $150 Fleet Feet gift card. Secure your entry for the @chimarathon today and get $5 off your Heroes registration with code: FLEET
What They Do: The Big Shoulders Fund was founded by a group of business and civic leaders in 1986 to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. For more than twenty-eight years, the Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children in need achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education.
What They Have To Say: Now in its sixth year, the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team is set out to break records (we’re talking personal bests) and change children’s lives.
What They Do: The American Cancer Society DetermiNation team will give you do the opportunity to dedicate your participation in a half-marathon, marathon, or triathlon to the fight against cancer. With access to professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way, the American Cancer Society will help you cross the finish line of your race. Your personal race victory will change your life, but the finish line will be just the beginning. Because your triumph also means a triumph over cancer - where every step you take and every mile you conquer will create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
What They Have to Say: "Join the American Cancer Society and our 500+ person Team DetermiNation for the 2018 Chicago Marathon before we sell out in May! Our participants receive several benefits including FREE training, fundraising support, DetermiNation gear, and VIP benefits on race weekend including our race day VIP Village and team dinner. You can use the discount code RUNDN2018 to save $25 on the DetermiNation registration fee. With questions, please contact Determinationil@cancer.org"
Wow! We're so excited to welcome many new team members to our 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon team! Thank you for helping us lead the fight for a world without cancer. Team DetermiNation still has entries available but don't delay as we have a limited number. Make your miles more meaningful today! To join our team or get more info, visit: http://bit.ly/2A9wsK6 . . . . . #ildnation #irundnation #worldmajormarathon #determination #marathon #runners #running ##teamdetermination #cancersucks #ACS #runningwithpurpose #chimarathon #chicagomarathon #runchi #chimarathon2018 #chicagomarathon2018 #areyouready
PAWS Chicago is currently our Charity of the Month for May. mission to build No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – that respect and value the life of every cat and dog.
Join TEAM PAWS Chicago for guaranteed entry into this year’s
Chicago Marathon and help save the lives of homeless animals! One of
the largest charity groups in the Chicago Marathon, we offer
fundraising tools and support, gear for you and your supporters, pre and
post race day party, and dog-friendly social events.
Missed your chance to get into @chimarathon through the lottery? You can still run this iconic race! Sign up for a charity entry with TEAM PAWS Chicago and you’re good to go. Registration link in bio. . . . #charityrunner #teampawschicago #pawschicago #committopaws #reasontorun #charitymiles #marathon #marathoner #marathonrunner #chicagomarathon #mychicagomarathon #runchi #runchicago