Run for a cause

Charity running has become an integral part of the Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K, and we want to continue to your programs and the causes they support. Training for a half marathon is a challenge, and finding the right motivation is a great way to keep it fun and help athletes stay committed.

2017 OFFICIAL CHARITY: MDA Team Momentum

2016 MDA Team MomentumOne of our greatest priorities here at Life Time is giving back to the local communities that make our events possible. Our 2017 Official Charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), will be accepting valuable donations from our participants through online and in-person registration for the race. In addition, we are excited to partner with  MDA Team Momentum as our Official Charity Training Partner.

Fuel the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and other life threatening diseases and help support the 1 million Americans living with muscle disease. Please consider making a donation to MDA today. For more information about the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Team Momentum please visit us at

How can I join the team?
Interested in fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association? Join the Official Charity Training Program, Team Momentum. MDA Team Momentum is a powerful and inspiring program that empowers ordinary people to do extraordinary things to save and improve lives of people fighting muscle disease. Join MDA Team Momentum to receive guaranteed race entry, (depending on your fundraising level, MDA will also offer to pay for your race entry) world class coach-led training, team events and camaraderie, fundraising tools and most importantly, the opportunity to dedicate your participation to the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and other life threatening diseases!

How can I donate?
All registrants for the 2017 Chicago Spring Half Marathon have the option of including a monetary donation in addition to the sign-up fee. Just check the appropriate denomination box on your online registration form and include the desired amount in your payment. Donations of $5, $10, $25 and $50 may be included with your event registration fee. It’s just that easy!


Interested in becoming a charity partner in 2017? Check out the resources below:

> 2017 Charity Program
> Pre-event Application

For additional information, please contact David Rosenbrock at

American Cancer Society – DetermiNation

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DetermiNation is a group of walkers and runners who are committed to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays! We raise money for the American Cancer Society, the only organization to find ALL cancers on every front in every community.

Our participants receive many benefits for the Chicago Half Marathon including FREE race entry, DetermiNation gear, and fundraising support!

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Back on My Feet

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Back on My Feet (BoMF) combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. Our success  is measured by how many individuals cross the finish line of education, employment, and housing.

Debbie’s Dream Foundation

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Debbie’s Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research and providing education and support internationally to patients, families and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.

The DDF Dream Team (what we call our running team) are very special as they promote a healthy lifestyle, essential to any cancer patient, therefore we try to participate in any race/run we can and have a very dedicated team of runners who travel across the Country to run in all of the races they can

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois


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There are 1.1 million people living with kidney disease in Illinois and most do not know it. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease throuh prevention, education and empowerment. Team Kidney is a group of dedicated supporters and fundraisers and today we ask YOU to join us!

Sign up to raise lifesaving funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois!

LUNGevity Foundation

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Team LUNGevity is a group of motivated, dedicated and passionate athletes who compete in races of all distances! Run, walk, ride, swim., complete a triathlon or complete in an adventure race while raising funds for lung cancer research. LUNGevity is the nation’s leading cancer-focused non-profit. We are changing outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education and support.



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DKMS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. We create awareness by recruiting bone marrow donors to provide a second chance at life, raising funds to match donor registration costs, supporting the improvement of therapies through research and supporting patients throughout their entire diagnoses.

We Delete Blood Cancer.


Surge for Water

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Surge invests in communities through safe water and sanitation solutions to help end the cycle of poverty. We envision a world where every person has safe water and sanitation access.


Illinois Spina Bifida Association

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Our Racing Team supports the Illinois Spina Bifida Association; a community-based, statewide charity serving children, adults and families living with spina bifida, one of the most common, permanently-disabling birth defects in the United States.