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Run for a cause

Charity running has become an integral part of the Byline Bank 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.

Official and Supporting level partners have exclusive access to post close half marathon entries.



Good news! Even though the race is officially sold-out, our Official Charity Partner, The Muscular Dystrophy Association Team Momentum has guaranteed entries available! Not only will you receive a spot on their team, you will receive VIP race weekend amenities, experience their impactful inspiration lunch the day before race day and be cheered on throughout the race course by their families and supporters! Join our fight in saving the lives of those affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases.

To learn more about the program, contact Nora Capocci at 312-260-5984 or ncapocci@mdausa.org. Register today at: http://www.mdateammomentum.org/2019chispringhalf

One of our greatest priorities here at Life Time is giving back to the local communities that make our events possible. Our 2019 Official Charity Partner, 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.

MDA is fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. Please consider making a donation to MDA or joining their running/walking team today. For more information about the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Team Momentum please visit MDATeam.org.

How can I join the team?
Interested in making your miles mean more? Join MDA Team Momentum! When you join Team Momentum, you dedicate your miles, muscles and personal finish line to freeing families from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases that take away everyday freedoms like walking, running, hugging and even breathing.

Team Momentum participants fundraise on behalf of MDA and the families that they serve and receive coach supported training, team gear, race entry, personal fundraising webpage and fundraising guidance, a community of support and camaraderie with Mentors and teammates, VIP event weekend amenities including an Inspiration Dinner, private pre-and post-race space with private gear check and bathrooms and on-course support. And of course, motivation from knowing that you’re moving your muscles to strengthen the muscles of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy. Questions? Reach out to Chelsea at CSteed@mdausa.org.

How can I donate?
All registrants for the 2019 Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10k have the option of including a monetary donation to MDA 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!


Life Time Foundation


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The Life Time Foundation’s mission is to help children live a healthy, happy life.

We partner with school districts to provide financial support in the form of grants that are customized for every school. Each grant is unique to fit the needs of each district for capital equipment, education and marketing to help schools eliminate highly processed, unhealthy foods from school meals – what we call the Harmful 7 :

  • Trans Fats & Hydrogenated Oils
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Hormones & Antibiotics
  • Processed & Artificial Sweeteners
  • Artificial Colors & Flavors
  • Artificial Preservatives
  • Bleached Flour

To join our team, visit the website or contact Maddie Augustin at maugustin@ltfoundation.org or 507-276-1547.

Life Time Foundation


National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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The vision of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a World Free of MS. Our mission is that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Finish MS is an opportunity for cause-driven athletes to push their own personal limits and challenge themselves physically, while working to create a world free of MS. Bring your athletic fundraising vision to life and make an impact for those affected by MS. Show the world your passion.

Email Shannon.Feeney@nmss.org for more information!

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.

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.



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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.


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.

Namaste Charter School

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Namaste Charter School serves 485 Kindergarten – 8th grade students each year with innovative holistic programs including a strong commitment to health and wellness, a Dual Language Spanish immersion model, and attention to students’ social-emotional and mental well-being.

Canine Companions for Independence

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Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Inner City Impact

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We serve in communities where the status quo is unacceptable and combat the needs of the community by empowering kids to rethink their worldviews, re-imagine their self-worth, rewrite their futures and receive God’s love.

Youth for Christ

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YFC combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools and communities. Through Campus Life, City Life, and Juvenile Justice Ministry, YFC seeks to engage these young people wherever they are found as lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

Lupus Society of Illinois

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LSI promotes lupus awareness and complements the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research. With the help of informed volunteers, lupus medical experts, and committed and caring supporters, we support research and conduct education programs so everyone affected by lupus can have an improved quality of life; provide information to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease; and conduct activities to increase awareness of lupus, rally public support for those who are affected by lupus, and advocate on their behalf.


Interested in becoming a charity partner in 2019? Check out the resources below:

> 2019 Charity Program

> Charity Application

For additional information, please contact David Rosenbrock at drosenbrock@lt.life.