Charity running has become an integral part of the Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K. And now more than ever, they need our support. COVID-19 has meant little or no public fundraising activity for charities and NGOs around the globe and they are struggling to keep delivering services. Together we still have the power to make a difference. 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.

For more information regarding our charity program and how to register your organization, please visit the link below for more details.


MDA’s Team Momentum is honored to once again serve as the official charity partner of the 2021 Chicago Spring Virtual Half Marathon & 10K . While not in-person, #MDAteam will still be at the Chicago Spring Half & 10K virtually! To join MDA at the race, securing a FREE race entry and participate in MDA’s Movement Month, visit

MDA is committed to transforming the lives of individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases through innovations in science and innovations in care. As the largest and longest-established organization for people with neuromuscular diseases, MDA works tirelessly on behalf of the neuromuscular disease community. We’ve done so for 70 years.  MDA is on the frontline protecting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How can I join the team?
Interested in making your miles mean more? Join MDA Team Momentum for Movement Month in May and dedicate your miles to those living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. When you join MDA’s Movement Month, you’ll have the opportunity to raise funds for MDA and receive an entry into the 2021 Virtual Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10k. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn MDA swag including a facemask, Goodr sunglasses, and more.

How can I donate?
All registrants for the 2021 Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10k Virtual 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!

The first 5 people to donate $250 or more will score a pair of MDA branded Goodr sunglasses.

Join our fight in saving the lives of those affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. To learn more about the program, email


The Life Time Foundation is committed to helping children grow up strong, smart and loved.  We believe for children to reach their full potential they must have access to nourishing meals. We collaborate with our country’s school food professionals to keep highly-processed food out of meals, while increasing the amount of fresh and simply prepared foods.  To date we have partnered with 27 school districts across the country, helping increase healthier food access for 1.7 million students in 3,554 schools.  In the current school year 2020-2021, we’re poised to impact over 256 million meals in one school year alone!

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Life Time Foundation


Youth for Christ

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Join Youth for Christ-Chicago/NW Indiana for our annual Mission in Motion. Partnering with the Chicago Spring Half Marathon/10K, our goal is to raise funds for the ongoing mission of Youth for Christ. Whether you choose to run the half marathon or walk the 10K, you will get to enjoy a scenic run along Columbus Drive with sweeping views of Chicago’s famed skyline and Lake Michigan.

More importantly, you have the opportunity to help change the lives of teens all over Chicagoland, the Kankakee area, and Northwest Indiana. By participating in this event, whether as a fundraiser, runner, or corporate sponsor, your support will directly impact our ability to reach kids with the life-changing message of the Gospel.

So join us for and make an even greater impact in the lives of teens!

Bright Pink

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As many as 20% of women in the U.S. are at an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancer, but most don’t know it. Enter Bright Pink: we’re a national nonprofit on a mission to save lives by empowering women to know their risk and manage their health proactively. Athletes of all fitness levels are welcome! Training is provided. Please email for more information.

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin

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Camp Ramah is 150 acres of magical space, tucked away in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. In this space, campers and staff members from around the Midwest and Israel join together each summer to create an exceptional Jewish community.

Founded in 1947, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin builds Jewish lives and Jewish leaders through:

the cultivation of lasting friendships and relationships;
holistic Jewish living that translates our rich cultural and religious history into a compelling contemporary reality; and
the experiential fun of an immersive summer camp setting.
Campers feel like Ramah is their second home, a place where they have fun, learn new skills, gain independence and build lifelong friendships.

Namaste Charter School

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Namaste Charter School promotes curiosity and lifelong student success by implementing and sharing a holistic educational model. We combine health and wellness with academic rigor in a safe and inclusive environment.

Inner City Impact

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We work with children and teens in urban neighborhoods where the challenges of daily life severely affect their ability to pursue healthy and happy childhoods. We develop programs where kids can feel safe, be engaged in wholesome activities, build healthy relationships, expand their self-worth, and develop the life skills they need to move confidently toward a better future.

Back on My Feet

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Back on My Feet, a national organization operating in 13 major cities across the US, combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

Back on My Feet recruits individuals at homeless or addiction and treatment facilities around the country. These individuals – known as members – commit to run three early mornings a week. Goals are set and achieved with one mile becoming two, two becoming three and so on, and after 30 days with 90%, their first milestone: they earn the opportunity to move into Next Steps.

In Next Steps, members work with Back on My Feet program staff to develop a personal road map to independence. Each member attends financial literacy classes and job skills training provided through partnerships with our corporate partners. Members can earn financial aid to remove barriers to employment and housing such as work supplies, transportation and security deposits. Members who achieve employment and housing become Alumni Members.

Trilogy, Inc.

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We’re a diverse team of dynamic individuals who celebrate the possibility of recovery in anyone who has a mental illness – we believe recovery is possible! Our mission is to support people in their recovery from mental illness by helping them discover and reclaim their capabilities, life direction and well-being. We envision the delivery of integrated behavioral healthcare that is focused, culturally competent, trauma-informed, evidence-based and designed to achieve optimal outcomes.

After School Matters

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After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to nearly 19,000 Chicago high school teens each year.

TEAM After School Matters will be an experience that expands beyond crossing the finish line. You will be part of a network of individuals dedicated to raising funds for the future of Chicago – our teens.

3 Little Birds 4 Life

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3 Little Birds 4 Life strives to empower adult cancer patients through wishes and support.

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.

Project Purple

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Project Purple is an impact-driven organization with a vision of a world without pancreatic cancer. Our mission is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion.

Erie Family Health Centers

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Erie Family Health Centers provides high quality medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to all in need, regardless of ability to pay. Motivated by the belief that healthcare is a human right, we provide high quality affordable care to support healthier people, families, and communities. Erie delivers holistic care to help every member of the family stay healthy and active from infancy through adulthood.

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

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Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE’s mission is to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research. Since its inception in 1998, CURE has raised more than $60 million to fund epilepsy research and other initiatives that will lead the way to cures for the epilepsies.

CURE awards grants for novel research projects to prevent epilepsy related to post-traumatic epilepsy, advancing the search for a cure, eliminating treatment side effects, and reversing deficits caused by frequent seizures. CURE funds grants for young and established investigators and to date has awarded more than 230 cutting-edge projects in 15 countries around the world.

Association House of Chicago

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For over 120 continuous years, Association House has been defined by being both responsive and able. Responsive to the issues that affect some of the most vulnerable Chicagoans. Able to listen to those vulnerable persons and to create and sustain tried-and-true approaches to improve their quality of life. It is in our blood to connect with our community and address their immediate needs and long-term goals – and promote their health & wellness and create opportunities for their educational and economic advancement for the 5,000 children and families we serve. That is our mission. And, we have been doing it – reliably – for well over a century.

Cellmates on the Run

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Cellmates on the Run is a running team that brings individuals together to achieve a common goal: Running islet “cell” mate!cure diabetes. When you join the official running team of the Chicago Diabetes Project you’ll be raising money to advance diabetes research and a functional cure through islet cell transplants. Together, every mile brings us closer to a functional cure for diabetes. To date we have raised over $1 million to fund life-changing diabetes research. Will you choose to challenge yourself and help outrun diabetes? Please join us. With your help, we’ll be 26.2 miles closer to a cure.

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

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The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois works closely with community leaders, healthcare professionals, and civic-minded corporate partners to improve the lives of patients and families affected by kidney disease.

No organization supports kidney disease patients like we do. We provide patients access to resources and information, host numerous educational events, support innovate research, advocate for improvements in healthcare policy, and provide free kidney health screenings all across the state of Illinois.

Street Samaritans

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Street Samaritans is a 501(c)3 approved, Chicago based nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless population in the Chicagoland area. We provide grassroots outreach and human connection to engage and uplift our homeless brothers and sisters. Additionally we provide living essentials, clothing, and access to transitional programs to support alleviation of homelessness.

Prospective Partners

Interested in becoming a charity partner in 2021? We’re glad to hear it. As of right now our team is in the process of updating all of our programs so we should have new information on how to register your organization soon.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please contact Jeremy Weitzman at