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Founded in late 2007, Chicago Run provides over 18,000 children and youth with high-quality enriching physical activity programs. Chicago Run’s goal is to provide fun and engaging fitness programs regardless of age, gender, neighborhood, or athletic ability. Over the past 10 years, Chicago Run’s programs have expanded to serve the whole continuum of childhood from early childhood through teenagers, while staying true to the goals of improving health and wellness, focusing on Sports-Based Youth Development, bridging cultural and racial divides, and encouraging a lifetime of healthy habits.


The mission of Chicago Run is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.


The vision of Chicago Run is to enhance the health and well-being of every child in Chicago through running. 

Program Numbers

Chicago Run implements free physical activity programs in 60 sites (majority of which are Chicago Public Schools), serving over 18,000 students. 85% of our participants are from low income households. Chicago Run serves students in 36 diverse communities across Chicago representing the following populations:

57% Latino/Hispanic
26% African-American
9% Caucasian
6% Asian
2% Other

22% Diverse Learners

Click here for a list of our partner sites/schools.