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Chicago Run is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the physical fitness and social and emotional well-being of Chicago children and youth. Chicago Run programs began in schools with the goal of impacting the entire school health environment in a holistic and collaborative manner by engaging students, families, teachers, and school staff. From elementary school-day programs, Chicago Runā€™s programs have now 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 57 sites (majority of which are Chicago Public Schools), serving over 18,000 students. Over 80% 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

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