Chicago Run has several ways that you can make a difference and get involved - from single day volunteer events to training for a marathon on behalf of our programs and students.

Spring & Fall Fun Runs

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Volunteer Capacity:  1 - 150

Upcoming Dates: 
Spring Fun Run
Saturday, June 1, 2019
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Washington Park

Our 1 Mile Fun Runs are celebratory events held twice a year that showcase the hard work of our 18,000 Chicago Run children and youth and their commitment to health and wellness. Chicago Run provides these events free of charge to all of our students and their family members in the fall and spring. Fun Runs typically attract over 4,000 participants from across the city.  This is the perfect opportunity to witness the powerful impact Chicago Run has on Chicago children and youth.  Volunteers help hand out healthy snacks, water, and finisher ribbons and most importantly, cheer on our students.  This is a great team-building opportunity for companies.

Running Buddy or Cheerleader


Volunteer Group Capacity:  10-20

Upcoming Dates: 
St. Paddy’s Day 5k
Saturday, March 16, 2019
9am - 10am
Lincoln Park

Be a running buddy or cheerleader for our Running Mates students at a local 5k/ 4 mile race and support them all the way to the Finish Line. Running Mates is an after-school program for 6-12th grade students. Volunteering at one of these races is a great way to support our runners whether you're pacing or cheering them on along  the course!

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Board Capacity: 25-30 Members per year

Commitment: 2 years of service

The Chicago Run Next Generation Board is comprised of passionate and talented individuals who share their time and skills to help the organization reach its goals.­ Individuals commit to a one year term of service which includes a minimum of attendance at 75% of quarterly meetings and 3 events annually, $50 membership dues, and a $100 personal fundraising goal. The junior board is responsible for planning a minimum of one fundraising event per year, volunteering at Chicago Run Fun Run events, recruiting other volunteers and sponsors, and helping solicit silent auction items for the Spring Fundraiser.


Join Team Chicago Run
for the 2019
Bank of America
Chicago Marathon!

Join our Charity Marathon Team and add meaning to every mile you run at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!  Chicago Run provides each runner with a customized training program for all experience levels.  Other benefits include a race singlet, running partners, team outings, race day amenities (including gear check & cheer stations on the course), individual fundraising pages and inspiration and gratitude from the children in the Chicago Run programs!