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: 
Fall Fun Run
Saturday, October 26, 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: 
Pumpkins in the Park 5k
Saturday, October 26, 2019
4pm - 6pm
Lincoln Park

Be a running buddy or cheerleader for our Running Mates participants at this local 5k mile race and support them all the way to the Finish Line. Volunteering at one of these races is a great way to support our runners whether you're running with them 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 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!