Chicago Marathon FAQs
What is the Advocate Health Care charity running team?
The charity running team provides an opportunity for runners to merge passion with a purpose—bettering yourself while also bettering the lives of those in need. The Advocate Health Care charity running team is comprised of employees, patients, corporate partners, community members and those who are passionate about health care.

Who can participate?
Anyone can participate! Our team is comprised of Advocate Health Care employees, patients and those who are passionate about health care. We have members join from all over the country and internationally. We encourage you to check with your doctor to make sure you are physically able to participate in an endurance event before signing up.

Registration
How much does it cost to join the Advocate Health Care Chicago Marathon charity running team?
There is no cost to join the team as Advocate Health Care covers the $195 registration fee. When you join the team you will be committed to meet a fundraising minimum determined by your registration date in accordance with the Bank of America
Chicago Marathon regulations. 

Where do I sign up for the charity running team?
Under Get Involved please select the option to Sign Up. Here you will be able to choose to register as an individual, form a team, or join a team.

What is the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon website?
You can find out more information regarding the Chicago Marathon on the official website. All team members will be sent a custom link to use to register for the race once they become a member of the Advocate Health Care charity running team. 

Fundraising
What is the minimum fundraising amount and what is the deadline to turn in pledges?
  • Runners who join our team and need a spot for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon before the lottery drawing: $1,000 
  • Runners who join our team post-lottery drawing and need a spot for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon: $1,500
  • Runners who join our team at any time and secured their own spot for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon either through the lottery, legacy runner, time qualifier: $1,000 ($195 fundraising credit will be applied)
Other deadlines have been set to keep runners on track with fundraising:
  • June 1 - 25 percent of your fundraising minimum (suggested deadline)
  • August 1 - 50 percent of your fundraising minimum (suggested deadline)
  • Septempter 20 - 100 percent of your fundraising minimum (firm deadline)

What happens if I do not reach my minimum fundraising goal by September 20?
If your minimum fundraising amount is not received on or before September 20, 2018, the result will be your bib being "pulled" from the event, therefore not allowing you to participate until the amount is paid in full. 

What happens with the money I raise as an charity running team member?
Funds raised through the charity running team go directly to the program the runner selects. These programs use the funds to expand access to care, enhance our patients’ experience, enable innovation and improve health outcomes. 

How can my supporters make a donation?
The fastest and easiest way for your supporters to make a donation on your behalf is to refer them to the personal fundraising page you create on this website. If they prefer, they can write a check to Advocate Charitable Foundation with your name on the memo line and mail it to:

Advocate Charitable Foundation
Attn: Chicago Marathon
3075 Highland Parkway
Suite 600
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Are donations made on my behalf tax deductible? Will my contributors receive a gift receipt?
Yes, all donations in which no goods or services are received are 100 percent tax deductible. Donors will receive an emailed gift receipt and acknowledgement letter. 

What online fundraising tools are available to charity running team members?
After team members create a personal fundraising page, they will gain access to free online tools and tips to help them reach and exceed their fundraising goals. This includes sample e-mail templates, social media posts and images and general fundraising ideas. Visit the Fundraising Tips page for all your fundraising resources.

How can I find out if my company offers a matching gift?
First, check with your human resources department to see if your company has a matching gift program. If so, be sure to clarify any restrictions. Make sure that they match for health organizations. Fill out your company's matching gift from and send it to the Advocate Charitable Foundation with your donation. You can also search a list of companies that already match gifts to the Advocate Charitable Foundation. Ask your donors to check with their employers to see if they can get their gifts matched as well!

How can I check my personal fundraising totals?
Log in to the Participant Center at any time to track your fundraising progress. When a donation is made online, it is processed automatically and added to your fundraising total. You can enter offline donations in your participant center.

Race Day Details
When is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

When will I receive my charity running team Chicago Marathon shirt or singlet?
Runners will have their shirt or singlet mailed to them before training begins.

When can I pick up my bib number and packet?
All packets must be picked up in-person by the runner during the Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo (Friday, October 5, 2018 or Saturday, October 6, 2018) at McCormick Place. Everyone is required to pick up their own bibs for safety and security reasons. If you are a runner who has failed to reach your fundraising minimum by the Expo, your bib will be held at the Advocate Health Care booth.

Does the Advocate Health Care charity running team host a tent on race day?
Yes! Our tent is located near the start corrals and offers an area for private gear check and pre-race refreshments. This is a great place for your friends and family to meet you post-race.

Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact Angela David, acf-charityteam@advocatehealth.com or 630.929.6921.