The 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon sold out in record time this year when 45,000 participants signed up in only six days. For those who still want to sign up for this 35th anniversary event, more than 90 affiliated nonprofits have entries for the race.
One charity that runners can participate through is the Special Olympics, which has no cost to join their running team, but participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1000.
Benefits for joining the Special Olympics marathon team include waiving the $150 Marathon fee, free training program with Chicago Endurance Sports, a tech training shirt, free race day parking for the top 25 fundraisers, indoor preparation facilities on the race day at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, free pre-race continental breakfast, free post-race beverages and massage at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant and a free trip to the Las Vegas Marathon/Half Marathon for the top fundraiser.
Other charities in the Chicago Marathon Charity Program include Team to End AIDS, The Anti-Cruelty Society, LIVESTRONG, Marathon the for the Cure, The Chicago Diabetes Project, American Red Cross, American Heart Association and more. Participants can choose which charity is most meaningful to them and run the race through that charity, raising funds and awareness through the marathon.