The American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region is accepting entries for runners to join the organization’s official race team, Team Red Cross, in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this fall. Register at http://www.redcross.org/il/chicago/local-programs/team-red-cross/chicago-marathon or 312-729-6388. Last day for registration is Sept. 15.
The Red Cross provides registration to the Chicago Marathon for runners from around the world. Team members pledge to raise at least $1,500 to support the organization’s humanitarian programs and services. Members receive:
• Guaranteed race entry to the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
• Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) Marathon Training and Membership
• Race weekend banquet and race day benefits
• Customizable online fundraising page.
Team Red Cross member Rose Suehr, 25, of Michigan has been training since March for her first big race. As a nurse, Suehr sees the lifesaving work of the Red Cross Blood Services program and was inspired to join the organization’s team.
“I give a lot of blood to patients and no matter what type they need, the Red Cross always delivers it very quickly,” she said.
Suehr also likes the Patient Connection family reunification service the Red Cross provides on race day to locate runners if injured on the course or hospitalized. The program has been a key component of the Chicago Marathon’s safety plan since 2008.
“If anything were to happen, it is nice to know that the support of the Red Cross is there,” she said.
General registration for the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12 closed in April, but openings are still available until Sept. 15 through several non-profit organizations like the Red Cross.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.