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Join our Marathon Team

Registration for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon closed in record time this year, but entries can still be obtained by signing up with the Chicago Red Cross, Run Red charity team. Run Red team members have the opportunity to train for a world-class running event while simultaneously raising funds to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.

To register or for more information call (312) 729-6271 or e-mail

Since its inception in 2001, the Run Red Team has raised more than $450,000 for the Greater Chicago Red Cross. In exchange for reaching runners’ fundraising goals, runners receive expert training, team gear, and the support of a cohesive team.

To receive a race entry through the Red Cross, the fundraising minimum is $1,250 and includes:

  • Free race entry to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Participation in the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) Marathon Training Program and registration as a CARA member
  • Free ticket to the pre-race Run Red banquet the day before the Marathon
  • Special recognition certificate upon completion of fundraising goal
  • Access to American Red Cross booth in Charity Village on marathon day, including private gear check as well as pre- and post-race snacks
  • Personalized Run Red Runner fundraising webpage with campaign tips and letter templates
  • Official Run Red Team singlet and Red Cross merchandise and Run Red e-newsletter with marathon updates, team events, and training tips
  • Complimentary Run Red team activities including fun runs and more
  • If you have already registered for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon there are still ways you can participate on the team, please call (312) 729-6271 for more information.

    About the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago leads a regional grouping in Illinois and Northwest Indiana that serves more than 9.6 million people. For more information, please visit