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Red Cross Supports Chicago Marathon With Volunteers, Runners

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is staffing volunteers to support event information and medical stations Oct. 13 for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Nearly 100 members of Team Red Cross are also running to raise $120,000 from support pledged for Red Cross humanitarian services and programs. Every year, the Red Cross provides registration for runners from around the world to participate in the marathon.

“The American Red Cross has been a proud partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for eight years,” said Fran Edwardson, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “Our volunteers are ready to assist Chicago Marathon staff at several event stations around Grant Park. Our team of Red Cross runners has also been training hard and has exceeded their goal of raising $120,000 that will support the services and programs we provide to people in the Greater Chicago region.”

Volunteers will be stationed in multiple tents around Grant Park to assist marathon officials with family reunification services and any medical needs people might experience during the event.

“The Red Cross brings a large amount of resources to support our event operations, especially the army of volunteers who are vital in helping runners, families and spectators on race day,” said Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director, Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Each year, the Red Cross provides Chicago Marathon registration for runners interested from around the world. Nearly 100 runners on Team Red Cross are running to raise funds that will support Red Cross humanitarian programs and services such as disaster relief. Team members pledge to raise $1,200 in support of the Red Cross and receive a variety of benefits including free CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) training, complimentary post-race massage and access to Charity Village. The team has received $120,000 in pledged support from around the world.

“The Red Cross does so much for so many people. Whether it’s collecting blood for patients in need or giving people shelter after a fire or flood, the Red Cross is there to help and that’s why I’m running for them,” said Team Red Cross runner Stephanie Reid of Chicago. “I’m not just running a race; I’m running for a cause.”