Runners who are interested in participating in the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon can join Team Red Cross, the official race team of the American Red Cross. General registration for the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9 is closed, but limited spots are still available through non-profit organizations like the Red Cross. Team members pledge to raise at least $1,500 to support Red Cross humanitarian programs and services. Register to join Team Red Cross online or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Team Red Cross click here.
“The Red Cross is proud to host athletes from around the world as members of Team Red Cross at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon,” said Celena Roldán, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “Members train hard for race day because they know they are running for a great cause to support our mission to help others in times of need.”
As a charity partner of the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Red Cross provides registration to the marathon for runners from around the world. Runner benefits include:
• Race entry to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
• Chicago Area Runners’ Association (CARA) training and membership
• VIP treatment race weekend including a brunch for runners and their families
• A customizable online fundraising page
• A chance to raise funds for a trusted charity
• Fun runs, team gear, and more.
Team Red Cross brings together runners of all ages and abilities in support of the American Red Cross mission. Team Red Cross prepares runners for success in the Chicago Marathon while providing a rewarding charitable-giving experience. All funds raised by Team Red Cross benefit Red Cross programs and services throughout Chicago and Northern Illinois. Since 2007, Team Red Cross runners have together raised more than $900,000 in support of our life-saving mission. Team Red Cross is proud to partner with Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) to provide expert training and guidance for our runners.
“I run for the Red Cross because it's a charity I believe in,” said Andrea Hamilos of Chicago. “Any time there is a need for help, anywhere from my own neighborhood to a remote place across the globe, I know that the Red Cross will be one of the first organizations to respond. I can see that my support is making a difference and I appreciate all the good that the Red Cross does every day.”
About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. 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 us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.