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Run to Defeat ALS

Run to Defeat ALS

The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter is proud to have partnered with hundreds of athletes throughout the years in one of the largest TeamALS programs nationwide.  Combining physical endurance with a fierce dedication to fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease, TeamALS has raised thousands of dollars toward care, research, and advocacy while spreading awareness about ALS with every step they take. TeamALS runners are an elite group of atheletes who participate in the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon in support of the ALS Community through The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter.

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How can I participate in TeamALS?

TeamALS members must secure a bib for the Chicago Marathon, then register with run coordinator Sarah Brandt. Once registration is complete, runners set a fundraising goal, customize their page, and fundraise for the cause as they prepare for the challenge of the marathon on October 10, 2021. TeamALS members receive training support, race gear, and access to fundraising and training tools.

Why should I join TeamALS?

The ALS Association offers numerous resources and services for TeamALS participants to help reach both their physical and fundraising goals. Additionally, TeamALS participants are joining a community of fellow athletic enthusiasts that will push, cheer and celebrate together throughout the lifecycle of the event.

What if I have questions about joining before I register?

Contact Sarah at or call 312-932-0000.

Is there a registration fee and fundraising minimum?

Yes, charity runners for the Chicago Marathon are required to meet a fundraising minimum of $1750 and cover registration fees charged by BofA Chicago Marathon for the race. For more information, visit the Chicago Marathon's FAQ guide.

Is it hard to meet a fundraising goal?

The ALS Association has created online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and we can help you with materials, ideas, and other resources. Once you start asking people for support, you will be surprised how quickly donations come in.

How does The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter utilize contributions?

This money funds cutting-edge research, enables advocacy on the political front, and provides service in the form of community support and financial accommodation to those living with ALS. To get more information on how The ALS Association uses contributions, please click here.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. To learn more about the disease, click here.

If you need more information about Team Challenge ALS, please contact Sarah at or call 312-932-0000.



Other Ways to Get Involved...

Walk to Defeat ALS

The Walk to Defeat ALS is the #1 way to unite and fundraise for those living with ALS. Each year, fundraising through the Walk drives bold and urgent innovation as we march together toward a cure for ALS. Learn More.

Team Challenge ALS

Team Challenge ALS is The ALS Association's comprehensive endurance program to help fight ALS. Combine your passion and commitment to finding a cure for ALS while achieving physical challenges by participating in athletic events, such as marathons, triathlons, cycling events, swimming events, winter sports, obstacle course races and other endurance activities. Learn More