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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 close to two million dollars toward care, research, and advocacy while spreading awareness about ALS with every step they take. 

TeamALS runners are a special group of athletes who participate in the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon in support of the ALS Community through The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter.

2021: Congratulations & Thank You, TeamALS!

This year saw a return to the traditional marathon after the changes that had to be made the year prior. We were thrilled to welcome 95 runners to TeamALS who together raised over $167,500 for the cause. Our annual dinner on the eve of the run was hosted in a new location, Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and Chicago Sports Museum, and gave runners a chance to meet their teammates and reflect on all the training leading up to the run. 

Thank you to all runners, donors, and volunteers who made this day special!

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2022: Registration is Open Now!

Registration is now open for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2022! If you or someone you know might be ready to accept this huge challenge and take the journey of a lifetime, please reach out to sarah@alsachicago.org.

Our TeamALS charity runners receive complimentary training, a race shirt, fundraising platform, pre-race dinner, access to the private race day suite, plus much more!

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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 9, 2022. 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 sarah@alsachicago.org 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 $1250 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 sarah@alsachicago.org or call 312-932-0000.

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