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Team Challenge ALS

Test your strength. Push your limits. Fight ALS. Register for Team Challenge ALS Today.

 

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What is 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.

 

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In 2021, it is the goal of the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter to have at least one participant in a Team Challenge ALS event per month, and raise a total of $25,000. With the rise of virtual and hybrid endurance events in response to the pandemic, joining Team Challenge ALS is easier than ever! You can join us by participating in ANY endurnace event that appeals to you - and turn it into an opportunity to raise critical awareness and funds for our ALS Community. See our progress so far!

 

How can I participate?

 

Choose any event that you are interested in -- a ride, walk, run, race, swim, etc!  Apply or register for that event, then register for Team Challenge ALS here. Once you are registered, you will have your own fundraising page with a shareable URL so you can invite others to join you or donate to help you reach your goal. You can share your story and upload a photo of you in your race gear! You can even send emails directly through the fundraising portal to your network, and connect your fundraising page to a Facebook fundraiser!

 

Why should I join Team Challenge ALS?

 

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

 

Is there a registration fee to join Team Challenge ALS?

 

No. There is no additional fee to join Team Challenge ALS. Your chosen activity may have a registration fee (that helps cover set-up costs, swag, shipping, etc). Please note, we do not cover these costs for participants. Check the details of your chosen activity for information on possible fees.

 

Is there a fundraising minimum for my chosen event?

 

We ask all Team Challenge ALS members to set a goal of at least $250 when they create their fundraising page. You may increase your fundraising goal throughout the process in your fundraising center. We hope that all members will help us raise our total Team Challenge ALSgoal of $25,000 during the 2021 year.

 

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 and for more information about ALS, click here.

 

Recommended Endurance Activities & Resources

 

Need help getting started? We did some online searching for fun and creative events going on throughout the year. Check out our suggestions of races/activites to participate in. If you have additional sugguestions, let Sarah know!

 

January: 

 
  • Run National Parks Virtual Race - a virtual 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, or Marathon on Saturday, January 16th. Lots of intriguing virtual perks to this race like virtual backgrounds and a photo contest.
  • On Art Run Challenge - a creative route challenge from January 19th -26th - create a fun and unique image with your route and tracking device. It can be anything from your initials to your favorite animal.
February: 
  • Love Run - a virtual 5k, 10k, half marathon, or 100 mile Love Run between January 1-February 28. We loved the little hearts on the socks in the optional swag package.
March: 
  • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle (Official Charity Partner)- a virtual 8K, 2-Mile walk or mile Friday, March 19-Sunday, March 21. Participate as a member of Team Challenge ALS using our unique link and receive a $5 discount on registration ($25 instead of $30).
  • All Community Events' Virtual St. Paddy's Run/Walk (Official Charity Partner) - Celebrate St. Paddy's Day March 17-20 and run/walk a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon, help support ALS and get the gear mailed right to your door. Add-on an exclusive finisher pint glass to celebrate with once you crush your race.
  • HOKA Run the L Challenge presented by the Chicagoland Half Marathon Series Run (or walk or wheel) the total distance of Chicago’s elevated public transit system. Registrants have 8 weeks to tackle 131 miles, which can be accomplished solo or divided and conquered with a running buddy! The challenge will run between March 22nd and May 16th. Use code 21RTLALS for $10 off your registration.
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If you have questions about joining Team Challenge ALS, please contact Sarah at sarah@alsachicago.org or call 312-932-0000.

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