Chicago Marathon Charity Runners Raised $16.9 Million

2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Runners Raised $16.9 Million
Runners Can Make an Impact at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
by Joining a Charity Team

‰ÛÒ The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced that more than
10,000 runners raised $16.9 million through the 2016 Charity Program.
Since the charity program was officially established in 2002, more than
106,000 runners have raised over $167 million for local, national and
global causes.

“Our Charity Program speaks to the power and spirit of the running
community, and one of the greatest legacies of the Bank of America
Chicago Marathon is the significant impact the Charity Program has had
on local, national and global causes,” said Carey Pinkowski, executive
race director. “Since 2002, charities have increased their revenue and
visibility, and we have welcomed new runners across our finish line. We
are proud that one of the premier hallmarks on race day is seeing
thousands of charity runners striding together on the streets of Chicago
to make a difference in the world.”

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago
Marathon and the 15th anniversary of the official Charity Program. The
2017 Charity Program is underway with more than 170 charities
participating. Runners who register to run with an official charity will
be required to raise a minimum of $1,500.

Chicago Marathon participants who run and fundraise on behalf of a
charity can dramatically impact an organization and its mission, both
locally in the Chicago community and abroad. For example, a runner
raising $1,500 has the potential to make the following impacts: 30
children supported by Team World Vision will receive clean drinking
water for the rest of their lives; the Greater Chicago Food Depository
can provide meals for 4,500 men, women and children in the local Chicago
community; and Chicago Run will assist 30 Chicago students with
innovative and engaging youth running programs.

Runners interested in joining a charity team can visit

About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
In its 40th year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon welcomes
thousands of runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states,
including a world-class elite field, top regional and Masters runners,
race veterans, debut marathoners and charity runners. The race’s iconic
course takes runners through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an
architectural and cultural tour of Chicago. Annually, an estimated 1.7
million spectators line the streets cheering on more than 40,000 runners
from the start line to the final stretch down Columbus Drive. As a
result of the race’s national and international draw, the Chicago
Marathon assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of
charitable causes while generating $277 million in annual economic
impact to its host city. The 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a
member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, will start and finish in
Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 8. In advance of
the race, a two-day Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be held at
McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 6, and Saturday,
October 7. For more information about the event and how to get involved,
go to

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