Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to join Lurie Children's Marathon Team?
All members of Lurie Children’s Marathon Team will be responsible for the $50 team fee (paid at time of registration with team) as well as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon fee of $205 (US Residents)/ $230 (Non Residents) (paid separately to Chicago Marathon). Both of these fees are non-refundable.
What is the minimum fundraising amount and what is the deadline to turn in pledges?
- Runners who join our team before December 3 and need an entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon: $1,250
- Runners who join our team on or after December 4 and need an entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon: $1,750*
- Runners who join our team at any time and secured their own entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon either through the lottery, legacy runner, time qualifier: $1,250
- Runners who join our team at any time and register as part of Team Rizzo: $2,500
- Runners who join our team at any time and register as part of Team Rizzo: Club 44: $4,400
- Runners who join our team at any time and register as part of Team Rizzo: Heavy Hitters: $10,000
*This option will only be available for a limited time, it is best to secure your spot before November 29 to ensure your 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon participation. Other deadlines have been set to keep runners on track with fundraising:
- June 1 - 25% of your fundraising minimum (suggested deadline)
- August 1 - 50% of your fundraising minimum (suggested deadline)
- October 1 - 75% of your fundraising minimum (firm deadline)
- November 10 - 100% of your fundraising minimum (firm deadline)
What happens if I experience an injury/illness which prohibits me from running in the Chicago Marathon?
Runners who experience an injury or illness that requires them to withdraw from the race are required to submit medical documentation and meet the following fundraising levels:
- Notify Lurie Children’s on or before June 1, 2021: 25% of fundraising minimum required, due by November 11, 2021.
- Notify Lurie Children’s on or after June 2, 2021: 50% of fundraising minimum required, due by November 11, 2021.
- Notify Lurie Children’s on or after September 1, 2021: 75% of fundraising minimum required, due by November 11, 2021.
The $50 Lurie Children’s team fee and the $205 (US Residents)/ $230 (Non Residents) entry fee paid to Bank of America Chicago Marathon are non-refundable, no matter when notification is given. Charity entries may not be deferred, transferred, or refunded. For more information on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon deferment process, please click here.
How can my supporters make a donation?
The fastest and easiest way for your supporters to make a donation on your behalf is to refer them to the personal fundraising page you create on this website. If they prefer, they can write a check to Lurie Children’s Foundation with your name on the memo line and mail it to:
Lurie Children's Foundation
Attn: Move for Kids
225 East Chicago Avenue,
Box 4 Chicago, IL 60611-2991
Are donations made on my behalf tax deductible? Will my contributors receive a gift receipt?
Yes, all donations in which goods or services are not received are 100% tax deductible. The Foundation will send a gift receipt and acknowledgement letter to anyone who makes a donation on behalf of a Lurie Children’s Marathon Team member.
What online fundraising tools are available to Lurie Children’s Marathon Team members?
After team members create a personal fundraising page, they will gain access to free online tools and tips to help them reach and exceed their fundraising goals. This includes sample e-mail templates, social media posts and images and general fundraising ideas. Visit the Fundraising Tips page for all your fundraising resources.
How can I find out if my company offers a matching gift?
First, check to see if your company has a matching gift program for health organizations. The website, MatchingGifts.com can be helpful indetermining which companies match donations. Complete a matching gift form (available from your company's Human Resources department) and send it in with your donation.
See if your company has a matching gift program for healthcare organizations. You will need to complete a matching gift form (available from your company's Human Resources department) and send it in with your donation. Please ensure that your name and “Lurie Children’s Marathon Team” is linked to the donation, or we cannot guarantee that it will be credited towards your fundraising.
How can I check my personal fundraising totals or that of my team?
Log in to the participant center at any time to track your fundraising progress. When a donation is made online, it is processed automatically and added to your fundraising total. Donations made by check, giving foundation or money order will be processed and counted toward your fundraising total within 15 business days after they are received by Lurie Children’s Foundation.
When is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 10, 2021.
When will I receive my Lurie Children’s Marathon Team singlet and t-shirts for friends and family?
Runners can pick up their singlet at the Kick-Off Party or the Pasta Dinner. T-shirts for friends and family will be available for pick up at the Pasta Dinner in October. If you are unable to attend the Kick-Off Party or Pasta Dinner, these items will also be available at the Chicago Marathon Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Singlets can be mailed to runners upon request.
When can I pick up my marathon bib number and packet?
All packets must be picked up in-person by the runner during the Chicago Marathon Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Every runner is required to pick up their own bib for safety and security reasons. If you haven’t reached 75% of your fundraising by October 1, your bib will be held and you will need to stop by the Lurie Children’s Marathon Team booth to pay the difference owed before your bib is released.
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact Hayley Salata at 312.227.7295.
Does Lurie Children’s have race day hospitality for team members?
Yes! We will be joining Chicago Endurance Sports at their Race Day Resort at Roosevelt University on Michigan Avenue. Enjoy this climate-controlled and weather-protected area for you and your family and friends. Gear check, indoor restrooms, easy access to start gates, refreshments and massage therapists are just a few highlights of the resort.