Chicago Runs, Walks, and More

Chicago Marathon runners, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is an amazing city when it comes to athletic events that benefit charities. There are runs, walks, bike rides, climbs, polar plunges, and more.

If you're in it to win it, most events offer a timed option and have awards for the top finishers. If your goal is to improve your fitness, theses events are a great way to challenge yourself to meet your personal goals. If there is a charity that has special significance to you, these events are a fun way to promote and raise funds for the organization.

Take a look at the schedule to find an event that's right for you.

As you review the events below, be sure to visit the charity websites to learn more about the organizations benefiting from your registration fees, donations, and fundraising efforts.

In addition, check the event’s website to see how the charity partner is benefiting. Are 100 percent of the event proceeds given to the charity? Does the charity receive promotional benefits only? Does the charity receive a certain number of race entries in return for providing event volunteers? A charity may benefit from an event in many different ways. The answers can usually be found on the event’s FAQ, Charity, or About page. Each event should also have an email address or online contact form for any additional questions you might have.


If you are aware of a Chicago run, walk, etc. that has not been included on this page, please send the event's information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago).



2018





January



January 1, 2018

New Year's Day 5K
Location: Lincoln Park, West LaSalle Drive and North Stockton Drive, Chicago
Start Time: 11 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: Hope for the Day

January 6, 2018

Polar Dash Chicago
Location: Grant Park, Chicago
Start Time: 8:45 a.m. (1800 Meters), 9 a.m. (Half Marathon), 9:45 a.m. (10K), 11:45 a.m. (5K), and 11:15 a.m. (1800 Meters)
Event Beneficiary: No beneficiary listed

January 20, 2018

F^3 Lake Half Marathon
Location: Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus Drive, Chicago
Start Time: 10 a.m. (Half Marathon) and 10:30 a.m. (5K)
Event Beneficiary: Girls in the Game

Chicago Polar Bear Club Polar Plunge
Location: Oak Street Beach, 1000 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Start Time: 12 noon
Event Beneficiaries: Drew Family and Hambrecht Family

January 28, 2018

Aon Step Up for Kids
Location: Aon Center, 200 East Randolph Street, Chicago
Start Time: 8 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.
Event Beneficiary: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago



February



February 3, 2018

FFC East Lakeview Indoor Triathlon
Location: Fitness Formula Clubs East Lakeview, 3657 North Pine Grove Avenue, Chicago
Start Time: Waves begin every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m.
Event Beneficiaries: No beneficiary listed

February 10, 2018

Universal Sole Valentines Trail Challenge
Location: Schiller Woods, Des Plaines River Road, Chicago
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: No beneficiary listed

Cupid's Undie Run
Location: John Barleycorn, 3524 North Clark Street, Chicago
Start Time: 12 noon (doors open) and 2 p.m. (run)
Event Beneficiary: Cupid's Charity

February 24, 2018

Miles and Mimosas Indoor Triathlon
Location: Lakeshore Sport & Fitness Illinois Center, 211 North Stetson Avenue, Chicago
Start Time: Waves begin every 20 minutes starting at 8 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: No beneficiary listed

Mardi Gras Chaser
Location: Montrose Harbor, Chicago
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: Back on My Feet Chicago

February 25, 2018

Hustle up the Hancock
Location: John Hancock Center, 875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Start Time: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Full Climb) and 8 a.m. to 12 noon (Half Climb)
Event Beneficiary: American Lung Association

FFC Union Station Indoor Triathlon and Paratriathlon
Location: Fitness Formula Clubs Union Station, 444 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago
Start Time: Waves begin every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m.
Event Beneficiaries: No beneficiary listed



March



March 4, 2018

Chicago Polar Plunge
Location: North Avenue Beach, 1603 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: Special Olympics Chicago

March 10, 2018

Fight for Air Climb
Location: East Bank Club, 500 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago
Start Time: 7:30 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: No beneficiary listed

March 11, 2018

Fight for Air Climb
Location: Presidential Towers, 555 West Madison Street, Chicago
Start Time: 7 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: American Lung Association

Emerald Isle Mile
Location: South Western Avenue and West 104th Street, Chicago
Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: South Side Irish Parade

March 14, 2018

Pi Day Fun Run
Locations: Fleet Feet Sports – Old Town (1706 North Wells Street, Chicago) and Fleet Feet Sports – Lincoln Square (4762 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago)
Start Time: 6:28 p.m.
Event Beneficiary: Illinois Science Council

March 17, 2018

Get Lucky
Location: Soldier Field South Lot, 1410 South Museum Campus Drive, Chicago
Start Time: 9 a.m. (Half Marathon), 9 a.m. (14K), 9:30 a.m. (7K), and 10:30 a.m. (21K the Hard Way)
Event Beneficiary: No beneficiary listed

St. Paddy's Day 5K & 8K Run & Walk
Location: 2410 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: Prevent Child Abuse America

March 24, 2018

FFC Gold Coast Indoor Triathlon
Location: Fitness Formula Clubs Gold Coast, 1030 North Clark Street, Suite 600, Chicago
Start Time: Waves begin every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m.
Event Beneficiaries: No beneficiary listed

March 25, 2018

Shamrock Shuffle 8K
Location: Grant Park, Chicago
Start Time: 8:30 a.m. (Wave 1), 9 a.m. (Wave 2), and 9:30 a.m. (Walk)
Event Beneficiaries: Charity Teams

March 31, 2018

FFC Lincoln Park Indoor Triathlon
Location: Fitness Formula Clubs Lincoln Park, 939 West North Avenue, Chicago
Start Time: Waves begin every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m.
Event Beneficiaries: No beneficiary listed

Bunny Rock Chicago 5K & Egg Hunt
Location: Montrose Harbor, 601 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago
Start Time: 9 a.m. (5K) and 10:15 a.m. (Egg Hunt for ages 2–10)
Event Beneficiary: Red Door Animal Shelter



April



April 7, 2018

Chi Town Half Marathon & 10K
Location: Montrose Harbor, 601 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago
Start Time: 7 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: Special Olympics Chicago

Ravenswood Run & Kids' Race
Location: 4550 North Hermitage Avenue, Chicago
Start Time: 8 a.m. (5K) and 9 a.m. (Kids' Race)
Event Beneficiaries: Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry at All Saints Episcopal Church and the Student Health Centers at Lake View High School and Amundsen High School

April 21, 2018

Walk & Roll Chicago
Location: Soldier Field Stadium Green, 1410 South Museum Campus Drive, Chicago
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Event Beneficiary: American Cancer Society



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