Run to support the River

Friends of the Chicago River is a partner charity of the 46th Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13, 2024. If interested in running, you can make the experience more meaningful by running on behalf Friends to support our work to improve and protect the river system for people and wildlife. There are limited spots available so apply now with Friends to learn more. 

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Below are key steps to start the process. And, if you raise the minimum amount by November 1, 2024, Friends will reimburse your registration fee.

Step 1: To express your interest, download and fill out the waiver and email it to Friends’ Director of Development, Annie Hanrahan, at

Step 2: As long as you submit by the November deadline to be considered for the Friends of the Chicago River Fundraising Team, Annie will send you information on how to register for the marathon. Participants must cover the initial registration fee.

Step 3: Friends will also send you information to create a fundraising webpage. 

Apply now to support Friends, build your endurance, accomplish something wonderful, and see the gorgeous Chicago River as you run the 26.2 mile course through Chicago.