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The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter is proud to have partnered with hundreds of athletes throughout the years in one of the largest TeamALS programs nationwide. Combining physical endurance with a fierce dedication to fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease, TeamALS has raised close to two million dollars toward care, research, and advocacy while spreading awareness about ALS with every step they take. 

Looking for information about the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon? Jump to the details here.

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2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon: Sunday, October 8, 2023

TeamALS runners are a special group of athletes who participate in the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon in support of the ALS community through The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. The 45th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2023. If you or someone you know might be ready to accept this huge challenge and take the journey of a lifetime, start your registration today!

Our TeamALS charity runners receive complimentary training, a race shirt, fundraising platform, pre-race dinner, access to the private race day suite, plus much more. Please connect with our Run Coordinator, Sarah Brandt, at, for instructions on registering. To support a 2022 TeamALS runner, use the button below to connect to their fundraising page.

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How can I participate in TeamALS?

TeamALS members must secure a bib for the Chicago Marathon, and must first reach out to Sarah Brandt to do so. Once registration is complete, we can approve your entry, then runners set a fundraising goal, customize their page, and fundraise for the cause as they prepare for the challenge of the marathon on October 9, 2022. TeamALS members receive training support, race gear, and access to fundraising and training tools.

Why should I join TeamALS?

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

What if I have other questions about joining before I register?

Contact Sarah at or call 312-932-0000.

Is there a registration fee and fundraising minimum?

Yes, charity runners for the Chicago Marathon are required to meet a fundraising minimum of $1750 and cover registration fees charged by BofA Chicago Marathon for the race. For more information, visit the Chicago Marathon's FAQ guide.

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.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. To learn more about the disease, click here.

If you need more information about TeamALS, please contact Sarah at or call 312-932-0000.

Illinois Marathon

2023 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon: Thursday, April 27 - Saturday, April 29, 2023

"From the friendly Midwest spirit, to the flat course, to the photo finish inside Memorial Stadium, this is a race not to be missed."

The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter had an exciting opportunity to come aboard in 2022 as an official charity partner with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. We are excited to continue to grow our endurance program and offer more options to our charity runners who are looking for a different race or another distance than the full marathon. The Illinois Marathon has several distances, including a 1 Mile, 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, marathon, and even a relay, taking place from April 27-29, 2023.

More details and registration for the races and for the volunteer positions will open up closer to the 2023 races. If you have questions or would like to be involved in the 2023 race weekend with the Chapter, contact


Other Ways to Get Involved...

Walk to Defeat ALS

The Walk to Defeat ALS is the #1 way to unite and fundraise for those living with ALS. Each year, fundraising through the Walk drives bold and urgent innovation as we march together toward a cure for ALS. Learn More.

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. Learn More.