Frequently Asked Questions


How much does it cost to join Lurie Children's Half Marathon Team?

All members of Lurie Children’s Half Marathon Team will be responsible for the $25 team fee (paid at time of registration with team) as well as the Life Time fee of $110. Both of these fees are non-refundable.


Where does my fundraising go at Lurie Children’s?

Each year, funds raised through our half marathon team goes to supporting life-saving care that Lurie Children’s provides every day. Fundraising dollars could go towards advancing technology, conducting research, training physicians and clinical staff, or one of our many other areas of greatest need.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

While there is no fundraising minimum for our half marathon team, we encourage you to take this opportunity to raise critical funds for Lurie Children’s. With each level of fundraising you complete, you become eligible for the incentive that goes along with it.

What happens if I experience an injury/illness which prohibits me from running in the Chicago Half Marathon?

Runners who experience an injury, illness, or other medical event such as pregnancy that requires them to withdraw from the race are required to email the charity manager as soon as possible.

The $25 Lurie Children’s team fee and the $90 fee paid to Life Time Chicago Half Marathon are non-refundable, no matter when notification is given. Charity entries may not be deferred, transferred, or refunded.

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 fill out this offline donation form and mail it to:

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation
Attn: Community Events
Department 4586
Carol Stream, IL 60122-4586

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 Half Marathon Team member.

What online fundraising tools are available to Lurie Children’s Half 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.

Fundraising Toolkit (pdf)

How can I find out if my company offers a matching gift?

The matching gifts tool, which is used to check if your company has a matching gift program for healthcare organizations, is currently being updated and cannot be accessed at this time. If you know your company matches donations, please continue with the process below.

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 Half Marathon Team” is linked to the donation, or we cannot guarantee that it will be credited towards your fundraising.

Matching gifts will count towards your fundraising goal if it arrives before November 13, 2024. Since many companies have varying payout schedules, we recommend submitting your donation for a match as early as possible. Once you confirm your matching gift, please fill out this form to ensure the donation gets allocated towards your fundraising.

Lurie Children’s Tax ID: 36-3357006

Log in to the participant headquarters 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.

Can I use a Facebook or Instagram Fundraiser?

Team Lurie Children’s does not accept funds raised through a Facebook or Instagram fundraiser. Participants should only be using their personal fundraising page created when joining our team on Engaging Networks. If you would like to engage your social media network, we encourage you to share the url at the top of your personal fundraising page.

Event Details

When is the Life Time Chicago Fall Half Marathon?

The Life Time Chicago Fall Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2024.

What if I or someone I know would like to run the Life Time Chicago Fall 5k or Kid’s Dash?

Participants who would prefer to run the 5k or Kid’s Dash instead of the half marathon are more than welcome to join our team! Please register and click the participation type for the race you would like to complete. Please note that registration costs for the race registration itself may differ than previously stated.

When will I receive my Team Lurie Children’s swag that my incentive level qualifies for?

As runners become eligible for incentives with their fundraising, they may coordinate a time to pick up their gear in person at Lurie Children’s Main Hospital (225 E. Chicago Ave) or make other arrangements with the charity manager.

When can I pick up my marathon bib number and packet?

All packets must be picked up in-person by the runner during the Expo in the days leading up to the event. Every runner is required to pick up their own bib with a valid photo ID for safety and security reasons.

What types of fundraising incentives can I receive if I join Team Lurie Children’s for the Half Marathon?

Members of Team Lurie Children’s Half Marathon Team are eligible to receive the following incentives matching with each fundraising level.

  • $100 – Signature Lurie Children’s singlet or hat
  • $250 – Two cheer shirts for your friends and family
  • $500 – Receive complimentary admission to the Long Run in September by Chicago Endurance Sports
  • $1,000 – Limited edition Lurie Children’s swag (same as the marathon team)
  • $1,500 – Celebrate with the Lurie Children’s Marathon Team at our Pasta Dinner
  • $2,000+ – Receive complimentary registration for the 2025 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Sophia Paarz at [email protected].

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