Information for Team Members

Check here regularly for important updates!

Important Dates

Tuesday, October 1:

  • Fundraising deadline ($203 minimum fundraising commitment) 

Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4: 

Hours coming soon! TEAM NEF Swag Bag (team shirt, parking pass, and other goodies) pick up and delivery.

Staff swag bags will be delivered to your buildings. All other runners and walkers will pick up their swag bags at the District Administration Office at 203 W. Hillside. 

Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19: 

  • Time and location to be determined.
  • Packet pick up - You will pick up your race bib, required to participate in the event, from the race organizers. You can not participate in the event without a race bib.
    NOTE: The organizers will not provide bibs to NEF for distribution, so you MUST go to packet pickup. 
  • Details, including what you need to bring with you to pick up your packet, are available at: 

Sunday, October 20:

  • Race day!
  • Headquarters is located at Naperville Central High School. 

Staff reimbursement toward your race entry fee

The Insurance Committee is pleased to partner with the Naperville Education Foundation and TEAM NEF! Aligning with the district's commitment to health and wellbeing, the Insurance Committee has pledged to contribute to the registration fee for any staff that participates in the race. 

For those runners and walkers who partake and complete the race, and meet the fundraising goals set forth by NEF, the Insurance Committee will reimburse $55 for the half marathon, $40 for the 10K and $23 for the 5K.

Run for your favorite NCHS or NNHS team, activity, department or club

Students, teachers, staff, parents and community members can run or walk with TEAM NEF for Naperville Central or Naperville North and double your community impact! NCHS and NNHS allow half the funds you raise to go to the school-based team, activity, department or club of your choice, and the other half supports students in need, teachers with great ideas, and student opportunities through NEF's district-wide programs. It's a win-win!

Spread the word! The more runners, walkers - or donors - you have, the bigger impact for your group! After the race, NEF will ask what school-based team, department, club or activity you'd like your funds to support. 

Fundraising Commitment

All race registration fees go to the race organizers Endeavor Health Naperville Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.

All TEAM NEF members participate in the race as Charity Heroes, raising funds to support the students of Naperville 203. Individuals commit to raising a minimum of $203. Each additional family member who joins has a $30 fundraising commitment.


What am I raising funds for? 

Half of the funds you raise go directly to your selected school. The other half support NEF-funded district-wide programs including: 

  • Express Grants: A monthly opportunity for up to $1,000 for immediate use, open to District 203 staff members or students
  • INCubator: Entrepreneurial education at both high schools
  • Kid Booster Anonymous and RISE: Individualized support for students and families when no other known family, district or community system is available to address the need
  • Robotics: FIRST Lego League teams at all 14 elementary and 5 junior high schools. NEF funds team registrations, robotics kits, practice tables, an elementary tournament, and stipends for coaches for more than 40 teams. 

New this year! Mile Marker Challenges!

Each month until race day, you'll have a chance to win prizes or fundraising dollars! Follow NEF on Facebook, X (Twitter) or Instagram, or join the private TEAM NEF Facebook group to learn about each month's challenge!

Race Details

Need information about the race? Updates, FAQ and more available at the Endeavor Health Naperville Half Marathon, 10K and 5K's website at


Training on your own? These training plans can help!

  • 5K Training (Couch to 5k)
  • Half Marathon Training (Follow the link and look at the tabs at the bottom of the document for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced training plans)

TEAM NEF Member Commitment

TEAM NEF is a fundraising event in support of the Naperville Education Foundation, your favorite Naperville 203 school, and the students of Naperville 203. 

Team members understand that NEF counts on each runners' fundraising commitment and incurs costs for each TEAM NEF member. TEAM NEF raises funds and awareness for NEF.

Event date: Sunday, October 20, 2024

Fundraising Information 

Online, cash or check donations

Donors can contribute online through your page, or via cash or checks that you deliver to the NEF office at 203 W. Hillside. Checks should be made payable to NEF or Naperville Education Foundation. Drop them off in an envelope clearly marked with your name. We will update your online fundraising page to reflect the donations within 2 weeks. 

Donors can mail checks directly to: NEF, 203 W. Hillside, Naperville, IL 60540.

Running with a family member? 

You can use a single fundraising page for your family's fundraising if you are all running to support the same school. 

When you register each family member, Qgiv will automatically create a fundraising page for each person. However, you can choose to use only one of those pages as your primary fundraising page for all family members who are running for the same school. Email to let the office know you are sharing your page, and remember to set your fundraising goal to the appropriate amount.

Tips for fundraising

  • Add a picture and personal note on your fundraising page
  • Set a goal higher than $203. Higher goals can inspire more donations, and you only need to raise your fundraising minimum even if you set a higher personal goal on your fundraising page. 
  • Share your link through email or social media with friends, family or colleagues.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching funds for employee donations. Paperwork, if needed, can be sent to the NEF office at or 203 W. Hillside, Naperville, IL 60540. 

You can mark a potential matching gift when donating online (remember to request the matching gift through your company), or you can email if a matching gift is on its way. We will credit your fundraising once the funds are received. If possible, include a screenshot or receipt showing the pending matching gift. Depending on the company, the matching gift can take months to arrive at the office. 


Connect with us! 

Stay up-to-date on all things TEAM NEF by following us on social media, and tagging us as you post about your training or fundraising efforts with #goteamnef. 

Join the private TEAM NEF Facebook group and receive updates on important dates, fundraising, and to connect with one another! 

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube

Fundraising Ideas (Individual and/or Group) 

All TEAM NEF members receive a personal online fundraising page. Share this page with friends, family or colleagues to ask for donations to support your participation! Donations large and small add up quickly to help you reach your fundraising goal! 

Fundraising Events

Some creative ideas past runners have done include: 

  • Garage sale, bake sale or lemonade stand
  • Car wash, lawn mowing, or babysitting
  • Penny/change drives
  • Posters in school or office to raise awareness
  • Raffles at parent-teacher conferences for "free" items like prime parking or seating at school events 
  • Staff cookouts or comfy clothes days
  • Musicians playing at dine out nights or school events. 

Fundraising together with local businesses

Some local businesses or restaurants will help support fundraising efforts. You bring in business, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds. 

To plan an event at a local business: 

  • Contact Amy or Wendy at to see if that business has already been used by another TEAM NEF member/group. 
  • Confirm the details of your event with the local business. 
  • If possible, ask the business to send the check, payable to NEF to 203 W. Hillside, Naperville, IL 60540.
  • Tell the NEF office how to divide the funds. For instance, "Please split funds evenly between Shawn Miller, Molly Quinn and Sam Patel," or "Please split funds between all Naper team members." 
  • Funds will be added to your fundraising page within 2 weeks of the time the funds are received in the office. 

Contact us

Contact Amy or Wendy with any questions at or call 630-420-3086