Team Special Olympics Chicago

Help us reach our goal!

$103,109.65

achieved

$500,000.00

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of your goal reached

All of our spots for the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon are currently full. We encourage you to join our waitlist and we will contact you if a space becomes available. To join the waitlist, please email teamspecialochicago@sochicago.org.

About Team Special Olympics Chicago

We believe connecting people through sports and physical activity are the beginning steps in spreading our mission of inclusion, acceptance, and joy. Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities is working to create a more inclusive Chicago... one mile at a time!

Whether you are a first-time marathoner or an avid runner, Team Special Olympics Chicago is a group of runners dedicated to supporting athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our team of more than 250 runners enjoys the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed entry with registration fee covered by Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities*

  • Fundraising tips that help you meet your fundraising goals

  • A discounted training program with Chicago Endurance Sports

  • The best cheering section and race day headquarters on the route at Chicago Firehouse Restaurant!
    Our HQ is a convenient and comfortable place to prep for your race and celebrate afterward. Located a half-mile from the starting line, we offer gear check, snacks, stretching, and race day essentials before the race. We also host a post-race party including a massage therapist, lunch buffet, and drinks for you and your family!  There’s nothing more motivating than hearing your name announced by our dj as you pass our cheering section of athletes, friend and families!

The 46th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 13, 2024. 

We at Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities are so grateful for your devoted support to our life-changing mission.

For more information please email our Marathon Coordinator at teamspecialochicago@sochicago.org .

*Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities will reimburse your registration fee once you have reached your fundraising minimum.

Measure Your Impact

Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities serves athletes in all of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods. It is free for the athletes to participate in Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities programs. The funds raised by initiatives like #TeamSpecialOChicago benefit the thousands of athletes of Special Olympics Chicago, covering the costs for transportation, medals, equipment, uniforms, food, and lodging. Along with athletic opportunities, we also provide enrichment programs like the After 22 Project, our Art and Music Therapy program, cooking classes, and much more.