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Team CASA Chicago Marathon

An official Charity Team of the
2020 Bank of America
CHICAGO MARATHON
Bank of America CHICAGO MARATHON
  • October 11, 2020 | 7:30 AM
  • Grant Park, Chicago
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JOIN TEAM CASA!

As of Monday, October 21, 2019, Team CASA is accepting applications to be on our charity team for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Members of our team use the incredible experience of training for and running one of the world’s largest marathons to raise awareness and funds for the most vulnerable individuals in Chicago–children in the Cook County foster care system who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. We are grateful to the Bank of American Chicago Marathon who has selected CASA of Cook County as a charity team who is allocated some of the 10,000 slots that are reserved for charity runners who agree to raise funds in exchange for a guaranteed marathon entry. 

 

Team CASA runners are asked to reach for the goal of raising $2,300, or the cost of providing CASA services for one child for one year. Runners directly impact the life of a child who will receive individual advocacy in court by a trained CASA volunteer. The advocacy that they receive has been shown to shorten the time they are in foster care and ensure they receive needed medical, educational, and social services while in care. The ultimate goal of CASA is to help each child find a safe, permanent home. The trajectory of these children’s lives are changed because they have a committed adult CASA volunteer who is with them throughout the most traumatic time in their lives.

 

The Bank of American Chicago Marathon requires that charity runners understand that their guaranteed entry into the event is in exchange for their commitment to raise the minimums set by the event for all charity teams:

  • Runners who register prior to the close of the drawing on December 3, 2019, are required to raise a minimum of $1,250
  • Runners who register after the close of the drawing on December 3, 2019, are required to raise a minimum of $1,750.

All charity runners must also comply with all charity rules and regulations. Team CASA will be accepting applications through March 31, 2020, or until all available slots are full.

Does Team CASA sound like the right charity team for you? Here is what you need to know and do:

1. Click on the Join Team CASA button, and share your name and email. 

2. We will send you a Team CASA application with all the details you need to agree to before you commit to our team, which includes acknowledging fundraising minimums and timelines for raising funds.

3. Once accepted, Team CASA members are required to set up their fundraising page and raise their first $200 before they are officially registered for the marathon.

4. Once runners have reached their first $200 raised, they will be given access to the marathon registration portal where they must pay their own registration fee ($200 for US runners, $230 for international runners).

 

Team CASA members are only officially registered for the 2020 Bank of America Marathon when they have completed all steps and received registration notification directly from the marathon.

 

Please direct any questions about Team CASA or corporate sponsorship opportunities to Abby Vlahos at abby.vlahos@casacookcounty.org.

Team CASA 2019

In 2019, Team CASA had 14 runners cross the finish line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. They used their incredible athletic achievement to raise awareness and funds for children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are now in protective custody in Cook County. Together Team CASA raised over $20,000 to enable us to serve TEN additional children. Each of these children received the one-on-one support of a CASA volunteer who
advocates for their best interests in court, schools, and communities. At a time when the child welfare system is in crisis in Illinois, CASA has never been more important for the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. Thank you, Team CASA!