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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have spots available on your 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Team?

At this time, we do not have any charity entries available for our 2024 team. However, if you have your OWN marathon entry and wish to join our team, you may register at any time or contact Kayla Nelson at knelson03@sralab.org for more information.

If you are interested in registering for our 2025 team, please fill out our athlete interest form. A member of our team will reach out when registration opens in October.

What is the fundraising requirement?

For our 2024 charity team*, fundraising requirements and deadlines are as follows:

For all team members, 75% of your fundraising commitment must be met by September 2, 2024. The remainder of the fundraising commitment must be met by December 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm CST.

*Fundraising commitments are subject to change for the 2025 team.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising deadlines?

If 75% of the fundraising commitment is not met by September 2, 2024, your name will be placed on our “bib pull” list. This list will be provided to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and you will not be able to collect your bib at the Expo to participate in the race on October 13. Athletes who fundraise or pay the remaining balance due may collect their bib from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab booth at the Expo.

If the entirety of the fundraising commitment is not met by December 31, 2024, the credit card on file will be charged for the balance due.

Can I join your team as part of the Para Athletics Program?

Absolutely! True to our mission, Team Shirley Ryan AbilityLab strives to include athletes of all abilities. Please reach out to Kayla Nelson at knelson03@sralab.org for additional registration information.

To learn more about the Para Athletics Program visit https://www.chicagomarathon.com/apply/para-athletics-program/.

What happens if I can no longer participate in the race (e.g., illness, injury, conflict, etc.)?

Charity entries for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon are not transferable. You may not transfer your race entry to another individual or defer your entry to the following year. If an athlete must withdraw from the race, they are also still obligated to fulfill the fundraising commitment.

Exceptions include: pregnancy and postpartum period.

Are donations tax-deductible?

As a 501(c)3 organization, all donations to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are tax-deductible.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

Please reach out to Kayla Nelson at knelson03@sralab.org for questions. 

For more information about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, visit www.chicagomarathon.com.