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The 41st anniversary of the iconic race, once called the “People’s race anyone can come and enjoy,” will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

The 2018 Team JDRF Bank of America Chicago Marathon Guaranteed Entries are now SOLD OUT!

 Have you secured your own entry through the race (See qualifiers here)? You can still join the team!


  • Registration Fee – $50
  • Full Marathon Supporter – Raise $750 to unlock all team benefits

Runner has secured his or her own entry through Bank of America and would like to support JDRF by joining our team.

For more information or questions, please contact Libby Winter of the JDRF Illinois Chapter at (312) 447-7953 or

Fundraising Details


Team JDRF is a partnership: You commit to raising a minimum dollar amount and in exchange, JDRF provides you with support, coaching and fun perks in the months leading up to and throughout the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weekend. Upon registering, you are asked to select your level of fundraising. (here for the fundraising options). Team JDRF is pleased to offer a variety of packages designed for all skill levels!

When you join Team JDRF at any package level you will receive:

  • Team JDRF race day gear
  • Private gear check at the Team JDRF Race Day Experience
  • Team JDRF Family Reunion at the Team JDRF Race Day Experience
  • Invitation to Team JDRF Celebration Event for runner and a guest
  • Cheer swag and coordinated efforts for friends and family cheer stations on Race Day
  • Personal fundraising page and one-on-one fundraising support
  • Virtual Running Support from Certified Team JDRF Coach
  • (LOCAL) Opportunity to register for discounted group training

JDRF Supporter*

  • No JDRF Guaranteed Entry included
  • No minimum fundraising requirement
  • Unlock team benefits when you raise $750 or more!


  • $1,500 Minimum commitment
  • Runner uses a JDRF Guaranteed Entry, but pays fee directly to Bank of America Chicago Marathon ($195 U.S./$210 International)


  • $2,000 Minimum commitment
  • Runner uses a JDRF Guaranteed Entry and JDRF pays fee to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Registration Fee is $100* for any entry and applied to your fundraising minimum.
*Increases for runners using a JDRF Guaranteed Entry increases to $150 after May 22.
**Please select the Team JDRF Supporter option if you have secured your own race entry for this event from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact

Schedule of Events

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Team JDRF events are designed for runners and walkers from all over the country to come together and meet new people in a fun, energetic atmosphere while being surrounded by the T1D community! After all your dedication, fundraising, and training, you’ll come together at race weekend and have a fun-filled experience with memories to last a lifetime.


November 30, 2017 – 35% of the team must be filled or JDRF forfeits remaining entries

May 22, 2018 – 75% of the team must be filled or JDRF forfeits remaining entries

June 19, 2018 – 100% of the team must be filled or JDRF forfeits remaining entries

Team JDRF Runner Calls




Fundraising Deadlines

June 3, 2018 – Suggested Training Begins for 2018 Race

August 7, 2018 – 50% Fundraising Deadline to receive Team JDRF Gear

September 26, 2018 – 100% Fundraising Deadline to avoid Health and Fitness Expo Bib Pull*

October 5-6, 2018 – 100% Fundraising Deadline in order to pick up Bib*

*Runners can still participate, but must provide proof of fundraising to 100% when picking up their bib at the Expo. No runner may participate without raising his/her full fundraising commitment.

Race Weekend Activities

Friday, October 5, 2018

  • Abbott Health and Fitness Expo

Saturday, October 6, 2018

  • Abbott Health and Fitness Expo
  • Team JDRF Celebration Party

Sunday, October 7, 2018

  • Team JDRF Race Day Experience
    • Private Gear Check Opens
    • Team Photo
    • Volunteer, Friends, and Family Cheer Station Headquarters
    • Post-Race Reunite Location
  • Race Day
    • Wave 1 Closures and Start
    • Wave 2 Closures and Start
    • Wave 3 Closures and Start

Be sure to visit the Bank of America Chicago Marathon event site for specific event day and weekend details including:

  • Expo Layout
  • Corral Information
  • Course Route
  • Hotels and Accommodations
  • Race day parking and transportation information

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get any fun Bank of America Chicago Marathon Commemorative items?

Yes, in addition to the benefits that you get for being part of Team JDRF, you will also receive some special items from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Some of those items include: exciting cheer stations along the course, admission into the finish line festival and post-race activities, official Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant shirt (styles vary by race distance), gear bag, and 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Medal.

How much time do I have to commit to this?

How much time you train is completely up to you. Given the length of this race, we ask runners to respect the challenge of this course and train appropriately. Your JDRF Coach can help you determine the best time commitment for your fitness level. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training 16 weeks before a full marathon and 12 weeks.

Marathon Training

For this race, Team JDRF provides virtual training for ALL runners that will begin 20 weeks from race day. Local runners will also have the opportunity to sign up for group training at a discounted price.

Does the registration fee count towards my fundraising?

Yes! The required registration fee ($50-$150) will be the first donation to your Team JDRF fundraising campaign.

Are there course time limits for each race distance?

Yes. The event has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes. The official end vehicle will start following the last starter and maintain a 15-minute per mile pace along the race course.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes, as a participant using a JDRF guaranteed entry, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $1,500). In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support during the months and weeks leading up to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Please consult the fundraising packages guide for more information about minimums and benefits.

No, if you secure your own entry, you are not held accountable to any fundraising minimum. When you raise $750 or more, you unlock team benefits.

Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimums?

Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise, and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. If you follow the recommended guidelines and use the fundraising resources JDRF provides, you will be more successful than you think! Contact your JDRF Chapter if you need additional assistance brainstorming ideas to help you reach your goals.

Runners who do not raise the full minimum commitment by the time of the race expo will NOT be able to participate.

  • Raise 50% of your fundraising minimum by Tuesday, August 7 to earn your Team JDRF Gear – After this date, runners may still request their gear, but must pay for shipping.
  • Raise 100% of your fundraising minimum by Wednesday, September 26 to avoid having your bib pulled at the Health and Fitness Expo
  • Raise 100% of your fundraising minimum by the time you pick up your bib at the Health and Fitness Expo on October5-6 in order to participate in the race

What if I need to drop from the race?

Any participant dropping after officially taking a Team JDRF entry, for any reason, will be responsible for completing 75% of their fundraising minimum, in addition to payments to JDRF for any costs incurred for accommodations arranged for them for the race. Registration fees are non-refundable. Any donations received will remain in the participant’s account. Transferring of money to any other participant’s account is not permitted.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon does NOT allow for Charity Entries to be deferred or transferred and therefore, JDRF must comply with all race policy.

Isn’t it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?

Not according to our past participants. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your local JDRF chapter will help you with materials, ideas and support as you meet and exceed your goal.

Will I have help fundraising?

Yes! Every participant has the support and help of the fundraising experts at their local chapter who are with them every step of the way, from the first donation to the day you exceed your minimum and increase your goal. In addition, the Team JDRF endurance program has a library of tools and tips that every registered runner has access to.

If you have any questions about your ability to meet your fundraising minimum, contact and we are happy to talk fundraising with you.

Where is my local chapter?

Working together, JDRF has more than 100 Chapters, Branches, and Affiliates worldwide. Please click here to locate your local JDRF chapter or call 888.533.9255 for further information.

What is Team JDRF?

Team JDRF provides entry into some of the country’s most exciting challenge events. Join a team that’s united in the common purpose of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.

Designed for JDRF supporters of all fitness levels, Team JDRF is a partnership. Participants commit to raising a minimum dollar amount, and in exchange JDRF provides support and coaching leading up to and throughout the challenge event.

For more information or questions, please contact Libby Winter of the Illinois Chapter at (312) 447-7953 or