Team JDRF provides entry into some of the country’s most iconic challenge events.

Team JDRF participants join in on the fun of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series through miles, music, medals and most importantly moments!  This is your moment to fundraise and help turn type one into type none! There’s something for everyone at the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll  event with race distances ranging from 5K, 10K to a half marathon. Enjoy a fun course lined with bands and cheering fans, take in the post-race headliner concert, and have a blast as you run for a cure!

When you join Team JDRF, we’re committed to supporting you with personalized training and fundraising support before and throughout the race weekend. Know that every step you take brings us closer to our finish line—a world without type 1 diabetes.

Registration is now open!


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We understand that participants come from a wide range of skill levels when joining Team JDRF in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Whether this is your first race or you are a seasoned runner, JDRF has the resources to help you train to become a rock star at any distance you choose!

Know that every step you take brings us closer to our finish line—a world without type 1 diabetes.

After registering, you will receive coaching and support from our certified Team JDRF running coach that will include:

  • Comprehensive and personalized training plans for all distances based on fundraising package
  • One-on-one coaching support
  • Interactive community with other Team JDRF members from across the country
  • Weekly communications with training tips and best practices

Why Team JDRF

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What are others saying about participating with Team JDRF?

“I ran in the Disney 5K race this past January and while the race is huge, whenever I saw another runner with the Team JDRF shirt, I felt a sense of pride and bonding. Together we ran to make this a world of ‘type none’” - Kay Stone

“Even though no one else from our chapter was participating, Team JDRF did an amazing job of building a virtual community. We were welcomed into a group of runners from around the country!” - Helen Nightingale

"I run with Team JDRF for my nephew, Patrick, who was diagnosed with T1D in 2010. Running marathons with Team JDRF is my way of supporting my sister. I’ve run 5 marathons, all fundraising for JDRF. I love the sense of community Team JDRF brings, our marathon family is amazing!" - Tracy Collyer

“I was never one to be very open about my diabetes but fundraising with Team JDRF made me realize how much of an impact we can have on other T1D's. I love the support I get from my teammates, the Team JDRF celebration before and after the race, and the community of other diabetics who know what it's like to live and train with this disease is something very special.” - Daniel O’ Neil

“After my son, Michael was diagnosed with T1D when he was 12 years old, I became an active JDRF supporter. I participated in the JDRF Ride program for many years and then decided to join Team JDRF after I took up running. I didn’t start running until my 60th birthday. Since then, I have run 7 marathons with Team JDRF including 4 Dopey Challenges. It’s so much fun meeting other JDRF supporters from around the country and we're all there for the same goal- to raise funds to find a cure.” - Barry Falcon

Fundraising Details

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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 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon weekend. Upon registering, you are asked to select your level of fundraising. (Click here for the fundraising options).

We are pleased to offer a variety of packages designed for all skill levels!

When you join Team JDRF at our Tour Stop locations you will receive:
• Special Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll Charity Medal
• Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Finisher Medal
• Team JDRF training performance t-shirt
• Team JDRF race day singlet
• Special Team JDRF commemorative item
• Personal fundraising page and one-on-one fundraising support
• Support and training plans from Team JDRF Running Coach

JDRF Supporter*
• Minimum fundraising of $500

$750 Level
• Guaranteed Entry into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
• Comprehensive Training Plan
• Minimum fundraising of $750

$1,000 Level
• Guaranteed Entry into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
• Comprehensive Training Plan & Virtual Running Support from Team JDRF Running Coach
• VIP Event Day Access (pre and post-race)
• Minimum fundraising of $1,000

Registration Fee is $50 for any entry and applied to your fundraising minimum.

*Please select the Team JDRF Supporter option if you have secured your own race entry for this event from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series.

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.

Friday, July 19, 2019
• Health and Fitness Expo (12-7 pm)

Saturday, July 20, 2019
• Health and Fitness Expo (9 am – 5 pm)
• Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K begins (7:30 am)

Sunday, July 21, 2019
• Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon begins (6:30 am)
• Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 10K begins (6:30 am)

Be sure to visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon event site for specific event day and weekend details including:
• Details about the headliner concert and reserving tickets(where applicable)
• Runner perks for race weekend (where applicable)
• Live race day updates
• Entertainment along the course
• Race day parking and transportation information

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can run?

Team JDRF is in alignment with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series minimum age requirements.

Full marathon participants must be at least 18 years or older by race day. Half marathon participants must be 12 years or older by race day. 10K participants must be 10 years or older by race day. 5K participants must be 8 years or older by race day.

All participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied on the course at all times by a parent or guardian (who will be a registered fundraising participant) and must have a signed parental/guardian consent form.

Do I get any fun Rock ‘n’ Roll 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 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Some of those items include: live musical entertainment along the course, admission into the finish line festival and post-race concert, official Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon participant shirt (styles vary by race distance), gear bag, and a personalized bib opportunity when you reach fundraising minimums by benchmark dates.

How much time do I have to commit to this?

How much time you train is completely up to you. 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 before a half marathon.

Does the $50 registration fee count towards my fundraising?

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

Are there course time limits for each race distance?

Yes! The course time limits vary by distance and event in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. If you aren’t sure and want further details on time limits, click here.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes, as a participant, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $500). In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support during the months and weeks leading up to the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series event. Please consult the fundraising packages guide for more information about minimums and 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. Not to worry though, if you don’t reach your minimum, which we know you will exceed, you have 30 days after the event to continue raising funds!

What if I need to drop from the race?

Any participant dropping after 45 days from their event date, 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.

If I decide to select a different fundraising package, can I switch them?

You may submit a request to JDRF to change your fundraising package, by 45 days from your event date. This request may result in a different minimum donation required to be paid by or on behalf of the participant. JDRF reserves the right to decline such change to your package.

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.