Signature EventsTeam Kidney Chicago Marathon

team kidney: chicago marathon 


Route runs city-wide

Chicago, IL

the race is on

on your mark, get ready

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is proud to be an official charity partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Every year, marathon organizers put aside a limited number of slots for athletes committed to running in honor of philanthropic causes, and when you run on behalf of the NKFI, every mile you put behind you will raise money for free health screenings, community programming, and cutting-edge research.


As a member of Team Kidney, you'll have access to our online giving platform, renowned trainer Seth Kopf, an NKFI fundraising coach, and exciting Team Kidney incentives. Best of all, you'll have the entire NKFI community cheering you on.


For more information about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, please click here.


how to join team kidney

  • Registration: To run as a member of Team Kidney you'll have to register with the executive staff of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. We are limited to 22 guaranteed entrants, and SPOTS ARE ALL FILLED.


  • About Team Kidney: #TeamKidney is the National Kidney Foundation's digital, community-giving platform.  Customize your page, add photos and easily share on social media or with family and friendsVisit the TeamKidney Site


  • Fundraise, Get Supporters: You can create your own fundraising page on our intuitive, Team Kidney giving-platform. We make it easy for you to set goals, appeal for donations, and share your efforts through email and social media. Best of all, managing your progress is a breeze, as our portal handles all the complex work (like processing gifts). Get started on TeamKidney.


your application 


Spots are currently all filled. If you would like to be added to the waiting list or added to the roster for 2021, please contact Steve Jastrow at

meet coach seth


Seth is a certified USA Track & Field and Road Runners Club of America running coach. He is the owner of Kopf Running, an endurance coaching company based in the Chicago area, and has helped thousands of athletes successfully complete races of varying distances. He is the proud finisher of 10 Bank of America Chicago Marathons, and is equally proud to have


participated as a charity athlete on 9 different occasions. Kopf Running offers comprehensive virtual training services throughout the year for the distances of 5K through the full marathon.

By signing up with Team Kidney, all these benefits are entirely free:

  • A comprehensive training program

  • FREE Final Surge account to track workouts & monitor progress

  • Access to Kopf Running on Strava + weekly training & nutrition tips

  • FREE educational running webinars

  • Partner discounts

  • Discounted nutrition services offered through a registered dietitian


location & schedule

your directions to the starting line

Event Location


The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its flat, fast course. The route starts and finishes in Grant Park, travels through 29 neighborhoods, and is set against the backdrop of one of America's most magnificent cities. 

Runners have access to 20 aid stations, which are spread out along the course.

Transit, Driving, Parking


All participants and spectators are encouraged to use public transit. If you drive, allow time for heavy traffic and street closures due to the race.



The Millennium Garages offer the closest race day parking options to Grant Park at the Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park, and Millennium Lakeside garages.



5:30am:  Gear check opens
5:30am:  Start corrals open
7:20am:  Wheelchair Start (men)
7:21am:  Wheelchair Start (women)
7:22am:  Handcycle Start
7:23am:  Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30am:  Wave 1 Start
8:00am:  Wave 2 Start
8:35am:  Wave 3 Start

Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party

Grant Park, Butler Field

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Times are subject to change.


chicago marathon sponsors

you make the difference

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois wouldn't be able to impact the lives of patients, families, and communities without the help of our dedicated Chicago Marathon sponsors. Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here to review the sponsorship opportunities or contact Steve Jastrow at or 312-321-1500.



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