2018 Chicago Marathon Run for Autism



85% Raised of$175,000 Goal

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The Story

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is an Official Charity with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and has a limited number of guaranteed entries available for the race on October 7, 2018.


To join the RUN FOR AUTISM team, click "REGISTER".



To receive guaranteed race entry though OAR, you must agree to the fundraising requirement set by the race:

Runners who register for the race with a charity entry prior to the drawing (Oct. 25 - Nov. 29) will receive complimentary race entry ($195-$210 value) and must commit to a $1,000 fundraising minimum.

Runners who register for the race with a charity entry after the drawing is selected (Dec. 13) must commit to a $1,500 fundraising minimum.

The fundraising deadline is one month after the race (Nov. 7, 2018).

*By agreeing to the fundraising requirement and verifying his/her credit card information, runners are assuming full responsibility for achieving their fundraising minimum in full, even in the case of unforeseen circumstances including injury, which may prevent them from participating in the event.


Signing up on CrowdRise reserves your spot on the OAR team. Once you have completed the steps on CrowdRise, a member of the RUN staff will reach out and send you the link to register through the Chicago Marathon website.


To fundraise for OAR without receiving guaranteed race entry, join the team with no required fundraising minimum. (This option is for legacy runners, time qualifiers, 2017 deferments, or those selected through the drawing in December).



RUN FOR AUTISM t-shirt and technical race tank

Free membership/marathon training with the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA)

Complimentary invitation to the pre-race team pasta dinner

Race day hospitality at a hotel near the finish line

Fundraising Guide

Team emails with training and fundraising tips

OAR finisher's medal



1 in 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism. By joining the team, you're supporting OAR's mission to fund research and resources that help people with autism and their families today.



$10 provides a Curriculum in a Box professional development set to general education teachers.

$25 provides 15 copies of A Guide to Safety to families and first responders.

$100 provides the Kit for Kids peer education resource to an entire elementary or middle school.

$150 provides 100 copies of a Life Journey through Autism guidebook sent to a community support group or military installation.

$1,000 provides a research grant for a graduate student studying autism.

$3,000 provides a scholarship for a student with autism to attend college.

$30,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.