Race it forward - cleveland marathon Charity Program overview

2020 Charity Program CLOSED!


All charities are welcome to apply to become a charity partner. Whether your goal is to walk or sprint across the finish line, the Cleveland Marathon is proud to have you participate. Set your fundraising and athletic goals and work to achieve them together. This is a one-of-a-kind teambuilding experience that will create lasting memories and relationships. There are two levels for charities to become involved, Partner Level or Volunteer Level. See below for details:


Partner Level


  • Must be an approved charity by the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.
  • Must be a non-profit organization with 501c3.
  • Be willing to promote the Cleveland Marathon through social media channels.
  • Must submit a post-race report to the Cleveland Marathon, including total funds raised. Report due July 1, 2020.
  • Must actively recruit runners or walkers.
  • Provide volunteers during race weekend (optional).


In addition to promotion and awareness by the Cleveland Marathon, charity partners receive the following benefits:

  • Registration discount code for participants (includes online registration only). The code can be applied to any of the events including Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K and is applied to whatever the current fees are at the time of registration. There are no refunds if a participant already registered and then joined the charity team.
  • Complimentary online team fundraising page on Cleveland Marathon’s registration platform – Race Roster.
  • Complimentary tent/space at Charity Village on Public Square on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2020 (includes 10’x10’ table and 2 chairs).
  • Logo, link and bio on the Cleveland Marathon Official Charity page on the website.
  • Health and Fitness Expo - 50% off exhibitor booth (optional). Includes standard 10x10 booth only. Total cost $450.
  • Use of Cleveland Marathon logo for promotions.
  • Complimentary insert in runner goodie bags (optional). Due April 1, 2020.
  • Featured “Charity of the Week” in e-newsletter.
  • Promotion through Cleveland Marathon social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • Exclusive invitations to promote charity at scheduled Kick-Off Runs and Pub Runs.
  • Opportunity to promote your charity at assigned water station or cheer station along route. Submit post-race report to the Cleveland Marathon including total funds raised. Report due July 1, 2020.
  • Cleveland Marathon provides incentives for charity runners and walkers.


Volunteer Level

For charities interested in being involved in marathon weekend and the community while promoting awareness and raising funds, can apply to become a Volunteer Level Charity. During marathon weekend, over 2000 volunteers are needed for a successful event. Charity teams can work a water station, cheer station, expo and more. There is limited space for the Volunteer Level, so get your application in early.


  • Must be an approved by the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.
  • Must be a non-profit organization with 501c3.
  • Must recruit a minimum of 25 volunteers (one volunteer group per charity). Volunteers will be counted on race day and donations will be made after the race.
  • Team members must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Must report to a specific location, time and task determined by Cleveland Marathon staff.
  • Team leader must attend training session in April of 2020.


  • The Cleveland Marathon will make a direct donation to your charity after the race.
  • Your organization name will be listed on the Cleveland Marathon website.


*All funds raised through the Cleveland Marathon by the charity teams and their fundraisers will go directly to the charity.
*Once your application is received, there will be a 2-week approval process and you will be contacted by the Cleveland Marathon office to get set up.





Runner Requirements

All individuals fundraising for a charity campaign that are registered for ANY event in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon count towards the program requirement for runners. The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon operates on a tier-based pricing system in which race entry fees increase as the event date approaches. The charity discount given to the charity organization will be applied to the current entry fee schedule.  Charity runners are encouraged to sign up earlier to get a lower entry fee.

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon does not refund or defer any race entries. Charity runners commit to fundraise and participate in their chosen event at the time of processing. If a charity runner needs to switch events or transfer an existing race entry to a new participant, the individual(s) are required to follow the procedures provided to the general public. Please contact our offices for policy and procedure details.

Runners - you must choose from one of our 2020 Charity Partners. You will receive a discounted entry fee plus fundraising incentives. Please contact the charity first before registering for the event.

runner Incentives

Charity runners will have various levels they can work towards in achieving their fundraising goals. The deadline for runner fundraising incentives is May 1, but runners may continue to raise money for your charity through race weekend, May 17, 2020. Runners included must be dedicated to raising funds for your charity and sign up under your team in Race Roster.

Eligible participants must register for one of the Cleveland Marathon events and select one of our 2020 Official Charity Partners.

Tier 1 - Early Fundraising Goal + Incentive  $500
Any runner that raises at least $500 in fundraising for any Cleveland Marathon Official Charity Partner by January 1, 2020 will get an exclusive Cleveland Marathon swag item.

Tier 2 - Fundraising Goal + Incentive  $1000
Any runner that raises at least $1000 in fundraising for any Cleveland Marathon Official Charity Partner by March 1, 2020 will get a complimentary pasta dinner ticket for Saturday, May 16, 2020 plus an exclusive swag item.

Tier 3 - Fundraising Goal + Incentive  $5000+
Any runner that raises at least $5000 in fundraising for any Cleveland Marathon Official Charity Partner by May 1, 2020 will get access to all VIP amenities on race weekend: VIP Reception, Brunch, Comp Parking, Exclusive VIP Swag item, plus entry fee waived for 2021 event.

2020 Charity Challenge

As an additional incentive for charities and fundraisers, all 2020 Cleveland Marathon Charity Partners will be included in the 2020 Charity Challenge and winners will be announced on race day, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Team and individual tracking will be done through Race Roster.

There will be two prizes:

Top Charity Fundraising Team – Receives an additional $500 from the Cleveland Marathon.

Top Fundraiser (Individual) - Receives a $250 Visa Gift Card.


Feel free to use the Charity Challenge to motivate your team – have fun and see you at the Finish!

Contact info@clevelandmarathon.com with any questions.