Race it forward - cleveland marathon Charity Program overview

The 2022 Charity Program Open Enrollment is OPEN!


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.

Charity Requirements

  • Must be an approved charity by the Cleveland Marathon.
  • Must be a non-profit organization with 501c3.
  • Be willing to promote the Cleveland Marathon through social media channels.
  • 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.
  • Logo, link and bio on the Cleveland Marathon Official Charity page on the website.
  • Use of Cleveland Marathon logo for promotions.
  • Complimentary insert of a promotional item in runner goodie bags (optional). Due April 1, 2022.
  • Featured “Charity of the Week” in e-newsletter.
  • Promotion through Cleveland Marathon social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • Cleveland Marathon provides incentives for charity runners and walkers.

-Complimentary tent/space at Charity Village on Public Square on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2022. (includes 10’x10’ table and 2 chairs).
-Health and Fitness Expo - 50% off exhibitor booth (optional). Includes standard 10x10 booth only. Cost TBD
-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.



Runner Requirements

All individuals fundraising for a charity campaign that are registered for ANY event in the Cleveland Marathon count towards the program requirement for runners. The 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 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 Official Charity Partners. You will receive a promo code for a discounted entry so 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 22, 2022. 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 Official Charity Partners.


2022 Fundraising Incentive - $1000

Any runner that raises at least $1000 in fundraising for any Cleveland Marathon Official Charity Partner by May 1, 2022 will get an exclusive Cleveland Marathon swag item mailed to them directly.


Contact info@clevelandmarathon.com with any questions.