Cleveland Marathon Charity program


The Cleveland Marathon has helped raise over $4 million to local charities since its inception in 1977. In 2007, Cleveland Marathon Charities, a 501c3, was formed to organize and financially reward schools, churches and other non-profit groups that show their support of health and fitness through running by their active involvement as participants, volunteers or spectators in the Cleveland Marathon.

The Cleveland Marathon has a long-standing commitment to the charitable community and has provided an extremely profitable avenue for non-profit organizations to raise money throughout its long history. In 2024, the Cleveland Marathon Charity Program Official Charity Partners together raised $655,500.00!


about the program

The Cleveland Marathon Charity Program is your gateway to an exhilarating fundraising experience as one of our Official Charity Partners for the Cleveland Marathon and all subevents. Regardless of your organization's size or cause, we invite you to join us on race weekend and the weeks leading up to it, where you'll gain unprecedented exposure, raise awareness, and generate funds for your non-profit.

As an Official Charity Partner, your charity will benefit from extensive promotion through our powerful social media channels, engaging email newsletters, and onsite race weekend opportunities. Your organization must hold a 501(c)3 status and simply submit an application to be considered. Upon acceptance, our team will equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge to create a fundraising campaign around the Cleveland Marathon, leveraging our user-friendly registration platform - Race Roster. Your mission will be to enlist enthusiastic runners and walkers who will champion your cause and fundraise on your behalf.

*All funds raised will be dispered weekly by Race Roster directly to Charity Partners.

Becoming an Official Charity Partner, allows your organization to achieve your fundraising and athletic goals and create a team-building experience that will create enduring memories and relationships.

Not only will runners, family, and friends partake in this thrilling event, but they'll also have the opportunity to support our esteemed Charity Partners. Whether you're a race participant or a devoted spectator, backing a family member or a friend, you become an integral part of supporting a remarkable cause.

how to apply

The 2024 Charity Program is now closed - please check back for 2025.

More info:

Check out our current Official Charity Partners!

Requirements, Incentives and More!

How to Run for a Cause (if you are a runner/walker)