Charity program overview

Our Race it Forward Charity Program is closed for the 2023 race but non-profits are welcome to sign up in the future. Our Charity Program allows organizations of all sizes and interests to raise funds in an exciting way. Our team will provide your charity with the tools and knowledge you will need to create a fundraising vehicle around the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. We are determined to make this program a positive experience for both the charities and their runners.

All charities are welcome to participate. Whether your goal is to walk or sprint across the finish line, the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k 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.

Runners, family and friends are invited to support our Charity Partners. Whether you are a race participant or spectator supporting a family member or friend, you may be a part of supporting a great cause.

Here are ways to get involved:


About Cleveland Marathon Charities

The Cleveland Marathon has helped raise over $3 million to local charities since its inception in 1977. In 2007, Cleveland Marathon Charities, a 501c3, was formed to organize and financially reward school, church 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 2023, the Race it Forward Official Charity Partners together raised $466,749.53! Congratulations and thank you Official Charity Partners and charity runners!