Race it forward - cleveland marathon Charity Program overview

The 2023 Charity Program is now closed for submissions. We will re-open for the 2024 event.


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, 2023.
  • New Charities - Featured “Charity of the Week” in e-newsletter (if timely)
  • Promotion through Cleveland Marathon social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • Complimentary tent/space at Charity Village in the finish line recovery area on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2023. (includes tables and chairs).
  • Health and Fitness Expo - Discount on exhibitor booth (optional). Includes standard 10x10 booth only.
  • 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.
  • Invitation to the VIP Reception on the Friday before the race.



Runner Information

As a Charity Partner, you are able to recruit runners to fundraise for you directly through Race Roster. There are no minimum requirements, however the more individuals you have on your team - the better the fundraising opportunity.

All individuals fundraising for your charity will be able to share their fundraising page with family and friends. You may share your unique Promo Code with your runners upon sign up. The discount given to the charity 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.