Run for Hopes and Dreams with Team CIF!

March 10, 2015

In seven months, over 40,000 athletes will line up on Columbus Drive to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, taking on 26.2 miles through an incredible city. For the ninth year, Center for Independent Futures will support a team to run for hopes and dreams. If you have ever dreamed of running a marathon, this is your year!

Team CIF is an official member of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Program, which means CIF can offer guaranteed race entries for runners who commit to raising funds and awareness for CIF's mission. Instead of entering the registration lottery and waiting until April to see if they're selected, Team CIF runners are guaranteed a spot on the starting line...and a supportive community behind them to help them get to the finish.

When you join Team CIF, you'll become part of a community that values all dreams—one that will provide you with one-on-one support along your path toward realizing one of your own. During your weeks of fundraising and training, you'll engage with our dedicated staff, meet CIF community members, and see the difference your efforts are making. We're committed to providing a supportive experience to all of our runners, including the following benefits:

  • Individualized fundraising support, including team fundraisers
  • Fundraising incentives like CIF gear and the opportunity to earn a refund of your marathon registration fee
  • Discounted membership in the Chicago Area Runners Association, which offers group training programs at all levels
  • Pre-race pasta party with CIF board members, community members, and staff
  • Two free tickets to CIF's fall fundraiser, Something's Cooking
  • Race weekend accommodations with a CIF family if needed

Team CIF runners must register before April 21. To find out how to join the team, contact Elizabeth Male at (847) 328-2044 or






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