WE ARE TEAM ONE STEP

We run in support of Camp One Step and to help send kids with cancer to camp!

Join Team One Step and run with an amazing group of runners who are raising money to help kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives. Through our Team One Step community and shared experiences with other runners, we impact a child with cancer, one runner at a time.  Our team will get you ready for race day with experienced coaches, training plans for all fitness levels and personal fundraising assistance and resources

Bank of America,
Chicago Marathon

October 8, 2017

Training and Coaches

All levels of fitness and abilities are welcome. Typically, about half of our team consists of first-timers who just want to finish and the other half are seasoned runners who want to improve their time or meet a personal goal.

Team One Step FAQs

Q) Is there a minimum fundraising commitment?

For the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the fundraising commitment is as follows:

  • Pre Marathon Entry Lottery (before April 12, 2016): $1,000
  • Post Marathon Entry Lottery (after April 12, 2016): $1,500

(Q) What should I do with donations I receive offline?

A) Checks and cash that you receive offline can be sent to our office. Be sure to include a note with your name so we can credit to your account.

Children’s Oncology Services
Attn: Team One Step
213 W. Institute Place, Suite 306
Chicago, IL 60610

Q) When I register for Team One Step, am I automatically registered for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon or the Chicago Half Marathon?

A) No. Signing up for Team One Step guarantees you a spot on our team and reserves your entry into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or the Chicago Half Marathon. In addition, you are responsible for registering for the race itself by following a unique link that will be sent to you. We will provide you with detailed instructions once you join!

Q) I’m nervous about fundraising. What resources do you provide?

We are here for you every step of the way! We provide you with a fundraising page that you can personalize and send to your friends and family. We also provide templates for emails and social media throughout the season. Additionally, we offer fundraising clinics during the season to exchange ideas and offer support.

Q) How long do I have to raise the funds?

For the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, you have until November 10, 2017 to raise the minimum amount. We ask that you provide a credit card when you register to secure your impactful commitment. Your card will only be charged if you do not meet the minimum commitment. On September 28, 2016 at 9:00am CT, if you have not met the minimum commitment, your credit card will be charged the difference. You will have until November 10, 2017 to continue fundraising and request a reimbursement.

For the Chicago Half Marathon, you have until October 24, 2017 to raise the minimum amount. We ask that you provide a credit card when you register to secure your impactful commitment. Your card will only be charged if you do not meet your minimum amount. On September 15, 2017 at 9:00am CT, if you have not met the minimum commitment, your credit card will be charged the difference. You will then have until October 24, 2017 to continue fundraising and request a reimbursement.

(Q) If I get injured during training or can no longer participate in the Marathon, am I still required to fundraise to the minimum?

We understand that circumstances change and that a lot can happen between deciding to race and the event itself. However, you are still responsible for meeting your fundraising minimum, regardless of whether you race. The only exception is for individuals who have a valid medical excuse, and can provide appropriate documentation. Even in the event of injury, we hope that you will honor your commitment and continue to fundraise in spite of not being able to race.

Team One Step makes a difference for our campers and runners!

I ran for my daughter

My marathon was a huge challenge, but step after step, I continued on with 10,000 of my closest friends, even when I was sore and tired. The crowds were amazing, cheering us on the whole way getting a ton of high fives from the Elvis impersonator or all the kids watching and cheering. The signs had encouraging words, helping me smile (grimace really) and keep on. After working so hard, especially through the last miles, it was an absolute rush to cross the finish line when I was done.

I chose to run (couch to marathon in 9 months – woohoo!) because it was the absolute least I could do to give back for everything camp has given my daughter. My daughter started going to camp after she was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma in 7th grade, about 10 years ago. As a parent, camp helped our family through some pretty dark times. I can’t thank everyone at Camp One Step enough.

I just crossed a finish line after 26 miles (which was seriously cool). That’s nothing compared to what the kids face.

Never thought I could do this

The aspect of running with a team was new to me. I’d always run by myself. Between joining a running club and working with Camp One Step, I learned 26.2 is easier accomplished with company. Camp One Step does a great job of bringing its runners close to the charity. The group runs, the breakfast after, the brunch the day before the marathon, and the post race gathering were all uplifting during the process. My wife and son were also able to meet others and get to know the charity. I looked forward to introducing others to the charity every chance I got. Camp One Step became part of my marathon. I did not expect that when I started.

To anyone out there that might be considering running the marathon, I’d say do it with Camp One Step. Finishing a marathon is something I never considered possible or even attempting. Now that I’ve done it, I wouldn’t have done it any other way.

$600,000

Raised

600

# of kids that went to camp due to our runners

13,750

Miles run to send kids to camp

Team One Step Benefits Include:

  • Guaranteed entry into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or the Chicago Half Marathon
  • Friendly, expert coaching
  • Training plans for all fitness levels
  • Personal fundraising assistance and resources

Help kids with cancer have the time of their lives – they are the best reason to run!

From fundraising to training, we are with you every step of the way!

When you run for Team One Step

You will help give kids with cancer a life changing week at camp. Kids with cancer are more likely to be bullied, ostracized, and experience social anxiety and isolation at school …but not at camp. Camp is a place they can just be kids!

“When I’m at camp all the other worries of life dissipate.” – Ryan, Age 18

“Camp is a time and place to celebrate all that we have and not feel self-conscious about our battle scars. We’re all in this together at One Step!” –Maya, Age 15

“Camp is special to me because I can be me without anyone judging me. Camp is the best place!” – Jack, Age 10

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