Runner for the Y
Jun 20, 2024

All In on Perseverance and Finding a Path to Achieve Bold Goals

Here at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, we know all about the hard work and perseverance it takes to run a marathon — it’s the kind of drive that truly exemplifies the Y spirit.   

We had an amazing showing at the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and it’s all due to the 18 individuals who ran for Team YMCA (including several staff members!) and our  dedicated supporters!   
Thanks to the collective efforts of our Y community, we raised more than $42,000, exceeding our initial goal of $30,900!  

“Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been a lifelong dream, and Team YMCA opened the door of opportunity for me!” said Michael Crino, who competed in the marathon on behalf of Team Y this year. “I was part of an amazing, supportive training team and felt physically and emotionally ready for marathon day. No other charity organization in Chicagoland has the reach that the YMCA has, and I was so proud to raise awareness for the Y's programs that work with youth who have experienced gun violence. I am now a Marathon finisher!"    

The Y extends our deepest gratitude to each and every supporter who contributed to this success — whether through volunteering, donating, fundraising, or cheering from the sidelines.  

While the 2023 Chicago Marathon was the second year in a row that the YMCA of Metro Chicago served as an official Charity Partner, our history is intertwined with the event’s origin. In 1976, a small group of running enthusiasts met at the Central YMCA on LaSalle Street to plan the first modern marathon in the City of Chicago, leading to the first Chicago Marathon on September 25, 1977.  

Now, nearly half a century later, the Y is grateful to continue being a part of the Chicago Marathon. In 2024, we’ll be participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon once again — this time with 40 registered runners — and we can’t wait to meet our community out on the marathon route once again!