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TEAM PAWS Chicago Member Benefits
 
TEAM PAWS Chicago is dedicated to helping you achieve your personal athletic goals while making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  All members receive access to professional training, fundraising coaching, community of support, and inspiration every step of the way.  TEAM PAWS Chicago will help you finish your event and together we can achieve the building of No Kill communities, end the overpopulation of homeless animals, and transform animal welfare.

Below is a listing of all the perks TEAM PAWS Chicago members participating in the BANK OF AMERICA Chicago Marathon 2020 will receive:

    Guaranteed Charity Entry into the 2020 BOA Chicago Marathon  After you register with TEAM PAWS Chicago,
                                      you will receive a link to claim your entry with the BOA Chicago Marathon.  Your spot in the marathon is not
                                      complete until you complete this step and you will have one week after receiving the link to complete.  Failure to
                                      do so will result in the forfeiture of your spot with no refunds issued. 

   Pre and Post Race Party at the Congress Hotel  On Marathon day we will have a pre and post race party at
                                          the Congress Hotel, directly across the street from the corral gates.  Our marathoners will enjoy private gear
                                          check, indoor restrooms, continental breakfast, group photos and waves 1-3 will walk together to the gates. 
                                          After the race, enjoy our post race party with massages, food, drinks, live DJ, and more!                                  

     Official TEAM PAWS Chicago Singlet  All TEAM PAWS Chicago members receive a TEAM PAWS Navy singlet.


  Official TEAM PAWS Chicago Fan Club Shirt  Use these shirts to easily find your biggest fans along the race
                                           route!  The quantity of shirts you will receive is dependent on your entry type as follows: 
                                           Self-Secured Entrants = 1 shirt, Pre and Post-Lottery Entrants = 3 shirts
 
     TEAM PAWS Chicago Marathon Gift

 
     TEAM PAWS Chicago Finishers Medal

 
    2 Tickets to the TEAM PAWS Chicago PAW-sta Party  Our PAWSta party features a complimentary dinner and dessert, cash bar, event program and more! It's also a great opportunity to meet with fellow TEAM PAWS Chicago runners, staff and Shepherds before the big race.
 

    FREE Entry into the 2020 PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run  All TEAM PAWS Chicago members will receive one
                                            complimentary registration into Chicago’s largest dog-friendly walk.  We will also have a group photo and
                                            members get to start at the front of the runners’ corral.

     Social Events  Meet fellow team members on fun runs, happy hours, dog-friendly events, and group
                                             fundraising opportunities. 

     PAWS Professional Board Annual Contribution Waived for One Year  TEAM PAWS Chicago members will receive their annual contribution waived for one year if they join the PAWS Chicago Professional Board (value $250).  To see a listing of requirements and more information, please visit our website HERE. 

Fundraising Tools  Fundraising is easy with a personal fundraising web page, coaching, quarterly fundraising workshops, and resources to help you reach your fundraising requirements.

Guided Mentorship  Receive personal guidance from our seasoned pros, our Shepherds, who are not only past TEAM PAWS Chicago participants but also top fundraisers.  If you would like to be placed in one of our Shepherds in their "pack" just select "yes" in this question during your registration, and we will place you based on your geographic location.

2020 Shepherds Information Coming Soon! 

Training Enjoy training and nutrition resources from our coaches and discounted training from our partners.

2019 Training Partners:  Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) and Chicago Endurance Sports (CES) are long time supporters of TEAM PAWS Chicago, offering discounted group and virtual training options to our members!
 
Since its start in 1989, CARA has helped tens of thousands of runners complete the 26.2-mile course in Chicago and at other fall races.  CARA has helped aspiring marathoners and seasoned veterans alike make it to the finish line, and they can help you too!  CARA is conquering the winter months with their Power of the Group.  Prepare for April and May marathons through CARA’s group training program that offers you the support, community and resources you need to successfully reach 26.2.  For more information, visit their website HERE.
 
 
CES and their dedicated coaches have guided athletes of ALL levels across the finish line of the Berlin, Chicago and NYC Marathons for over 17 years.  Their program will prepare you for the race, no matter what your experience level is. Looking for a PR? Their coaches will challenge you with challenging, effective, smart training!  For more information, visit their website HERE.

2020 TEAM PAWS Chicago Coaches
Available to ALL our 2020 TEAM PAWS Chicago members are the advice and assistance from our 2020 Coaches who generously donate their time and expertise to our members.  Our coaches answer members’ general questions on running, nutrition, training, race day, etc. for FREE.  In addition to also offering our members discounted training, they host FREE clinics, fun runs and other events for our members throughout the year.   Our 2020 Coaches' information, photos and bios will be posted here soon!



Please note that perks vary across events and are based on the featured race type and minimum fundraising level.  TEAM PAWS Chicago recognizes that not everyone will be able to take advantage of all perks (for example, those who live outside of Chicago) but we are unable to adjust minimum fundraising requirements for those who do not take advantage of the perks offered.  If you raise over the minimum commitment and reach a different race's minimum, you will not receive those perks.  Instead, you will be eligible for fundraising prizes for going above and beyond your minimum requirement.  You may only receive the perks associated with the race you register for.  Perks are non-transferable and offered to registered TEAM PAWS Chicago members only.