Run for a cause

Since its inception, the Miami Marathon has been a supporter of numerous charity teams helping raise several million dollars to support a variety of causes. Over our 15-year history, participants from over 70 charity organizations have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. With your support, we can continue to grow and help support a countless amount of worthwhile causes.

Whether you’re an individual looking to enhance your race experience by supporting a charity or you represent a not-for-profit charity organization, we want to help make your experience special. Below you’ll find information about our numerous charity partners along with their contact information so you can reach out to them directly.

> Charity Program Outline

> Charity Partner Pre-Event Application

For additional information, please contact our Program Coordinator at


The Miami Marathon & Half Marathon welcomes athletes of all speeds and fitness levels, but must abide by city regulations in regard to road closures. With these road closure regulations, we must have roads cleared within a 6-hour time frame. Therefore, we require participants to maintain a 16-minute mile pace in order to abide by city regulations. This pace goes into effect as soon as the last participant crosses the start line.

For any charity participant that can’t maintain the 16-minute pace, they will be guided onto the sidewalks and will be allowed access to the finish line until 12:30 p.m. We hope you will be able to train your participants to a 16-minute pace, but for those who just can’t do it have this option. Please make sure all your participants are fully aware of the pace and the rules.

2017 Charities

ALS Association Florida Chapter
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Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Beacon of Hope
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Beacon of Hope has been empowering children to break the cycle of poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2008. They focus on fostering quality education, building sustainable communities and connecting underdeveloped communities to limitless possibilities. They envision a world where all children are provided the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential and become drivers of change within their communities. Everyday they are working to make this dream a reality by increasing access to resources, developing sustainable models, and investing in future initiatives.

Behavior Links
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Behavior Links is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those with special needs by enhancing their abilities via education and training offered for free or at a low cost.

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We find new ways to raise awareness, increase outreach and facilitate collaboration in an effort to promote mental fitness.

Children’s Bereavement Center
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The Children’s Bereavement Center mission is to help children, young adults and their families adjust to life after the loss of a loved one within a supportive community of their peers, and to promote healthful grief, healing and growth.

Cure SMA
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Cure SMA chapters provide a base of community and support for families affected by SMA, work together to organize Walk-n-Rolls or other fundraising events, and keep their members informed of opportunities for local advocacy and awareness.

Debbie’s Dream Foundation
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Curing Stomach Cancer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.

Do Away with SMA
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Do Away With SMA is dedicated to the creation, development and execution of unique projects and programs for the purpose of increasing the public’s awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (“SMA”), and raising donations for medical research and assistance for families affected by SMA.

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Emunah’s mission is to help alleviate the burdens of Israel’s social problems, to strengthen Israeli society through excellent education and support services for children and adults, and to provide vital services to its citizens during times of crisis.

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
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The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

Every Mother Counts
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Every mother counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. We inform, engage, and mobilize new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world.

Friends of the IDF
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To offer educational, cultural, recreational and social services programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.

Fundacion Catisa
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The mission of Fundacion Catisa is to improve the lives of children in Colombia by providing emotional, psychological, financial and educational support. We strive to provide personal assistance to children in Colombia who are at high-risk and who have limited access to resources, appropriate education, and/or support from their family and society.

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The HIV, Education and Law Project, HELP Inc., provides a voice for the disenfranchised through the provision of free legal services to indigent people infected with, and affected by HIV/AIDS in South Florida. HELP represents clients in matters ranging from housing and employment discrimination to family law matters, and helps place children in stable homes after losing their parents to the virus.

Kids of Courage
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Kids of Courage is a groundbreaking volunteer centric organization, dedicated to the support of sick children and their families, day and night, 365 days a year. Founded in 2008, Kids of Courage is committed to change the way people look at illness, and open up a world of support, hope and opportunity for every sick child and family, no matter how serious the diagnosis is.

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Like our namesake – Martha “Mumu” Serra Mohr, the MUMU Fund is triumphing over pancreatic cancer with courage and grace by “Making Us More Unafraid.” Through the MUMU Fund, we seek to promote support and solidarity amongst cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

South Dade YMCA
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The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We cherish and instill our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn grow and thrive.

Special Compass
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Special Compass is a Non-Profit, 501(c)3 organization.The purpose of Special Compass (SC) is to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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Become a St. Jude Hero. Take an important step toward finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Through generous support of fundraisers and their donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. Do more with your race. Be a Hero, and run for the kids of St. Jude. Visit to learn more.

Team Friendship 
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The Friendship Circle, with its 90 worldwide chapters, creates meaningful relationships between teen volunteers and children with special needs. Together, dreams are ignited, confidence is increased and the world views of both are redefined.

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Team HEART will be raising funds for Project HEART, a Utah based program, founded in 1992, with the mission of providing support, encouragement, education and love, to the thousands of teens in Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) throughout the State of Utah and its surrounding states. Throughout it’s almost 25 years of existence, Project HEART has transformed thousands of lives of teens and their families, and the dedicated athletes of Team HEART are hoping to help Project HEART continue making a difference.

Team Lifeline
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Team Lifeline is the innovative, effective training program that will get you ready to meet your goal of crossing the finish line the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. To join, participants commit to raising funds for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network. Chai Lifeline’s mission is to enhance the lives of seriously ill children and their families through activities that offer friendship, good times, great memories and emotional or social support.

The money raised by Team Lifeline supports Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, Chai Lifeline’s renowned, medically supervised overnight camps designed to meet the medical and social needs of very sick children and teenagers.

Team Momentum
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Team Momentum is Muscular Dystrophy Association’s endurance program that empowers individuals of all athletic abilities to train and dedicate miles to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.

Team NES
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Team NES is a group of friends and families that have come together to raise awareness and research funds for Myotonic Dystrophy, which is one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy. This is a rare and progressive genetic disorder and for which there’s no cure or treatment.

Scientific researchers are working hard to further understand the mechanism responsible for the disease: some labs are now in the process of bringing potential treatments to trial. Significant progress has been achieved over the past few years, but there’s still a lot of research work ahead of us in order to bring a cure and treatment to the many families that are living with this disease.
100% of the donations received will be used to fund research projects, and not any administrative or overhead expenses.
Please take a minute to learn more about Myotonic Dystrophy at

Team Shuzz
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We are a non-profit organization that functions on volunteers, existing to provide new shoes to children in poverty-stricken areas around the world. We distribute thousands of shoes free of charge to children – regardless of race, religion, class or any other criteria – who are in need of a very basic tool to prevent them from risk. Their needs are simple: a pair of shoes that fit properly. This helps protect from injury and prevent disease, enhancing safety when playing, doing chores and going to school.

Team World Vision
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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Team Yachad
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Team Yachad is the only international organization promoting inclusion for children and adults with disabilities in the broader Jewish community. Because Everyone Belongs!

The Blue Card
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The Jewish Community Services Alliance (JCS) has partnered with The Blue Card to provide additional financial assistance for Holocaust Survivors living in Miami-Dade. Since 2013, the Team raised nearly $100,000. Jewish Community Services of South Florida serves more than 600 Survivors in Miami-Dade with a comprehensive range of programs so they can continue to live at home with independence and dignity. The Blue Card, a national charity providing financial assistance to needy Survivors, relies on JCS to determine eligibility as well provide services to needy clients in Miami-Dade.