Run the 2021 Los Angeles Marathon or Charity Challenge 13.1 for a reason bigger than yourself. Make a difference by running for The McCourt Foundation or one of our amazing nonprofit partners listed below. Reach out directly to the organizations that interest you to learn more about fundraising requirements, team perks, and why you should run for charity! The charity you choose will provide you with a link to register for either the marathon or the Charity Challenge 13.1.

Run for Team TMF

Team TMF

The McCourt Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of patients and families affected by health challenges and neurological diseases. TMF has partnered with some of the top neurological departments in the country and invested in research and preventative treatments for Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, MS and other life-altering illnesses. Running the Los Angeles Marathon or Charity Challenge 13.1 for Team TMF will help fund grants for neurological research in the Los Angeles area.

For more information or to join Team TMF, contact Vanessa Ruezga – Team Captain l 213-542-3007


Angel City Pit Bulls

Angel City Pit Bulls is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better future for pit bulls through education, public advocacy, adoptions, and owner support.

For more information or to join the Angel City Pit Bulls Team, contact:
Tracy Lopez - Team Captain | | 818-497-0749

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

For more information or to join the St. Jude Team, contact:
Ryanne Tejada | | 213-215-2679

Los Angeles Community College District

WeRun4HomelessStudents is an important fundraising campaign at the Los Angeles Community College District, with 14,000-plus homeless and food-insecure students attending our classes. Our Stride4Life Program hosts this campaign, bringing together administration, faculty, staff, students and our community to help support economically disadvantaged students complete their education while our employees get healthy and fit.

For more information or to join the LACCD team, contact:
Katrelia Walker | | 310-292-4306

Students Run LA

Students Runs LA (SRLA) is celebrating our 32nd Season! Each year, SRLA creates a safe, supportive community at 185 public schools across Greater Los Angeles from communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 health crisis, welcoming more than 3,250 students of all backgrounds and abilities to train alongside their volunteer teachers to complete the Los Angeles Marathon. Through this life-changing experience, students discover their best selves and learn how to make plans for the future. Help keep students running through the pandemic and train beside them at virtual events all season long.

For more information or to join the SRLA Team, contact:
Cassidy Smith | | (818)654-3360

Team World Vision

Team World Vision is a community of people running for clean water and fullness of life for children and families around the world. $50 provides life-changing clean water to children in need. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the World. Last year we reached over 4.6 million new people with clean water.

For more information or to join Team World Vision, contact:
Kailey VanderBaan | | 562-972-4539 

Train 4 Autism

Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with Autism. Train 4 Autism, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established by families of children affected by this disorder. Our mission is to empower the millions of Americans that are touched by Autism through involvement in endurance events. Our goals are to engage families, raise funds for research and direct treatment, while promoting awareness, education, and community support.

For more information or to join the Train 4 Autism Team, contact:
Rolf Henricksson | | 310-259-2096

Featured Charities

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For more information or to join the Alzheimer's Association Team, contact:
Rachel Schall | | 323-486-6447

American Cancer Society / Team DetermiNation

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program will help you achieve your personal race goals and change the course of cancer forever. The American Cancer Society will help you finish your upcoming race and together we can achieve a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.

For more information or to join the American Cancer Society Team, contact:
Kelsey Davis | 805-644-4237

Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles

The Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles provides tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic elementary and high schools within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

For additional information or to join The Catholic Education, contact:
Juan B. Munoz Jr. |

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The mission of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is to create hope and build healthier futures for the children and families we serve. CHLA relies on the generosity of our community philanthropists to support compassionate patient care, leading-edge education of the next generation of caregivers, and innovative research efforts that impact children at our hospital and around the world.

For more information or to join the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Team contact:
Michael Sandler || (323) 361-1744

Kitten Rescue

Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to finding loving homes for homeless cats and kittens. We rescue animals from the streets of Los Angeles and from City Shelter euthanasia. Since 1997, Kitten Rescue has found loving homes for over 18,000 animals, while thousands more have been helped through our volunteer-fueled education and outreach programs.

For more information or to join the Kitten Rescue Team, contact:
Sandra Harrison | | 818-339-1029

Students Off And Running (SOAR)

Support a life changing tradition of proven excellence! For more than a decade, Students Off And Running (SOAR) has provided a fully supported, no cost LA Marathon training experience to hundreds of kids in need living in the Santa Clarita Valley, reporting an astounding 100% marathon completion rate since their first students took to the streets of LA in 2007! Thank you for your generous contribution!

For more information or to join the Students Off And Running Team, contact:
Kevin Sarkissian | | 661-877-7024

Teen Cancer America

Our mission is to improve the experience, outcomes and survival of teens and young adults with cancer by providing facilities and programs designed especially for them in hospitals throughout the USA.

For more information or to join the Teen Cancer America Team, contact:
Michelle Meyer | | 310-208-0400

Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund

The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund, founded more than 113-years ago, is non-profit charity dedicated to helping the families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty or facing other crisis.

For more information or to join the L.A. Fire Team, contact:
L.A. Fire Team Liaison | | 323-259-5216


American Diabetes Association

The mission of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes. We deliver services to hundreds of communities. We provide objective and credible information. We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

For more information, contact:
James Greenebaum | | 323-966-2890

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. We engage in the following core strategies:
• Funding scientific research
• Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
• Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
• Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

For More Information or to join the AFSP Team, contact:
Matt Magana | | 909-800-4969

Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP)

Team AMP (AADAP Marathon Program) is the official endurance event training team for AADAP. This is Team AMP’s seventh season as an Official Charity with the Los Angeles Marathon.Over 200 individuals have participated with Team AMP in the last 7 years, all together raising over $200,000 to support AADAP’s programs and mission to “Change Lives and Save Families”.

For more information or to join Team AMP, contact:
Paulina Hong | | 323-293-6284

beit t'shuvah

The Running 4 Recovery team supports the residents at Beit T’Shuvah who are working hard every day to turn their lives around. For three decades, Beit T’Shuvah’s unique approach to recovery has been helping people struggling with addiction to rebuild their lives. We have provided treatment to thousands of addicts and their families, most of which cannot afford to pay. When you join our team, you can be the difference in saving someone’s life.

For more information or to join the Beit T'Shuvah Team, contact: Jillian Coventry | | 310-204-5200

City of Hope

City of Hope is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide and is an independent biomedical, research, treatment and educational institution. Hope Sweat & Cures is City of Hope's fitness and fundraising campaign that raises funds for City of Hope research and treatment programs through endurance events.

For additional information or to join the City of Hope team, contact:
Kevin McQuhae | | 626-218-3792


Concern Foundation for Cancer Research's mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential salary support funds in the early yet critical stages of discovery and the understanding of cancer. With 90-95% of net proceeds going directly to research, Concern has raised more than $60 million dollars and funded 750 cancer research scientists studying cancer.

For more information or to join the Concern Foundation Team, contact:

Wendy Ohye | | 310-360-6100

Connecting to Cure Crohn's and Colitis

Connecting to Cure Crohn's and Colitis unites the IBD community to promote public awareness about Crohn’s and colitis, to fund research for new treatments and cures, and to support patients and their families living with these chronic illnesses.

For more information or to join the Connection to Cure Crohn's and Colitis team, contact:
Stacy Dylan | | (310) 991-8593


empowerHER® was formed in 2013 with a very specific mission - to empower, support + connect girls and young women who have experienced the loss of their mothers. empowerHER brings girls of all ages together in year-round events designed to build a supportive community and remind girls they are not alone in their grief. A 1:1 mentor match program pairs girls with positive role models from the community who lift her up - giving her hope, strength and self-confidence.  empowerHER is a true pioneer in children's bereavement and has been writing the "playbook" for serving girls in a non-therapeutic and community-based model.  Founded in Boston and serving girls across New England, empowerHER recently launched the Southern California Chapter!  empowerHER is completely free of charge to the family and has remained volunteer-driven.

For more information or to join the empowerHER team, contact:

Ann Marie Leitao | | 774-254-5937

Gary Sinise Foundation

The Gary Sinise Foundation serves and honors our nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. We do this through four established programs that seek to address our defenders’ complex and ever-changing needs before, during, and after the battle.

For more information or to join the Gary Sinise Foundation Team, contact:
Hannah Luppino |

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build and repair more than 1,300 homes locally and worldwide since 1990, to help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future.

For more information or to join the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Team, contact:
Marina Garcia| | (310) 818-5230

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is focused on finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, and empowering the patients and families whose lives are touched by this disease. Founded in 1997, the foundation funds groundbreaking scientific research, provides patient education and support, and sustains hope that this cancer will be eradicated once and for all.

For more information or to join the Hirshberg team:
Martin Fung | | 310-473-5121

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles

The mission of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles is to assist youth in achieving their full potential through innovative, impactful programs, including mentorship, college guidance, Camp Bob Waldorf and Teen Talk.

For more information or to join the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles team, contact:
Courtney Tambornino | | 323-456-1144

K9 Youth Alliance

K9 Youth Alliance is a grassroots nonprofit that enriches the lives of young people while they help prepare abandoned dogs for permanent homes. Our programs aim to empower young people by showing them just how much they have to give to some of our community's most vulnerable members, abandoned shelter dogs. The shelter dogs in our programs receive much-needed socialization and training and learn it's safe to trust again.

For More Information or to join the AFSP Team, contact:
Sara du Bouchet | | 646-342-9167

Keep a Child Alive

Co-funded by Alicia Keys, KCA has been on the forefront of the global AIDS crisis for the last 15 years and is dedicated to working towards an AIDS-free generation by combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV and AIDS. KCA collaborates with local partners in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and India to address the most pressing needs faced by vulnerable people and their families affected by HIV/AIDS.

For More Information or to join the Keep a Child Alive Team, contact:
Victoire Cleren | | 646-975-5559

My Friend's Place

For more than 30 years, My Friend’s Place has been assisting and inspiring homeless youth in Los Angeles to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place supports more than 1,400 homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, each year, helping our homeless young people to move toward wellness, stability and self-sufficiency.

For more information or to join the My Friend's Place team, contact:
Joshua Hoffman |

North Valley Caring Services

North Valley Caring Services' (NVCS) mission is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community’s future and actively engage in solving local problem. Annually, NVCS offers educational and supportive programs to 2,300 families and 1,400 homeless individuals.

For more information or to join the NVCS team, contact:
Ric Wilson - Team Captain | | 818-581-6778

Organization for Autism Research

The Organization for Autism Research is the only autism charity that focuses solely on applied research. Funds raised directly support research and programs that help parents, families, and educators in the autism community on a daily basis. Join the RUN FOR AUTISM - LA Team for the Los Angeles Marathon!

For more information or to join the Organization for Autism Research team, contact:
Sean Flynn | | 703-243-8020

OutRight Action International

OutRight Action International fights for human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight works at the international, regional and national levels to research, document, defend, and advance human rights for LGBTIQ people around the world.

For more information or to join the OutRight Action International team, contact:
Cäcille Ealy | | (212) 430-6057

Peyton's Project

Peyton's Project creates Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) awareness through events, fundraisers, media, and advocating for research and experimental drugs. We financially support research and treatment centers for those affected by DMD. Lastly, we help bridge the gap between needed medical devices and what heath insurance believes is medically necessary. We ultimately want to find a cure.

For more information or to join the Peyton's Project team, contact:
Ethan Marquez | | (661) 402-1996

Public Counsel

Public Counsel is the nation’s largest provider of pro bono legal services, delivering justice, hope and opportunity to communities throughout the United States. We work to provide critical, one-on-one legal help to children, veterans, refugees and families struggling with poverty. Together we are building a stronger nation.  

To learn more or to join the Public Counsel team, contact:
Erin Farrell - Team Captain | | 213-637-3841

The Children’s Heart Foundation

The Children’s Heart Foundation is the leading organization solely dedicated to research funding for congenital heart defects (CHDs), the most commonly occurring birth defect. Approximately 1 in 110 children are born with a CHD, or a child born every 15 minutes in the U.S. Our mission is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects by funding the most promising research.

For more information or to join The Children’s Heart Foundation , contact:
Mike Tancredi | | 224-458-4507

The Pablove Foundation

At The Pablove Foundation, we are helping kids with cancer live a love-filled life today, and a cancer-free life tomorrow. Our mission: Improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts. Invest in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research. Join Team Pablove! In addition to a race entry, we offer a training program for all registrants.

For more information or to join The Pablove Foundation team, contact:
Ryan Kelly | | 323-657-5557

To Write Love on Her Arms

To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.

For more information or to join To Write Love on Her Arms team, contact:
Amber Gardner | | (321) 499-3901

UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation

The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation raises funds for vital cancer research at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). Since 2014, the FDA has approved 13 therapies that were developed through research conducted in UCLA labs. The JCCC has over 500 scientists and physicians providing state-of-the-art cancer care, and conducting over 400 active clinical trials.

For more information, contact:
RJ DiCamillo, Special Events Manager | | 310-206-0675

Reading To Kids

We are Running for Reading to Kids, a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for success. To this end, Reading to Kids gathers on average 589 children and 306 volunteers at reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight Los Angeles elementary schools.

For more information or to join the Running for Reading to Kids team, contact:
Charlie Orchard |

Race 4 Veronika's Place

Race 4 Veronika's Place supports a food pantry in Dandora, Kenya. We are parishioners at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Each year, our parish travels to Kenya to visit this community. If you are looking for a unique experience and feed the poor, visit a community on the other side of the globe, visit our website and learn more about our ministry.

To learn more or to join the Race 4 Veronika's Place team, contact:
Anna Rodrigues - Team Captain | | 310-908-7511

Share a Meal

Our overarching mission is to build caring communities through mobile kitchens selflessly sharing meals and basic necessities with the underserved. Our mobile kitchens are food trucks that arrive on a regular schedule every weekday, rain or shine, at different locations around Los Angeles where people experiencing homelessness are concentrated. We strive to create an individual, human connection with our community.

For more information, contact:
G Bajaj | | 847-802-0039

Special Olympics Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

For more information or to join the SOSC team, contact:
Amber Lasher | | 562-502-1105

The Painted Turtle

The mission of The Painted Turtle is to provide a year-round, authentic camp experience for children with serious medical conditions. The Painted Turtle supports children's medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education and respite for their families. All campers and families attend completely free of charge.

For more information or to join The Painted Turtle team, contact:
Sam Wazorko | | 310-451-1353, ext. 107

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