Be a part of the cure. Join Team ChadTough to raise awareness and funds to fight pediatric brain cancer!

Team ChadTough is a group of individuals raising funds and awareness for pediatric brain cancer with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) through racing events at a variety of skill levels. Whether it’s a 5k or a marathon, the important thing is racing on behalf of The ChadTough Foundation and having a powerful, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“Running for recreation became running for a purpose as I trained for Chicago and began fundraising. Marathon training is not easy, though. During tough workouts or early mornings, I kept thinking about how my challenges are nothing like what children with DIPG and their families face. I heard similar sentiments from other team members over and over. The collective commitment to the mission of ChadTough was immensely encouraging.” – Erica Crawford, 2017 Chicago Marathon participant

Join the Team

You don’t have to be a marathon runner to be a part of Team ChadTough – race options are available for all skill levels! You will receive plenty of support from other members of the team as you help fund research to fight pediatric brain cancer with an emphasis on the deadliest form, DIPG.

What you will get as a part of Team ChadTough:

  • Access to an online fundraising page you can customize and share as an easy way for your supporters to donate.
  • Connection to a fundraising and training coach who will be available to help you plan your fundraising efforts and prepare for your race.
  • Access to Team ChadTough’s private Facebook group to connect with other members on the team and share fundraising tips, training tips, and advice.
  • Regular reminders and encouragement that your efforts are having an impact on the lives of children and families affected by pediatric brain cancer, specifically DIPG.
  • A custom Team ChadTough singlet to wear on race day.

Please note that as of January 1, 2020, The ChadTough Foundation no longer is able to provide bibs for any race. You must gain your own entry and cover your own costs and entry fees.

“This marathon has changed my life! I can and will continue to serve this greater purpose. I trained with Chad in my heart and mind and I know that he was running by my side. He guided and led our team to a safe and successful journey! I finished the marathon with a smile on my face and a prayer in my heart that families will find successful treatments and a cure for their children with DIPG.” – Matt Barnes, 2017 Chicago Marathon participant

Why ChadTough?

The ChadTough Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to fund research and raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Participating in Team ChadTough is your opportunity to help change the survival rate for DIPG patients, which is currently 0%! Every child deserves a chance to survive cancer. No parent should ever have to face a terminal diagnosis for a child! Learn more about the foundation.

Ready to join our team?

Create your own opportunity through our Any Race Any Time program.

Additional Benefits

Once you meet your fundraising commitment, you will get rewarded with exclusive Team ChadTough gear for additional fundraising. For more details about the current gear, go to our Any Race Any Time page.


We want to make this as easy as possible for you. Please find below links to files you may want to leverage as you begin your fundraising journey.