Race for a Cause

The 2023 Charity Program is now seeking Marathon & 10 Mile participants! 

Looking for the courage to sign up for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or Medtronic TC 10 Mile, or the motivation to make it to the finish line? We have you covered! If you are looking for a cause to add depth to your experience, Twin Cities In Motion’s Charity Program has a variety of causes to ignite your fitness journey at Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend. 

Better yourself AND your community. Race for a cause!

Add meaning to your miles by participating in our community and charity program. Sign up with official charity partners of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile by letting us know you're interested here

Questions? Please email oliviag@tcmevents.org for more information. 



Givengain is Twin Cities In Motion’s preferred fundraising platform. Click here to donate to a Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Official Charity Partner.  

TCM Premier Charity Partners

Brave Like Gabe

*This charity has entries into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile only 

The Brave Like Gabe Foundation is an organization in memorial of Gabrielle “Gabe” Grunewald and her battle with an incurable salivary gland cancer. Their mission is to support rare cancer research and empower all cancer survivors through physical activity. They value hope, joy, kindness, bravery, equity, community, and integrity.  

Want to join their team? Contact Alyssa Hawkins, alyssa@bravelikegabe.org, 651-460-9662 

Firefly Sisterhood - FULL

*This charity has entries into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile only 

Firefly Sisterhood’s mission is to foster one-to-one social and emotional connections between women who are impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis and inspirational survivors. The support services are free and can be delivered at the time of diagnosis, during treatment, and into survivorship. Their overarching goal is a future where no woman faces breast cancer alone. 

Want to join their team? Contact Genna Haddad, genna.haddad@fireflysisterhood.org 


Venture focuses their efforts on marginalized communities to address systemic injustices. They work to address immediate needs while simultaneously developing long-term programs that will break cycles of starvation, lack of education, human trafficking, and more.  

Want to join their team? Contact Candace Hurckman, candace@venture.org, 612-704-1394  

World Vision

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 cause of poverty and injustice. They pursue their mission with a commitment to transformational development, emergency relief, promotion of justice, and more.  

Want to join their team? Contact Nick Muroki, nmuroki@worldvision.org, 724-882-1382   

TCM Major Charity Partners

Can Do Canines - FULL

*This charity has entries into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile only 

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. They envision a world where people with disabilities live free and independent lives.  

Want to join their team? Contact Sheila Ross, sross@candocanines.org, 763-200-1409 

Children’s Surgery International - FULL

*This charity has entries into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile only 

Children’s Surgery International provides free pediatric medical and surgical services, along with professional education and training, to communities in need around the world. They make a difference by spreading a message of hope.   

Want to join their team? Contact Veronika Skorich, veronika@childrenssurgeryintl.org, 612-746-4082  

Rare Disease Renegades

*This charity has entries into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile only 

Rare Disease Renegades offer effective, life-saving treatments developed through collaborations with world-renowned researchers and clinicians, and in partnership with generous donors. They develop custom therapeutics that are as unique to the individual they are meant to treat.  

Want to join their team? Contact Billy Lester, admin@rarediseaserenegades.org, 516-296-0923  

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity - FULL

*This charity has entries into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile only 

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity brings people together to create, preserve, and promote affordable homeownership and advance racial equity in housing. Their vision is an equitable Twin Cities region where all families have access to the transformational power of homeownership.  

Want to join their team? Contact Bjorn Erickson, bjorn.erickson@tchabitat.org  

Partnering Charities


SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) aims to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.  

Want to join their team? Contact Pete Thiesen, ptheisen@save.org   

Wildflyer Coffee - 10 MILE FULL

Wildflyer Coffee has a mission to create employment opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability through the cultivation of life skills and personal empowerment.  

Want to join their team? Contact Carley Kammerer, julia@wildflyercoffee.com, 917-439-5437  

Participating Charities

Achieving Cures Together

Achieving Cures Together has a mission to save lives by advancing microbiome research.  

Want to join their team? Contact Christie Lansdowne, info@achievingcures.com, 763-259-5766  


The ALS Association has a mission to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.  

Want to join their team? Contact John Cronin, john.cronin@als.org, 612-767-6264  

Be the Match 

Be the Match aims to save lives through cellular therapy.  

Want to join their team? Contact Angie Larson, alarson2@nmdp.org, 507-319-9315  

Children’s Minnesota


Children’s Minnesota champions the health needs of children and families. They are committed to improving children’s health by providing the highest-quality, family-centered care, advanced through research and education.  

Want to join their team? Contact Lan Freitag, lan.Freitag@childrensmn.org, 952-992-5718  

Crescent Cove - 10 MILE FULL

Crescent Cove offers care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life-expectancy, and their families who love them.  

Want to join their team? Contact Jenny Floria, jenny.floria@crescentcove.org, 952-426-4711  

debra of America

debra of America’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).  

Want to join their team? Contact Jason Kelly, jason@debra.org, 212-868-1573  


HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. They surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope is a powerful medicine.  

Want to join their team? Contact Josh Taylor, josh@hopekids.org, 800-319-5845  

Jack’s Basket - 10 MILE FULL

Jack’s Basket celebrates babies with Down syndrome. They strive to ensure that every new and expectant parent is provided resources and avenues of support within the community.  

Want to join their team? Contact Carissa Carroll, info@jacksbasket.org, 651-456-8321  

Mental Health Minnesota

Mental Health Minnesota works to advance mental health and well-being for all, increase access to mental health treatment and services, and provide education, resources and support across Minnesota.  

Want to join their team? Contact Shannah Mulvihill, shannahm@mentalhealthmn.org, 651-493-6634  

Mile in My Shoes - 10 MILE FULL

Mile in My Shoes (MiMS) uses the power of running to bring people together from diverse backgrounds to build connections, boost wellness, spark social change, and center people traditionally excluded from running spaces.  

Want to join their team? Contact Sarah Stuhr, sarah@mileinmyshoes.mn    

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans - 10 MILE FULL

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V) aims to end Veteran homelessness in Minnesota.  

Want to join their team? Contact Shaun Riffe, sriffe@mac-v.org, 612-249-7098  

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists because there are people with MS. Their vision is a world free of MS.  

Want to join their team? Contact Shannon Feeney, shannon.feeney@nmss.org, 708-724-7811  

Team RWB

Team Red, White & Blue aims to enrich veterans’ lives.  

Want to join their team? Contact Dan Zirbes, dan.zirbes@teamrwb.org, 612-385-3873  

Unite 2 Fight Paralysis - FULL

Unite 2 Fight Paralysis unites and empowers the international spinal cord injury community to cure paralysis through advocacy, education, and support for research.  

Want to join their team? Contact Lucia Webb, luciawebb@u2fp.org, 888-564-2228  

Youth Frontiers  

Youth Frontiers has a mission to provide experiences that inspire character, civility, and community.  

Want to join their team? Contact Riley Moynihan, rmoynihan@youthfrontiers.org, 952-922-0352  

Contributing Charities

American Cancer Society - FULL

American Cancer Society strives to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.  

Want to join their team? Contact Jessica Bloodgood, Jessica.bloodgood@cancer.org, 312-967-8107  

Angelman Syndrome Foundation - FULL

Angelman Syndrome Foundation has a mission to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, their families and other concerned parties.  

Want to join their team? Contact Amanda Moore, amoore@angelman.org, 630-978-4245  

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Breast Cancer Research Foundation aims to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.  

Want to join their team? Contact Christine Ward, cward@bcrf.org, 646-497-2638  

EB Research Partnership

EB Research Partnership has a mission to build a faster path to curing epidermolysis bullosa.  

Want to join their team? Contact Allison McGettigan, allison@ebresearch.org, 646-844-0902  

Firefighters for Healing 

Firefighters for Healing - FULL

Firefighters for Healing supports burn survivor patients & helps firefighters and first responders pivot after a line of duty injury or medical diagnosis.  

Want to join their team? Contact Kelley Danielson, kelley.danielson@firefightersforhealing.org, 612-200-4821 

George Floyd Global Memorial  

George Floyd Global Memorial is and will continue to be living a memorial that inspires all people to pursue justice.  

Want to join their team? Contact Jeanelle Austin, jeanelle@gfgmemorial.org, 612-900-2340  

Gilda’s Club Twin Cities

Gilda’s Club Twin Cities strives to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.  

Want to join their team? Contact Katherine Todd, katherine.todd@gildasclubtwincities.org

Heal the Planet Together

Heal the Planet Together has a mission to educate and empower humanity about the power of our daily choices and the huge impact these choices have on the health and wellbeing of the planet.  

Want to join their team? Contact Ayenza Matthews, ayenza@healtheplanet.com, 954-325-2020  

Lymphoma Research Foundation

Lymphoma Research Foundation has a goal to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by disease.  

Want to join their team? Contact Fatima Hameed, fhameed@lymphoma.org, 347-920-8535  

National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society unrelentingly invests in, mobilizes, and unites the brain tumor community to discover a cure, deliver effective treatments, and advocate for patients and caregivers.  

Want to join their team? Contact Nikki Margeson, endurance@braintumor.org, 617-237-1744  

Open Arms of Minnesota - 10 MILE FULL

Open Arms of Minnesota nourishes their clients and builds community by providing food as medicine.  

Want to join their team? Contact Dana Kuehn, dana@openarmsmn.org, 612-677-2562  

Open Your Heart to the Hungry & Homeless 

Open Your Heart to the Hungry & Homeless believes that every Minnesota should be free from hunger and homelessness. They make an impact by partnering with those who serve people in need, growing donor engagement and increasing awareness.  

Want to join their team? Contact Jessica Mathias, jmathias@oyh.org, 612-338-5577  

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy fights to end Duchenne. They accelerate research, raise their voices to impact policy, demand optimal care for every single family, and strive to ensure access to approved therapies.  

Want to join their team? Contact Jamie Jones, jamie@parentprojectmd.org, 631-806-6918  

Project Purple - 5K SPOTS AVAILABLE

Project Purple was created to raise awareness, support patients and families affected by the disease, and fund research efforts to defeat pancreatic cancer.  

Want to join their team? Contact Vin Kampf, vin@projectpurple.org, 203-714-6052  


QUEERSPACE Collective creates space for LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe and empowered to their true selves.  

Want to join their team? Contact Elizabeth Olson, elizabeth@queerspacecollective.org, 651-269-8381  

Ruff Start Rescue - FULL

Ruff Start Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need. They improve animal welfare in communities through adoption, education, and providing resources for people and pets.  

Want to join their team? Contact Brittany Murnan, Brittany.murnan@ruffstartrescue.org, 763-355-3981  

Special Olympics Minnesota - MARATHON FULL

Special Olympics Minnesota has a mission to create a new world of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities by providing year-round sports training and athletic competitions, inclusive healthcare programs, leadership and advocacy training, and inclusive school programs.  

Want to join their team? Contact Heather Fleetwood, heather.fleetwood@somn.org, 763-270-7143  

Talons Reach Foundation - FULL

Talons Reach Foundation is passionate about serving the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community. Their goal is to offer our nation’s SOF warriors an opportunity to find sanctuary, mindfulness, and access to the tools and resources necessary to accelerate their path to recovery through their carefully tailored TRF Program nurturing personal growth and self-discovery.

Want to join their team? Contact Nick Jones, nick@talonsreachfoundation.org, 913-314-7608  


TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) aims to improve the lives of those who are living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, by raising critical funds to support the programs of AIDS Foundation Chicago.  

Want to join their team? Contact Jonathan Harris, jharris@aidschicago.org, 312-334-0967  

The Adventure Project

The Adventure Project creates jobs that address basic needs, so that entire communities in Africa can work their own way out of extreme poverty, for good. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to work, thrive, and build a better future for themselves and their families.

Want to join their team? Contact Michael Pelehach, michael.pelehach@theadventureproject.org, 336-314-0926


VraniCURE has a mission to fund research for metastatic breast cancer while educating and bringing awareness to the disease. 

Want to join their team? Contact Jacquelyn Vranicar, Jacquelyn_vranicar@yahoo.com, 952-913-5682  

TCM Community Partners

1K12M One Kidney, 12 Marathons

In 2023, kidney donor athletes Matt Cavanuagh and Hilary Baude will take on the 1K12M challenge, completing 12 marathons within one year – shattering the misperception that kidney donation imposes physical limits on donors. The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on October 1 will be Matt & Hilary’s 8th marathon of the year!   

Matt Cavanaugh, m.cavanaugh@nkdo.org, 651-261-4436  

Girls on the Run Minnesota

Girls on the Run Minnesota inspires girls in the 3rd to 5th grades to be joyful, healthy and confident by combining training for a 3.1 mile race with important lessons about body image, healthy living, friendship and more. It takes an entire community to empower young girls to live to their potential.  

Liz Gallardo, elizabeth.gallardo@gotrmn.org, 612-314-5114  

Minnesota Distance Elite

Minnesota Distance Elite is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Distance Training Center is a coordinated effort to bring local resources together to improve post-collegiate American distance running and develop Olympians. It was formed in January 2001 and began selecting athletes - primarily from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest - in April of that year. The Minnesota Distance Elite Training Center builds on the state's long and proud history of producing talented runners and Olympians.  

Dave Smisek, djsmisek@msn.com, 651-208-5453