UPS for DownS Endurance Team

Be a Charity Athlete – Do the Distance for Down syndrome

UPS for DownS is a race-designated charity for the 

Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 

SuperRun Chicago and 

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K.  

UPS for DownS also has endurance athletes who compete in triathlons, ultramarathons, ironman races and more.  All raise awareness and funds for UPS for DownS.  If you are interested in participating in one of our signature events, or wish to compete as a Charity Athlete in another event, contact us at to discuss how we can work together.

Each UPS for DownS Charity Athlete receives:

  • A custom UPS for DownS race shirt or singlet (signature events only);
  • Participation in Endurance Team e-group with exchange of advice and recommendations about training and fundraising;
  • FREE training through CARA for Full events (optional)
  • Team pasta dinner for Chicago Marathon
  • Personal fundraising web page

Not an athlete?  We are always in need of volunteers at these incredibly fun events. Volunteer activities include cheering on runners, Adopt-a-Runner, passing out water, assisting at team fun runs, helping with the Endurance Team Committee.  We promise that none of these activities require running, swimming or biking insane distances (though hanging around these athlete types might inspire you to put down the donut and go for a walk)!

For more information on how to be a Charity Athlete for UPS for DownS, contact us at with information about your area of interest (athlete or volunteer or both), your specific event, contact information, including phone and address, and why you are interested in UPS for DownS (neighbor, classmate, brother/niece with Down syndrome, special education teacher, Special Olympics coach, etc).

100% of the funds raised by the UPS for Downs Marathon Team fund The Katie MacDonald Down Syndrome Literacy Project.


Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.

Can I help my Friend?

Yes! Play with and talk to people with Down syndrome. If they are having trouble playing a game, give them time and a little extra help or ask them what game they would like to play. Be clear in what you are saying. Find out what your friend likes to do. Just hang out together and see what happens. You are more alike than you are different.