Thank you for agreeing to participate in Equal Hope's first ever, virtual physical exercise challenge! Our goals for this event are fourfold, to:

1) Educate on Equal Hope's unique mission

2) Foster healthy habits

3) Support a crucial cause

4) Have fun!


Registration: September 14, 2020 through October 4th, 2020

Race: October 5th, 2020 through October 11th, 2020


Equal Hope’s Exercise for Equity virtual race is an opportunity for friends of Equal Hope to help raise awareness of the importance of breast and cervical health for women, to encourage supporters to exercise a bit and to have some fun with friends or family.


Step 1: Join the race by clicking on any “Register” button on this page and follow the steps to completion.


Step 2: Start spreading the news! Create your online event page and ask your friends and family to join your team or donate to the cause.


Step 3: Beginning October 4th, engage in your aerobic activity of choice to achieve your desired number of steps or miles! Make sure to track your progress by either (1) syncing your fitness device, (2) downloading the free Charity Footprints app, or (3) by entering manually!


Race anywhere, anytime, but be sure to enter your stats before the end of the day on October 11th!


Bonus: Share your progress on social media by posting pictures or short videos! Be sure to tag @equalhope_il and use #exerciseforequity


Exercise for Equity is also a competition! For the team that raises the most money, there will be:

  • A team trophy and 5 individual ribbons for the participants, Equal Hope branded water bottles, face masks & $50 Mariano’s gift cards
  • Second place, there will be Equal Hope branded water bottles, face masks & $25.00 Starbucks gift cards
  • Third place will receive Equal Hope branded water bottles and face masks


Not a runner? You don't have to be! Check out this activity step conversion chart to calculate your steps:

*Steps/Minute equals steps per minute. For example: if you ride a bike for 45 minutes at moderate intensity, it would be 45 x 170 = 7,650 steps in that session.


Your contribution towards this cause is tax deductible. You will receive a letter with tax deductible information after the event has concluded.


Equal Hope would like to extend a thank you to our event sponsors:

COMPLETED: 0 steps
TARGET: 20,000,000 steps
RAISED: $ 940
TARGET: $ 50,000
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Equal Hope’s mission is to save women’s lives by eliminating health disparities in Illinois, originally through the lens of breast cancer and now expanding to cervical cancer. We address women’s health holistically with the goal of eliminating inequities in prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship for all women.

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How Your Participation Helps
The funds raised through this event will support our namesake outreach, education and medical navigation services for women from under-resourced communities in Chicago. Equal Hope has been recognized for its data-driven medical navigation services.

Together with our partners, Equal Hope has been able to reduce the breast cancer mortality rates for Black and Brown women in Chicago by 37% over the past ten years by confronting the systemic barriers to better health outcomes.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

This campaign is free to participate in.

However, we encourage you to donate optional/suggested amount during registration or you can always donate any amount on your fundraising page after the registration.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign.

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.