Interested in fundraising for a charity? We offer many options to support worthy organizations throughout the country. With a minimum donation of financial support (varies by charity), you’ll receive a guaranteed race entry to a Big Sur Marathon event and, in some cases, online training and/or other benefits from the charity including the camaraderie and special feeling of helping others.

When considering the charity fundraising option, please keep in mind that it is unfair to commit if you have no real intention or realistic possibility of raising the agreed fundraising target. Don’t be put off by the amount that has to be raised; fundraising isn’t as difficult as you might expect, especially if you start early and get family and friends to help. If possible, look to a charity that has meaning for you, whether in memory of a family member, to support a friend, or because of your own personal experience.

Note that many of our charity partners have sold all of their entries for April 2022–but we encourage you contact any and all of the charities that interest you to see if they may still have openings.

Our 2022 Official Charity Partners

Allyson Whitney Foundation

Allyson Whitney Foundation empowers and fights for the interest of young adults with ratre cancers, shining a spotlight on ‘rare” and an underserved demographic. 

Race category: Marathon


 American Cancer Society 

American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer by funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention.

Race Category: Marathon


Autism Speaks 

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Race Category: Marathon


Back on My Feet

Back on My Feet operates in 14 major U.S. cities to combat homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.


Race Category: Marathon


Children of Peru

Children of Peru raises funds to make grants to a select group of non-governmental organizations working in Peru to provide better healthcare and education for poor children.

Race Category: Marathon


Every Mother Counts  email:

Every Mother Counts educates the public about maternal health issues and solutions, and invests in community-led programs to improve access to essential maternity care.

Race Categories: Marathon, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K, 5K, Relay


Extra Mile Pediatrics

Extra Mile Pediatrics is a medical mission organization providing repeated healthcare for all children in communities of Central America where families cannot access care.



Race Category: Marathon


Fundraise for Homes for Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post 9/11 veterans to enable them to rebuild their lives.



Race Categories: Marathon, 11-Miler


Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Lazarex provides resources for cancer patients who have been told they have no other options but who are not yet done with their journey in life and refuse to give up.


Race Category: Marathon


LUNGevity Foundation

LUNGevity Foundation is the nation’s leading lung cancer organization focused on improving outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education, support, and policy initiatives.


Race Category: Marathon


Move for Hunger 

Move for Hunger works with moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to to donate their food when they move to provide meals to children, families, and seniors in vulnerable communities.


Race Category: Marathon


Fundraise for the Organization for Autism Research

Organization for Autism Research 

Organization for Autism Research funds raised directly support research and programs that help parents, families, and educators in the autism community.


Race Category: Marathon



Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s Disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure.


Race Category: Marathon


Smile Train

Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft-focused organization and has supported safe and quality cleft care for more than 1.5 million children over the last 20 years.



Race Categories: Marathon and Relay