Why join Team Superstars?

The better question is why not. Go the extra mile by adding more purpose to your event and competing on behalf of the most amazing people on earth. Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States, and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children from birth through young adulthood. Children’s is also a nonprofit organization, and we rely on the generosity of our community to provide the best care for children. Learn more about Children’s.

Who joins Team Superstars?

Many members of our team have a direct connection to Children’s. They are parents and grandparents and older siblings. They are employees. They are community members who have a passion for kids. All are inspired to support an organization that is reimagining health care.


“Running for Team Superstars was an inspirational experience. As a Children’s RN, I have the privilege of taking care of amazing kids every single day and as I work with these kids, they remind me of how important it is to love, live, persevere, and to not take life for granted. Taking care of kids with cancer, I have learned how to run a marathon — take it one step at a time — one foot in front of the other —  as most of the kids with cancer do throughout their treatment. It was a pleasure to run for such an amazing cause that is near and dear to my heart!” — Jess, Children’s employee, RN, BSN, CPHON

“Running the Twin Cities Marathon and raising money for Children’s Minnesota was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I had trained for and run a few marathons before but none with the added motivation of my commitment to Children’s. The fundraising aspect was way out of my comfort zone but turned out to be a great opportunity for personal growth. I highly recommend this  to anyone considering it. And by the way, the support from Children’s was awesome.” — Ralph, patient’s grandfather

“Running as a member of Team Superstars for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is more rewarding than any first-place finish. You’re helping kids, which means you’ve already won.” — Jimmy, former Children’s employee

“When Children’s announced Team Superstars’ involvement with Twin Cities Marathon, I was thrilled. I had run in other events and fundraisers, but I really wanted to focus my efforts for Children’s. Our son Sam had extraordinary care from extraordinary clinicians there. I challenged myself to go the 26.2 miles (with Brady’s help, because there were limited spots for the 10-mile). With great support from Children’s Foundation through ongoing news and email updates, as well as supported runs from Mill City Running, we made it to the starting line. On Oct. 4 after more than five hours, I crossed the finish line. If you don’t try, how will you ever know?  This was how Sam lived his life. He taught me well. So I tried. I trained, cried, and shouted for joy when I crossed the finish line. It was so amazing. The 26.2 miles were a physical and emotional journey for me. I know that Sam was proud. I tried and found out that I could do it…that we could do it together. Team Superstars rocks. Join the team and help to ensure a great future for our amazing kids.” — Muffy, patient’s mom

Mill City Running party

2015 Team Superstars runners at a Mill City Running sponsored training run. 

No. However, as a nonprofit organization, we ask athletes to pay their race fee.

Besides making a difference for the most amazing people on earth, our athletes receive:

  • Team Superstars race apparel
  • Fundraising coaching and personal fundraising website
  • Training plan
  • Team reception
  • More incentives will be added!

The fundraising minimum is $750 for  the 2018 Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. The minimum for 2018 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend events has not been determined. There is currently no minimum at this time for alternative events.

We work with every athlete to help ensure he or she is successful in their training and fundraising. We find that the earlier the athlete starts fundraising, the more success he or she will have. However, if the minimum is not reached, we will send an invoice for the balance.

One hundred percent of proceeds goes to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. We encourage athletes to fundraise on behalf of our urgent needs program, which impacts all areas of Children’s. However, we are happy to work with individuals to fundraise for a specific area, such as child life, charitable care or our Cancer Kids Fund.

Yes, donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Donors will receive a receipt.

We provide athletes with an easy-to-use, peer-to-peer fundraising platform called Qgiv (also known as Hobnob). We can work with you to create your fundraising page and build a successful fundraising campaign.

Upon joining Team Superstars, you will receive a confirmation email containing set-up instructions.