Be a part of Prairie Rivers Network’s Miles for Monarchs team and
help raise money for critical wildlife habitat!

Walk or Run. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s important.

Donate now to help the Monarch!

Monarchs go right through Illinois during their 3,000 mile annual migration. You only have to walk 3.1 miles to help us protect the habitat in Illinois that monarchs need!

Clean water flowing through our rivers is essential to healthy wildlife habitat. At PRN, we continue to work to restore wildlife habitat along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, we have lost much of the milkweed and native pollinator plants from the landscape due to urban sprawl and intensive agriculture. That is why Prairie Rivers Network is partnering with the National Wildlife Federation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to promote and coordinate the planting of milkweed and other pollinator plants across Illinois. The North American Monarch Conservation Plan has a goal for 10 million acres of monarch habitat to be created or restored in the United States, and Illinois will be an important contributor.

While butterflies may not be as efficient as bees in pollinating plants and crops, they are still important pollinators and are beautiful creatures that need our help. Join us in our Miles for Monarchs campaign to expand and protect habitat for Monarchs and other pollinators. We’ll be running and walking in the 2016 Illinois Marathon sporting brightly colored Monarch t-shirts. You can help by sponsoring a Miles for Monarch team member or organizing a team of friends or colleagues to walk a few Miles for Monarchs during one of the Illinois Marathon races.

What is Miles for Monarchs?

Miles for Monarchs is a fundraiser for Prairie Rivers Network associated with the Illinois Marathon. You walk or run in one of the races at the Illinois Marathon and ask for donations from family and friends to sponsor your charity walk/run.

Prairie Rivers Network has been protecting Illinois’ environment for over 45 years and is a registered 501 (c) (3) in Illinois. Donations are tax deductible and 100% goes towards river and wildlife habitat conservation efforts in Illinois NOT to overhead for the race.

Benefits of walking/running for Prairie Rivers Network

  • Guaranteed lowest race registration fee when you first sign up to be a fundraiser for Prairie Rivers Network
  • Membership in Prairie Rivers Network
  • Team t-shirt when you raise at least $150
  • Prize awarded to biggest fundraiser
  • Making a difference by supporting a great cause: clean water and wildlife habitat
How can you help?

  Click here to make a donation right now!

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  Join the fundraising team – the running/walking is the hard part, fundraising is easy:

  1. Click here to create your fundraising page.

  2. E-mail your family, friends, and co-workers to support you and monarch butterfly habitat!

  3. If you have already registered for your Illinois Marathon race, you are all done. If not, request a discount code from Vickie (vnudelman [at] prairierivers.org) and then register.

  4. Train for your race.

  5. Pat yourself on your back. You did something good for yourself and for the Monarch butterfly!


What if I don’t want to fundraise? No problem. You can join the team by making a donation yourself.

Is it hard to fundraise? No! Start out by asking for small donations from your family, friends, and co-workers. Ask your workplace to sponsor you or match donations raised. Post on your facebook page, be creative. You can do it! Don’t worry about asking for money, people like to support someone they know and support a good cause. All you have to do is ask.

What is the fundraising minimum? The goal is for every runner to raise at least $250, but it is not required.

What happens if I do not reach the $250 goal? Nothing. You are not required to raise that amount. We hope you are motivated to help us protect Illinois rivers for today and for the future.

What happens with the money I raise? When someone donates through your fundraising page, 100% of their tax deductible donation goes directly to Prairie Rivers Network, a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit with a 45 year history of protecting our environment.

Will donors get overrun with email and solicitations? No. Members of Prairie Rivers Network will receive:

  • 1 or 2 emails per month containing our e-newsletter and important action alerts;
  • 3 print newsletters per year;
  • invitations to special events; and
  • 1 or 2 letters per year saying how great they are for protecting our rivers and streams.

Can I get a refund if I already registered for the Illinois Marathon? No, unfortunately we are not able to get you a refund for the early bird rate.

I have a question about running and/or training - Call or email Prairie Rivers Network’s experienced marathoner Elliot Brinkman 217-344-2371 x202 or ebrinkman [at] prairierivers.org.

I have questions about registration and/or fundraising page - Call or email Vickie Nudelman 217-344-2371 x200 or vnudelman [at] prairierivers.org


Thank you business sponsors


PLATINUM $5,000+


GOLD $1,000+

Champaign Surplus Common Ground Food Co-op

Fox Development Corporation

patagonia-logo_2 Robeson Benefit Fund Logo

UpClose Marketing and Printing

Silver $500

blue moon farm ECGColorLogo

National Wildlife Foundation

Russ logo with disclosures



Anderson Farms CTC color log with ctc name
Kickapoo Landing Print


Do you want to sponsor our team?

Prairie Rivers Network invites you to support clean water and healthy rivers by becoming a business member of Prairie Rivers Network. For more information, please view our Business Sponsor Form, or contact Vickie Nudelman at 217.344.2371 or vnudelman [at] prairierivers.org.

Previous Illinois Marathon fundraisers for PRN

2015 Run for Your Rivers

2014 Run for Your Rivers

2013 Run for Your Rivers

2012 Run for Your Rivers