The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the largest and most popular road races in the world. Featuring a fast and flat course, it is one of the big-5 marathons which comprise the World Marathon Majors series, the others being London, New York, Boston and Berlin marathons. From 4,200 runners in 1977 to a world class event with a record 45,000 registered participants and an ever improving elite field, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has come a long way. Chicago Marathon ranks as the 3rd largest marathon in the world.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park. Marathon officials confirmed the lottery with last year’s race having a record of 40,659 finishers.
The 2015 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.
- Men: 7:30 a.m.
- Women: 7:30 a.m.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that runners can enter the lottery for the 2015 event on March 10. Entries will be available through a system of guaranteed entries and non-guaranteed lottery selected entries. The lottery entry period will be open for six weeks from March 10 and will close on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. (US Central Time).
The registration fee is $185 for U.S. participants and $210 for participants outside of the U.S. Registration will close when the participant capacity of 45,000 is reached. To register for Chicago Marathon you can register on the official website.
Course / Route Map
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its fast and flat course through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course offers a scenic tour of Chicago and its lively neighborhoods, as well as a convenient start and finish in beautiful Grant Park. Elite athletes and amateurs alike annually target the race for its potential to generate personal, national and world records. The fast Chicago Marathon route has been a scene of as many as four world records.
Participants enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators as they run through 29 neighborhoods.
Race Profile / Elevation Map
The race starts at an elevation of 601 feet above sea level and ends at 600 feet above sea level. The lowest elevation during the race is 575 feet above sea level and the highest point is 602 feet above sea level. There is only one slight incline in the final mile of the course on Roosevelt Rd.
Time Limits & Cutoffs
- The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes.
- All participants are assigned a timing device prior to the event in their Participant Packet.
Men: Dennis Kimetto (KEN) 2:03:45 (2013)
Women: Paula Radcliffe (UK) 2:17:18 (2012)
Prize Money & Awards
- Prize purse: $500,000 ($100,000 to male and female champions)
- Personal engraved finish medals will be awarded to the top five finishers in the Age Groups.
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
All finishers will be given certificates.
Water Stops & Refreshments
- 20 Aid Stations are located along the course approximately one to two miles apart. Aid Stations 15-18 (Miles 20-23.5) will offer bananas.
- Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Chews will be available at Aid Station 9 (mile 12.5). Available flavors will be Fruit Punch and Orange.
- PowerGel® Energy Gels will be featured at Aid Station 13. Available flavors will be in both caffeinated (Chocolate, Strawberry Banana) and non-caffeinated (Vanilla, Orange Dream and Pomegranate Blueberry Acai).
Expected Race Day Weather
Normal High: 64 Fahrenheit / 18 Celsius
Normal Low: 46 Fahrenheit / 8 Celsius
Additional Race Info
The flat and fast course at the Chicago Marathon has witnessed as many as four world records, two by men and women runners each.