Chicago Marathon

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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.

Race Date

Oct 12, 2014


Chicago, Illinois, USA

Event Type

Start Times
  • Men: 7:30 a.m.
  • Women: 7:30 a.m.
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Race Registration

To register, log on to starting at 2 p.m.

  • The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a required maximum net finish time of 6 hours and 30 minutes (h:mm:ss / 6:30:59).
  • Participants must be 16 years or older on race day, October 12, 2014, to register.

The registration fee is $175 for U.S. participants and $200 for participants outside of the U.S. Registration will close when the participant capacity of 45,000 is reached. Note that in 2011, the 45,000 signup limit was reached in a record 31 days, so register early.

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.

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.

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Time Limits & Cutoffs

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes.

Course Records

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. 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). Aid Stations 15-18 (Miles 20-23.5) will offer bananas.

Expected Race Day Weather

Normal High: 64 Fahrenheit / 18 Celsius Normal Low: 47 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.


  • 1984 – Steve Jones (GBR) 2:08:05
  • 1999 – Khalid Khannouchi (MAR) 2:05:42

  • 2001 – Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:18:47
  • 2002 – Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:17:18

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