Chicago Marathon

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.

Race Date
Oct 8, 2017
Race Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Event Type
Start Times
  • Men: 7:30 a.m.
  • Women: 7:30 a.m.
No. Runners
Race Website
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Race Registration

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.
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. 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.


  • 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

32 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon


If you click on the link provided under “Race Registration” it brings you to the official site. Open enrollment is as follows:

Interested participants will be able to 1) register with a guaranteed entry; or 2) enter the non-guaranteed entry lottery, at any time from Wednesday, March 5, at 12 p.m., to Monday, April 7, at 12 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Lottery entrants will be notified of their selection status on Monday, April 14.

Kim Kohr

I would like to know when and how to register for the 2014 Chicago Marathon. Thanks for any info you can give me at this time.


I d like to know when is the chicago marathon for 2014? Im interested on it and i need to planify like anyone else who is interested ….please help!

sydney schroeder

the date is 10/13/13 the price is $175 for us citizens and $200 for international registration starts febuary 16th and it will close when there are 45,000 registered runners

joan fallert

I don’t have a website, but I have to schedule a neighborhood tour in
October, and I NEED the date of the 2013 Marathon.
Joan Fallert

Robert Moore

Hi Angelean F. Bibb,

I have been unsuccessful trying to register for the Chicago Marathon in 2011 and 2012 so I will like to register for the 2013 Chicago Marathon as soon as possible, can you help me, my email address is (

Robert Moore


Check on Craigslist. Since people register in Feb. by October life kinda happens to get in the way. You may be able to find a number for someone who cannot race.


como puedo obetener mi registro en el marathon, ya estoy inscrita y necesito mi No. de Registro. Tambien el de Ruben Vazquez Medina.
Mi nombre es Maricela Chavez Garcia,


Te deberia haber llegado por correo esta semana un librito de Bank of America con informacion y hora de carera y en la parte de atras viene tu numero y en que corral arrancas

Rick Bishop

I love Chicago, the Blackhawks, the Bears, the White Sox but most of all the Chicago marathon. I am planning to bring a bus load of runners from Canada to run in 2011. How many Canadians are allowed to enter. Are there any other runs , a 5k for eg , during the marathon weekend.

Tanvir Kazmi

Chicago Marathon registrations open around first week of February, and started on Feb 1 2010 for this years run, so expect similar timelines for 2011 as well.

Bill Smith

I am also interested in knowing when I can register for the 2011 Chicago Bank Of America Marathon. I was born in Chicago and lived in Aurora, IL & Valparaiso,IN before my family moved to Houston in 1968. I still have a lot of family and friends in the Chicago area. I am running again after many starts and stops due to a string of injuries over the past few years. My last marathon (3rd) was 6 years ago but I would like to run at least one more. I will turn 60 on October 9, 2011 and thought it would be a great birthday present to myself to be able to do this. My son would also like to run this marathon. He is 25 and finished his first marathon (Houston) last January in 2:43. He is currently trainng for the next Houston marathon with a target of sub 2:35. Please let us know when registration opens and where to access the registration information.

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