The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is proud to work with the Chicago community—from residents to businesses to city agencies—to produce a world-class event each year. The Chicago Marathon has developed numerous partnerships and outreach programs and is committed to being a positive force in the community.
In partnership with the communities that comprise the marathon course, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon works with local leadership to activate spectators and fans from surrounding homes, businesses, schools and community groups to enthusiastically support the marathon runners. Several community leaders step up to organize their sections of the course through volunteerism and cheer stations.
Chicago Park District Cross Country Championships
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon gives back to the Chicago Park District by annually supporting the Chicago Park District CityWide Cross Country Championships. By helping host three qualifying youth races, the Chicago Marathon shares the joy and reward of exercise and fitness with the next generation. The series culminates on Saturday before the Marathon with a championship competition. Children in the program receive finisher medals, bib numbers, certificates and T-shirts, along with the thrill of racing.
Nike Northside/Southside Challenge
Nike and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon are inspiring the next generation of runners to run in the footsteps of their running heroes like Kara Goucher and Meb Keflezighi. The Northside/Southside Challenge gives high school athletes the unique opportunity to compete in an invitational meet on the marathon course while the race is in progress. Athletes will compete on behalf of their respective high schools as well as part of the larger Northside or Southside teams. The race starts at Mile 24 where participants will compete over the last 2.62 miles of the course ending at the same official Marathon finish line. Click here to view the 2011 Nike Northside/Southside Challenge results.