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American Development Program

The American Development Program* recognizes the fastest amateur athletes in the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is part of our ongoing effort to support up-and-coming American marathoners. These athletes are top local and/or regional runners who may be competing for personal best times or Olympic Trials qualifying performances, but are not necessarily top national or international competitors. American Development Program qualifiers receive race morning amenities and start corral placement at the front of the field, directly behind the Elite Corral.

*Please note that while this program is geared toward American athletes, non-U.S. citizens who meet the qualifying standards will be accepted into the American Development Program.

 Qualifying standards Half marathon Marathon
Men sub 1:11:00 sub 2:31:00
Women sub 1:21:00 sub 3:01:00

Qualifying times must have been run no earlier than January 1, 2012 and no later than September 1, 2014.

Program amenities include:

  • Extended registration deadline of September 1, 2014
  • Separate and secure start/finish area tent
  • Private toilet facilities
  • Private gear check
  • Access to American Development Start Corral 15 minutes prior to official race start
  • Opportunity to start directly behind the Elite Corral

How to enter

Email eliteathlete@chicagomarathon.com with a website link to your qualifying race result. Upon verification of your qualifying time, you will be sent a unique registration link and code. Your registration must be submitted in advance of the September 1 American Development Program registration deadline.

Note: The American Development Program does not include complimentary entry into the event. All qualifiers must pay the standard registration fee.

Race timing

Clock time (gun time) is the official time for all American Development Program participants. The official times will be recorded from the start of the race by the air horn to the point where the participant crosses the finish line. Times will be rounded to the next highest second. Net times (“chip” or “tag” times) will not be used for any purpose regarding American Development Program participants.

Elite Athlete Program

The American Development Program is not to be confused with the Elite Athlete Program. Acceptance into the Elite Athlete Program is not based on specific qualifying times, rather by recent performances at national and international competitions, potential finish time, potential finish place, and the discretion of the race director. The Elite Start Corral is an event operations offering and not to be misconstrued as a professional athlete classification.

Please direct questions to: eliteathlete@chicagomarathon.com

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