American Development Program
The American Development Program recognizes the fastest amateur athletes in the 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.
Information regarding the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon American Development Program and qualifying standards will be available in the coming weeks.
Elite Athlete Program
The American Development Program is not to be confused with the Elite Athlete Program. Acceptance into the Elite Athlete Program is based on 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.
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