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General InformationThe 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.

2014 Schedule of events
2014 Participant guide
Information Presented By Tata Consultancy Services
Download the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile Application, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services
Age groups and awards
Nike+ Pace Teams
Team competition
27th Mile Post-Race Party
Free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago
Restaurants

2014 Schedule of events

Friday, October 10, 2014
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place; North Building, Hall B1
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place; North Building, Hall B1
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Grant Park,Chicago
Marathon Wheelchair Start
Marathon Handcycle Start
Athletes with Disabilities Start (AWD)
Wave 1 Start
Wave 2 Start
Spectator access to Grant Park begins
7:20 a.m.
7:21 a.m.
7:22 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
8 a.m.
9 a.m.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party
Grant Park, Butler Field
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Click here to download a map of Grant Park.

2014 Participant guide

The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant guide includes all the key information participants will need in order to be prepared for and ready to have a great race experience. This guide will serve as a step-by-step manual to assist participants during race week, from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, to race morning in Grant Park and during the race itself. For more information on the 2014 participant guide click here.

Information presented By Tata Consultancy Services

TATA Consulting Services

Information presented by Tata Consultancy Services will be available throughout Grant Park on race day. Information Tents will be available to assist participants and spectators with event information, course maps and general event inquiries as well as lost and found items. Information Tents will be located in the following areas:

  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at 11th Street
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Harrison Street
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Jackson Drive
  • Within the Buckingham Fountain Gear Check facility (participant only Information Tent)
  • North side of Jackson Drive between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive
  • On the northwest corner of Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive

In addition to the six Information Tents, Information Teams of 2 to 4 individuals will be positioned throughout Grant Park and on Michigan Avenue on race morning to assist participants and spectators with maps and viewing tips.

New PictureDownload the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile Application, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon mobile application, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect on the go guide for Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants and spectators. The free mobile application features important information for the 2014 event including race weekend schedules, real time weather, interactive maps, event photos, Runner Tracking and much more.

To download the mobile application for iPhone click here.
To download the mobile application for Android click here.

Age groups and awards

Participants will compete in the following male and female age groups: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over.

Personal engraved finish medals will be awarded to the top five finishers in the above age groups.

Nike+ Pace Teams

Nike+ Pace Teams are comprised of marathon veterans who help others achieve their performance goals. Nike+ Pace Team Leaders will pace groups of runners according to the following finish times: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:30, 4:40, 4:55, 5:00, 5:10, 5:25 and 5:45. To learn more about Nike+ Pace Teams, including how to join and frequently asked questions, click here.

Team competition

Take your performance to the next level by forming a team and participating in the team competition. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon team competition is free and open to all runners, running club members, groups of friends, co-workers and corporate teams. The team competition offers two divisions: red for competitive teams and blue, for runners of all abilities. The team competition offers male, female, mixed, and masters categories, as well as combined finish time and age-graded scoring. Click here for more information on the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon team competition.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
27th Mile Post-Race Party

As soon as you cross the finish line, celebrate your achievement at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party located in Grant Park’s Butler Field. The outdoor celebration will feature live entertainment, and participant’s age 21 and over (photo ID required) can redeem the tear-off portion of their bib number for one free 312 Urban Wheat Ale. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The 27th Mile Post-Race Party is open to the public from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with live music beginning at 10:30 a.m. and beer ticket redemption and sales from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Runner Reunite area

Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants are encouraged to reunite with your family and friends after the race at the Runner Reunite area of the 27th Mile Post-Race Party. The Runner Reunite area will be organized by alphabetical signs (A-Z) to facilitate meeting locations by name. When making plans to reunite with your family and friends, factor in the necessary time it will take for you to navigate through the finish area and collect your bag from gear check. Also, be sure to devise a back-up plan in the event that you cannot locate your party within Grant Park.


Massage therapy

More than 200 students, faculty and alumni from Chicago’s Cortiva Institute will offer complimentary post-race massage treatments for participants from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Massage Tent will be located within the 27th Mile Post-Race Party at the southwest corner, adjacent to the Petrillo Band Shell.

Race day runner results
Participants and spectators can view finisher results at the Race Day Runner Results Tent within the 27th Mile Post-Race Party. Volunteers will be on-hand to help you look up unofficial race day results.

Bank-of-America-LogoBank of America Customer & Military Family Upgrade
As a valued customer of Bank of America and to show appreciation to our armed services members and their families, we are proud to offer you an upgraded experience on race day at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Grant Park. You will receive race day amenities in a private tented space including restrooms and runner refreshments. Simply bring your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit/credit card, other customer identification or Military Identification to the Bank of America booth at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 10 or Saturday, October 11. There you will receive wristbands allowing you and one (1) guest access to the Upgrade area on race day.*

*Customer or Military identification is required to receive offer. Available while supplies last. Wristbands must be worn on race day to gain access to the area.

Goose-IslandContinue Your Post-Race Celebration with 312
312 Urban Wheat Ale is proud to set the pace for race day refreshment in Chicago. Join Goose Island immediately after the race to enjoy a 312 Urban Wheat Ale at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Grant Park’s Butler Field.

After the 27th Mile Post-Race Party, continue the celebration at one of the five 312 Post-Race Participant Celebrations throughout the city. Be one of the first three hundred twelve runners to arrive wearing their 2014 finisher medal at any of the five locations and the first 312 Urban Wheat Ale is on the house!

This year’s 312 Participant Celebrations will take place at:

Goose Island Brewpub
Clybourn
1800 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
312.915.0071
Lizzie McNeal’s
400 N. McClurg Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611
312.467.1992
Hard Rock Café Chicago
63 W. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60654
312.943.2252
The Plaza at Park Grill
11 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602
312.521.7275

Visit the new Goose Island city bus at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo to sample various Goose Island beers, purchase customized collectables, or have your picture taken with the awesome new addition to the Goose Island family.

Restaurants

Park Grill

Park Grill is the featured restaurant of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Park Grill is located at the entrance of Chicago’s Millennium Park and steps from Michigan Avenue. Visit parkgrillchicago.com for more information.

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