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Media credentials

All 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon media credentials must be applied for by Wednesday, August 13 at 5 p.m. Central Time.

Credentials to cover the race may not be applied for after this date. Media credentials will be printed with the reporter’s name and outlet. The name on the credential must match the reporter’s ID.

For this reason, media will no longer be able to apply for generic press passes (i.e. Cameraman #1). If your station intends on covering the race, we advise that you fill out credential request forms for each person that could potentially need media authorization on race day. Media access on race day will not be allowed for any individual who does not have a credential matching his or her personal ID.

Completing this application does not guarantee media credential access for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago. You will be contacted by the event within three to five business days with the status of your application.

If you are an outlet requesting media credentials on behalf of five or more individuals please contact for more information.


Media access options

General media: This credential will allow the media member access to pre- and post-race press conferences, and the working media center on race day.

Photographer/videographer: This credential will allow the media member access to access to pre- and post-race press conferences and the start and finish line photo corrals.

  • Start line photo corral access: Sunday, October 12 (5:30 to 8:30 a.m.)
  • Finish line photo corral access: Sunday, October 12 (8:00 to 10:30 a.m.)
    The finish line corrals will close as soon as the last elite runner crosses the finish line.

Please note: Members of the media may shoot photography or video along the course without a race-issued credential. The start line and finish line photo corrals will only be accessible by media members with official credentials. Members of the media will not have access to restricted areas of Grant Park beyond the designated start line and finish line photo corrals.

BP Bridge: This credential will be available to a limited number of media members. The credential will allow the media member to access the BP Bridge in Millennium Park which overlooks the start line. Access to the bridge will be available from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 12.

All credentialed media accessing Grant Park will be subject to a security screening. Media members covering the start of the race will receive transportation from the media center to the start line photo corral. More information will be sent to credentialed media in advance of race weekend.

  • Request for additional media credentials

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