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2021 Application

Planning for the 43rd running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is underway with the goal of returning to the streets of Chicago on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Event organizers are working closely with the City of Chicago, including the Chicago Department of Public Health, to safely produce a race weekend experience for event attendees and the Chicago community. Preparations for the October 2021 race will align with Chicago’s re-opening framework, including strict adherence to local and state coronavirus guidelines.

2021 Guaranteed and Non-Guaranteed Application Window

The 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry application window closed at 2 p.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Individuals who are interested in participating in the 2021 Chicago Marathon can secure an entry through one of the limited guaranteed entry opportunities still available. In order to gain access to an available guaranteed entry, applicants must agree to the terms of the entry or qualify for the entry.

The 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon American Development Program reached capacity on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. The application is now closed.

  • Charity teams

    Every year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon hosts thousands of runners who choose to make their Chicago Marathon experience more meaningful by running on behalf of a charity. This year, charities need our help more than ever. Help support and run with a charity you are passionate about.

    Learn more through the Charity Index.

  • International Tour Group

    If you are interested in traveling and running with an international tour group, you can guarantee your spot in the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    • Each tour partner manages its own unique tour.
    • Tour partners typically offer participants a package that includes cost of entry, air travel, hotel, etc. and vary between tour operators.
    • Only tour operators that are part of the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon International Tour Program have access to guaranteed entries.
    • Not all countries have approved Chicago Marathon tour partners.
    • If you are interested in joining an international tour group, you should contact the tour partner of your choice.
    Submit a International Tour Group application

Non-guaranteed entry drawing

Non-guaranteed entry applicants for the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be notified of their selection on Thursday, March 25. Applicants will be selected from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applications. Prior to the drawing, the event will remove all duplicate applications.

Applicants were notified via email of their entry status on Thursday, March 25. If an applicant received an entry through the drawing, the entry fee was automatically processed.

Individuals who applied for, but did not receive an entry through the drawing, may still register by opting to run for select official charities or tour groups.

Registration fee

  • U.S. residents (those who live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories): $205 (USD)*
  • Non-U.S. residents: $230 (USD)

Applicants must provide credit card information as a part of the application process. The entry fee is processed automatically when an application is approved or selected through the drawing.

When completing the application please use a credit card that has an expiration date of April 2021 or later.

* A processing fee is applied to all entry fees.

Cancellation (by you or by us)

Learn more about the options available to 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon registered participants if they choose not to participate or in the case of an event cancellation.

Athletes with Disabilities Program

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon strives to provide accessibility for all athletes with disabilities through our Athletes with Disabilities Program. For more information visit the Athletes with Disabilities Program page.

Event requirements

  • Participants must be 16 years or older on race day.
  • Participants 16-17 years of age must have permission from their parent or legal guardian permitting them to participate in the race. This permission is given during the application process.
  • The Bank of America Chicago Marathon requires that participants be able to complete the 26.2-mile distance in six hours and 30 minutes (6:30:59). The marathon course will reopen for public use on a rolling schedule based on this time limit.
  • The sale and/or transfer of race entries/bib numbers is strictly prohibited.
  • All registration fees and ancillary purchases are nonrefundable.
  • All participants are required to pick up their own participant packet (bib number and timing device) at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during the scheduled hours of operation. Additional information about the 2021 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be available in the coming months.
  • All participants are required to show a government-issued photo ID upon picking up their own participant packet.
  • All participants acknowledge the inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists and is beyond the control of Event Organizers. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
  • All participants must be familiar with and abide by the event rules.

If you have questions about registration, please call the Bank of America Chicago Marathon office during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. U.S. Central Time) at 312.904.9800 or email office@chicagomarathon.com

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