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2021 Application

The 43rd running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is scheduled to return 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 local and state coronavirus guidelines.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon can still secure an entry with an official charity or international tour group partner. In order to gain access to an available guaranteed entry, applicants must agree to the terms of the entry or qualify for the entry.

  • 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

2021 Guaranteed and non-guaranteed application process

Registration for the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon was conducted through a tiered application process.

A limited application window was open from November 19, 2020 to December 15, 2020 to individuals who deferred their 2020 entries to a future Bank of America Chicago Marathon (2021, 2022 or 2023) in response to the cancellation of the 2020 race.

The guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry application window was open to the general public from January 12, 2021 to February 18, 2021.

Non-guaranteed entry applicants for were notified of their selection on Thursday, March 25.


Entry 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.

* 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.

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