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The general application for guaranteed and non-guaranteed entries to the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon closed on Thursday, November 16. Limited entries remain through the Charity Program and International Tour Group program.

  • INTERNATIONAL TOUR GROUP

    If you are interested in traveling and running with an international tour group, you can guarantee your spot in the 2024 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.

    Please note, this application opened on Thursday, December 7, 2023 and will remain through Sunday, August 18, 2024.

    INTERNATIONAL TOUR GROUP INDEX

    If you are an international tour program operator, learn more about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon International Tour Program.

Please continue reading for more information about the 2024 application process.

The 46th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 13, 2024. If you have questions about the 2024 event, visit the Frequently asked questions page to learn more.

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APPLICATION FOR A NON-GUARANTEED ENTRY (DRAWING)

Individuals not eligible for a guaranteed entry can apply for a 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry through the non-guaranteed entry drawing application.

At the conclusion of the application window, names will be selected from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applications. Submitting multiple applications will not increase your chances of receiving an entry. Prior to the drawing, the event will remove all duplicate applications.

Applicants will be notified via email of their entry status on Thursday, December 7. If an applicant receives an entry through the drawing, the entry fee is automatically processed.

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


GUARANTEED ENTRY APPLICATIONS

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon offers several opportunities for individuals to access a guaranteed Chicago Marathon entry. To gain access to a guaranteed entry, applicants must agree to the terms of the entry or qualify for the entry.

Access to guaranteed entries is only available during the application window (Tuesday, October 17 to Thursday, November 16).

All applications are reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon completion of this process (which can take up to 10 business days), individuals are notified via email of their approval status. If the application is approved, the entry fee is automatically processed. If the application is not approved, the entry is automatically switched to a non-guaranteed entry application and the applicant is entered in the drawing.

  • TIME QUALIFIER

    If you meet the marathon qualifying standards outlined below you can guarantee your spot in the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a time qualifier.

    Age group Men Women Non-binary
    16 – 29 3:05:00 3:35:00 3:35:00
    30 – 39 3:10:00 3:40:00 3:40:00
    40 – 49 3:20:00 3:50:00 3:50:00
    50 – 59 3:35:00 4:20:00 4:20:00
    60 – 69 4:00:00 5:00:00 5:00:00
    70 – 79 4:30:00 5:55:00 5:55:00
    80 and over 5:25:00 6:10:00 6:10:00
    • Applicants must submit results records for a marathon completed during the qualifying window (January 1, 2022 to November 17, 2023). The results documentation must include a finish time completed within the qualifying time standards and division (men, women or non-binary).
    • Documentation submitted outside of the qualifying standards will not be considered.
    • Finish times at race distances other than a marathon, such as a half marathon or 50K, for example, will not be considered.
    • A verifiable time is one run on a certified course, those certified by USA Track & Field (USATF), World Athletics or a similar governing association; considerations will not be made for non-certified races, weather or course conditions.
    • The standards introduced for non-binary applicants are inclusive of the qualifying times for the two previously existing divisions. Applicants can expect standards to adjust in the coming years as data becomes available to help inform future qualifying times. Discussions with non-binary athletes are ongoing, with the goal of creating more inclusive event experiences.
    • Time Qualifier standards have been updated for 2025. Learn more about the 2025 standards.
  • LEGACY FINISHER

    If you have finished the Bank of America Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years you can guarantee your spot in the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a legacy finisher.

    • Chicago Marathon finishes prior to 2013 will not be considered.
    • 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon registered participants will be considered a 2020 finisher for this legacy application path.
    • 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience finishes will not be considered.
    • Years (2013-2019 and 2021-2023) in which someone signed up for, but did not finish, the Chicago Marathon will not be considered.
    • Finishes at marathons other than the Chicago Marathon will not be considered.
  • CHARITY PROGRAM

    Individuals who are interested in running and fundraising on behalf of an official event charity can guarantee their spot in the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Charity program entries are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

    If you have already applied for a non-guaranteed entry and would like to change your application to a charity entry, please contact your charity coordinator to have your application updated.

    Each charity manages its own unique charity team, participant benefits and fundraising requirements. While fundraising requirements may vary from charity to charity, participants are required to raise no less than $1,250 (USD) if the entry is claimed during the application window (Tuesday, October 17 to Thursday, November 16) and $1,750 (USD) if the entry is claimed following the application window (Friday, November 17, 2023 to Sunday, September 15, 2024).

    Only charities that are part of the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Program have access to guaranteed entries.

    CHARITY INDEX

  • BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO DISTANCE SERIES

    If you completed all three 2023 Bank of America Chicago Distance Series events (Shamrock Shuffle, Chicago 13.1 and Chicago Marathon) in person, you can guarantee your spot in the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    Eligible individuals will receive an email with instructions on how to access their entry.

  • 2023 CANCELLED ENTRY

    If you successfully completed the process to cancel your 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry to 2024 through our standard event policy, you must submit a 2024 application to guarantee your spot in the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Participants will be required to pay the entry fee again.

    Eligible individuals will receive an email with instructions on how to access their entry.

  • PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM POLICY

    If you successfully completed the process to cancel your 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry through the event’s Pregnancy and Postpartum Policy, you must submit a 2024 application to guarantee your spot in the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Participants will not be required to pay the entry fee again.

    Eligible individuals will receive an email with instructions on how to access their entry.

    Learn more about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon’s Pregnancy and Postpartum Policy.

  • AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

    If you meet the qualifying standards outlined below you can guarantee your spot in the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon through the American Development Program.

    Qualifying standards Half marathon Marathon
    Men sub 1:11:00 sub 2:35:00
    Women sub 1:20:00 sub 2:55:00
    Non-binary sub 1:20:00 sub 2:55:00
    Masters – Men sub 1:15:00 sub 2:43:00
    Masters – Women sub 1:25:00 sub 3:05:00
    Masters – Non-binary sub 1:25:00 sub 3:05:00
    • Applicants must submit results records for a half marathon or marathon completed on or after January 1, 2022. The results documentation must include a finish time completed within the qualifying time standards and division (men, women or non-binary).
    • Finish times at race distances other than a half marathon or marathon will not be considered.
    • A verifiable time is one run on a course certified by USA Track & Field (USATF), World Athletics or a similar governing association; considerations will not be made for non-certified races, weather or course conditions.
    • Please note that while this program is geared toward American athletes, non-U.S. citizens who meet the qualifying standards will be accepted into the American Development Program.
    • Masters athletes are age 40 and over
    • Masters athletes applying under the High Performance Standards must have achieved the standard as a masters athlete
    • The standards introduced for non-binary applicants are inclusive of the qualifying times for the two previously existing divisions. Applicants can expect standards to adjust in the coming years as data becomes available to help inform future qualifying times. Discussions with non-binary athletes are ongoing, with the goal of creating more inclusive event experiences.

    Athletes meeting the high-performance standards below may qualify for a complimentary entry. Please email americandevelopment@chicagomarathon.com for information.

    High performance

    Standards

    Half marathon Marathon
    Men sub  1:06:00 sub  2:21:00
    Women sub  1:15:00 sub  2:41:00
    Non-binary sub  1:15:00 sub  2:41:00
    Masters – Men sub  1:10:00 sub  2:30:00
    Masters – Women sub  1:20:00 sub  2:50:00
    Masters – Non-binary sub  1:20:00 sub  2:50:00

    The American Development Program reached its capacity of 300 participants on November 16, 2023, and the application is now closed.


PARA ATHLETICS PROGRAM

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon strives to provide accessibility for all athletes through our Para Athletics Program. Learn more about the Para Athletics Program.


CANCELLATION (BY YOU OR BY US)

Learn more about the options available to 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon registered participants if they choose not to participate or in the case of an event cancellation.


ENTRY FEE*

The entry fee reflects the cost and the resources required to stage a world-class marathon. Every dollar that is collected through registration is invested back into the event to help cover these expenses and to enhance the overall participant experience.

  • U.S. residents (those who live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories): $240 (USD)
  • Non-U.S. residents: $250 (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 December 2023 or later.

*A processing fee is applied to all entry fees.


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 required 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.
  • All participants are required to show a government-issued photo ID that reflects the name they registered under upon picking up their own participant packet.
  • Participants must adhere to city, state and other public health guidelines and orders.
  • All participants must be familiar with and abide by the event rules.
    If you have questions about registration, please email the Bank of America Chicago Marathon office at office@chicagomarathon.com.

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