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2020 Application

Runners can apply for a guaranteed or non-guaranteed entry to the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Applications for the non-guaranteed entry drawing and all guaranteed entry applications are now open. 

The 2020 application will close at 2 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, December 3.

Learn more about securing an entry to the 2020 Chicago Marathon below.

  • Non-guaranteed entry drawing

    If you are not eligible for a guaranteed entry, you can apply for a 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry through the non-guaranteed entry drawing application.

    • Following the application deadline on Tuesday, December 3, names will be selected from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applications
    • Prior to the drawing, duplicate applications will be removed
    • Submitting multiple applications will not increase your chances of receiving an entry
    • You will be notified via email of your entry status on Thursday, December 12
    • If you receive an entry through the drawing you will be automatically charged the 2020 registration fee

     

    If you apply for, but do not receive an entry through the drawing you may still register for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon by opting to run for select official charities or tour groups.

    Submit a 2020 application

     

  • Charity entry

    If you are interested in running and fundraising on behalf of a charity, you can guarantee your spot in the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    • Each charity manages its own unique charity team, runner benefits and fundraising requirements.
    • Fundraising requirements may vary from charity to charity but will be no less than $1,250 (USD) if the entry is claimed during the application window and $1,750 (USD) if the entry is claimed following the application window.
    • Only charities that are part of the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Program have access to guaranteed entries.
    • If you are interested in running for charity you should contact the charity of your choice via the Charity Index.


    View the Charity Index.

     

  • Time qualifier

    If you meet the marathon qualifying standards outlined below you can guarantee your spot in the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a time qualifier.

    Age group Men Women
    16 – 29 3:05:00 3:35:00
    30 – 39 3:10:00 3:40:00
    40 – 49 3:20:00 3:50:00
    50 – 59 3:35:00 4:20:00
    60 – 69 4:00:00 5:00:00
    70 – 79 4:30:00 5:55:00
    80 and over 5:25:00 6:10:00
    • Marathon finish times outside of the qualifying standards will not be considered.
    • Times run prior to January 1, 2018, 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.
    • The participant’s age group is determined by their age on race day, October 11, 2020.
    • A verifiable time is one run on a certified course, those certified by USA Track & Field (USATF), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) or a similar governing association; considerations will not be made for non-certified races, weather or course conditions.

     

    Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon verification (within ten business days), if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

    If your application is not approved, your application will be automatically switched to a non-guaranteed entry application and entered in the drawing.

    Submit a 2020 Time qualifier application

     

  • Legacy finisher

    If you have finished the Bank of America Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years (2010 – 2019) you can guarantee your spot in the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a legacy.

    • Bank of America Chicago Marathon finishes prior to 2010 will not be considered.
    • Years in which someone signed up for, but did not finish the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, will not be considered.
    • Finishes at marathons other than the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will not be considered.

     

    Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon verification (within ten business days), if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

    If your application is not approved, your application will be automatically switched to a non-guaranteed entry application and entered in the drawing.

    Submit a 2020 Legacy finisher application

     

  • International tour group entry

    If you are interested in traveling and running with an international tour group, you can guarantee your spot in the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    • Each tour partner manages its own unique tour.
    • Tour partners typically offer participants a package that includes the 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.


    This entry opportunity is available following the 2020 application window.

  • 2019 Cancelled entry

    If you cancelled your entry to the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, you can guarantee your spot in the 2020 event. 

    If you cancelled your 2019 entry you will receive an email with additional information on how to apply.

    • You must submit a 2020 application in order to secure your spot. Your registration information from 2019 will not be transferred to 2020.
    • Bank of America Chicago Marathon registration fees and ancillary purchases are nonrefundable.
    • Your 2019 registration fees will not be applied to your 2020 application.
    • You must pay the full 2020 registration fee during the 2020 application window to receive a guaranteed entry.
    • If you cancelled your 2019 entry and received a 2020 entry through this guaranteed application, you will not be eligible to cancel your entry for a second time.
    • If you cancelled a 2019 American Development Program entry, your guaranteed entry for 2020 will be a general guaranteed entry only.  After securing your spot, you must submit a valid qualifying time to americandevelopment@chicagomarathon.com to be admitted to the 2020 American Development Program.

     

    Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon verification (within ten business days), if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

    If your application is not approved, your application will be automatically switched to a non-guaranteed entry application and entered in the drawing.

  • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Legacy

    If you have run the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K four or more times since 2008 and have signed up for the 2020 Shamrock Shuffle you can guarantee your spot in the 2020 event.

    • You must have run the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K four or more times since 2008.
    • You must be signed up for the 2020 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K to be eligible for a guaranteed entry into the 2020 Chicago Marathon.
    • If you aren’t signed for the 2020 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, you can register at shamrockshuffle.com.
    • This opportunity is limited to the first 1,000 participants who apply and qualify based on the standards above.

     

    Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon verification (within ten business days), if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

    Submit a 2020 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Legacy application

     

  • American Development Program

    If you meet the marathon qualifying standards outlined below you can guarantee your spot in the 2020 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
    Men masters (age 40+)
    sub 1:15:00 sub 2:43:00
    Women Masters (age 40+)
    sub 1:25:00 sub 3:05:00

     

    • Marathon finish times outside of the qualifying standards will not be considered.
    • Times run prior to January 1, 2018, will not be considered.
    • 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.
    • Finish times at race distances other than a half marathon or marathon will not be considered
    • A verifiable time is one run on a certified course, those certified by USA Track & Field (USATF) 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.
    • Athletes applying through a 2019 cancelled entry application will be able to claim a general entry only.  For inclusion in the 2020 American Development Program, participants must submit a qualifying time to americandevelopment@chicagomarathon.com after the cancelled entry application is approved.

     

    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 1:07:00 sub 2:23:00
    Women sub 1:16:00 sub 2:43:00
    Men masters (age 40+)
    sub 1:11:00 sub 2:32:00
    Women Masters (age 40+)
    sub 1:21:00 sub 2:52:00

     

    Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon verification (within ten business days), if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

    If your application is not approved, your application will be automatically switched to a non-guaranteed entry application and entered in the drawing, provided the drawing application period has not ended.

    This entry opportunity will close at 5 p.m. (Central Time) on September 1, 2020, or when the field has reached a capacity of 300 participants, whichever comes first.

    Submit an application and learn more on the American Development Program page.

     


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.


2020 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)

You will be asked to provide credit card information as a part of the application process. Your credit card will be charged when and if your application is approved or selected through drawing.

When completing the application please use a credit card that has an expiration date of January 2020 or later.

* A processing fee will be applied to all entry fees for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.


2020 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 on Friday, October 9 or Saturday, October 10.
  • All participants are required to show a government-issued photo ID upon picking up their own participant packet.
  • 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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