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The application window for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon closed at 2 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Thursday, November 29.

If you are still interested in participating in the 2019 event, a limited number of entries are still available through the Charity, International Tour Group Programs and American Development Program. Click the red boxes below to learn more.

If you applied for a non-guaranteed entry, you will be notified via email of your entry status on Tuesday, December 11.

Runners who have applied can access their participant account at any time

  • Charity entry

    If you are interested in running and fundraising on behalf of a charity, you can guarantee your spot in the 2019 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.

     

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  • International tour group entry

    If you are interested in traveling and running with an international tour group you can guarantee your spot in the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    • Each tour partner manages its own unique tour.
    • Requirements, such as cost of entry, air travel, hotel, etc., may vary.
    • 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.

    The 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon official tour groups will be announced soon.

  • American Development Program

    If you meet the marathon qualifying standards outlined below you can guarantee your spot in the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon through the American Development Program.

    Qualifying standards Half marathon Marathon
    Men sub 1:11:00 sub 2:31:00
    Women sub 1:21:00 sub 3:01:00
    Men masters (age 40+)
    sub 1:13:00 sub 2:41:00
    Women Masters (age 40+)
    sub 1:25:00 sub 3:13:00
    • Marathon and half marathon finish times outside of the qualifying standards will not be considered.
    • Times run prior to January 1, 2017 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.

    Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon verification (within seven 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.

    The application period for the American Development Program will end at 10 a.m. (U.S. Central Time), Monday, September 2, 2019or when the program reaches a capacity of 300 participants, whichever comes first.

    Learn more by visiting the American Development Program page.


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 the drawing.

When completing the application please use a credit card that has an expiration date later than December 2018.


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 on Friday, October 11 or Saturday, October 12.
  • 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 visit our Frequently asked application questions page or 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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