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American Development Program

The American Development Program* recognizes the fastest amateur athletes in the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is part of our ongoing effort to support up-and-coming American marathoners. These athletes are top local and/or regional runners who may be competing for personal best times or Olympic Trials qualifying performances but are not necessarily top national or international competitors. American Development Program qualifiers receive race morning amenities and start corral placement at the front of the field, directly behind the Elite Corral.

* 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.

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

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

High-performance qualifying 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

Qualifying times must have been run no earlier than January 1, 2019, and no later than September 1, 2021.

Program amenities include:

  • Separate and secure start/finish area tent
  • Private toilet facilities
  • Private gear check
  • Access to American Development Start Corral 15 minutes prior to the official race start
  • Opportunity to start directly behind the Elite Corral

This application will close at 5 p.m. (Central Time) on September 1, 2021, or when the field has reached a capacity of 300 participants, whichever comes first.

If you have any questions regarding the American Development Program please contact americandevelopment@chicagomarathon.com.

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