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2022 FAQs

Do you have a question about the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon event or application process? Please view the frequently asked questions below to find the answers to your questions.

The following FAQs will continue to be updated as information becomes available.*

*Updates as of October 14, 2021.

If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact the event via email at office@chicagomarathon.com.

  • 2022 EVENT FAQS

    When is the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    The 44th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is scheduled Sunday, October 9, 2022.

    How are you preparing for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Will event attendees be required to adhere to the coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines put in place for the 2021 event?
    Event organizers are working with the City of Chicago, including the Chicago Department of Public Health, to provide a safe and enjoyable race weekend experience for all event attendees. Event guidance and/or requirements will be in line with local and state coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines. We recognize guidance is likely to change between now and the 2022 race. For this reason, like 2021, the event will provide specific guidelines to registered participants in the lead up to race weekend.

    What is the anticipated field size for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    At this time, we are preparing for a finisher field in line with what was seen in 2018 and 2019. Providing a safe and enjoyable race weekend experience for event attendees and the Chicago community is our top priority. We are prepared to make adjustments to the field size, if necessary, to align with guidance from public health officials.

    What are my options if I sign up and can’t participate?
    As in the past, registered participants will have the opportunity to cancel their entry and access a guaranteed entry for the next event. All event fees (entry, ancillary products, etc.) are non-refundable and will not be applied to future participation. Participants who select this option must complete the 2023 application process and pay the 2023 entry fee in order to redeem their guaranteed entry. Please note, this opportunity will not be available to participants who received a guaranteed entry through the charity or tour group applications.

    Participants who deferred their 2020 place and entry fee as part of the 2020 event cancellation will be eligible to cancel their 2022 entry and access a guaranteed entry for the 2023 event. Participants who select this option must complete the 2022 application process and pay the 2022 entry fee in order to redeem their guaranteed entry.

    Individuals will also have the option to purchase refundable booking during the application process.

    Learn more about the options available to registered participants if they choose not to participate.

    Are participants going to be required to pick-up their race materials in person?
    Yes. As in the past, registered participants will be required to pick-up their own items in person in advance of the event.

    Does the Bank of America Chicago Marathon have a recommended training plan?
    Yes.The Bank of America Chicago Marathon offers an official 18-week training program developed by Nike Coaches. The program is made to be adaptive to all runners and customized to fit in with your daily schedule and needs. For more information and to download the program, please visit the Training & nutrition page.

    Is race day hospitality going to be available for the 2022 event?
    Yes. More information on race hospitality for the 2022 event will be available soon.

  • GENERAL APPLICATION FAQS

    What is the difference between a guaranteed entry and a non-guaranteed entry?
    A guaranteed entry ensures you a spot in the field for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, provided that you agree to the terms of that entry (Charity Program, International Tour Program) or that you qualify for that entry (2020 Deferred entry, 2021 Cancelled entry, Chicago Marathon Legacy Finisher, Time Qualifier, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Legacy, American Development Program and Para Athletics Program).

    A non-guaranteed entry is subject to a selection through a drawing. 

    What are the application deadlines?

    • Tuesday, October 19 at 10 a.m. (Central Time): Applications for the non-guaranteed entry drawing, 2020 cancelled entries, 2021 COVID-19 deferred entries (international travel and COVID-19 positive) and charity entries open.
      • Charity program entries are available on a first-come first-served basis until Wednesday, September 14, 2022 or when the charity has reached its capacity, whichever comes first.
    • Tuesday, October 26 at 10 a.m. (Central Time): The application for the remaining guaranteed entry paths (Time qualifier, Legacy finisher, 2021 Cancelled entry, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Legacy and American Development Program) will open.
      • Time qualifier: Individuals who have met the event’s age graded qualifying standards or qualify for the event’s American Development Program.
      • Legacy finisher: Individuals who have completed the Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years. The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience will not be applied to the Legacy finisher application path.
      • International Tour Group: International runners (non-U.S.) participating in the 2021 event with an official International Tour Group Program partner. Tour partners typically offer participants a package that includes cost of entry, air travel, hotel, etc. and vary between tour operators.
      • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Legacy: Individuals who have completed the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K four or more times since 2008 and have signed up for the 2022 Shamrock Shuffle.
    • Tuesday, November 30 at 2 p.m. (U.S. Central Time): Guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry applications will close.
    • Thursday, December 9: Non-guaranteed entry applicants will be notified via email of their entry status throughout the day on Thursday, December 9.

    Learn more about the different application paths.

    What is the entry fee for the 2022 race?

    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): $230 (USD)
    • Non-U.S. residents: $240 (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 2021 or later.

    * A processing fee is applied to all entry fees.

    Why is a processing fee applied to the entry fee at the point of registration?
    The processing fee included at the point of registration is charged by the registration service for providing its software and services. This processing fee is non-refundable in any and all circumstances.

    I’m hesitant to sign up because of concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Will there be opportunities to sign up closer to the event date?
    Individuals who are interested in signing up closer to the event may do so by running and fundraising on behalf of a charity. 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 19 to Tuesday, November 30) and $1,750 (USD) if the entry is claimed following the application window (Tuesday, November 30 to Wednesday, September 14, 2022). Charity program entries are available on a first-come first-served basis until Wednesday, September 14, 2022 or when the charity has reached its capacity, whichever comes first.

    What happens if my friend or family member gets selected and I don’t?
    The person who did not receive an entry through the drawing will still have the opportunity to guarantee entry by running with a charity in the event’s official Charity or International Tour Programs.

  • 2020 DEFERRED ENTRY FAQS

    I didn’t receive a link to claim my 2020 deferred entry. How can I access the application to claim my entry?
    Please contact office@chicagomarathon.com. A member of our customer service team will respond to your email with a link specific to your 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon application path. Please note, all entry applications are reviewed to confirm entry eligibility.

    What happens if I don’t claim my 2020 deferred entry for the 2022 event?
    You are not required to claim your entry for the 2022 event. If you don’t claim your 2020 deferred entry by 2 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, November 30, the event will defer your 2020 place and entry fee to the 2023 event.

    If I claim my 2020 deferred entry for the 2022 event, can I purchase refundable registration?
    Refundable registration is only applicable to the items paid for during the 2022 application process. If you purchase a new product when claiming your 2020 deferred entry, those items would be eligible for refund through refundable booking.

    Please note, your entry is not eligible for a refund through refundable registration, since you are not paying for the entry as a part of the 2022 application process.

    If I claim my 2020 deferred entry for the 2022 event, will I be eligible to cancel my entry if I’m not able to participate?
    Yes. You will be eligible to defer for your entry to the 2023 event. If you cancel your entry you must pay the 2023 entry fee when claiming your entry during the 2023 application window. Please note, the ancillary items purchased for the 2020 event will not be deferred to 2023.

    How do I claim the additional items I purchased for the 2020 event?
    If you purchased additional items (Race Day Hospitality, Priority Access Package, MarathonFoto Package, iTAB or the Chicago Tribune Commemorative Package) for the 2020 event, these items will be carried over to your participant account in the weeks following the November 30 entry deadline. Do not re-purchase these items when claiming your entry.

  • CHARITY AND TOUR APPLICATION FAQS

    What are the requirements of running for charity at the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    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 19 to Tuesday, November 30) and $1,750 (USD) if the entry is claimed following the application window (Tuesday, November 30 to Wednesday, September 14, 2022). Those interested in running for charity should directly contact the charity of their choice with any questions.

    Note: Only charities that are part of the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Program have access to guaranteed entries. Visit the Charity Index for a complete list of official charity partners.

    What are the requirements of joining an international tour group at the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    Each tour partner manages its own unique tour and requirements, such as cost of entry, air travel, hotel, etc. Please note, only tour operators that are part of the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon International Tour Program (ITP) have access to guaranteed entries and not all countries have approved Chicago Marathon tour partners. Those interested in joining an international tour group should directly contact the tour partner of their choice with any questions. More information on this application will be available soon. Please note, this application will remain open through Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

    I completed the charity or tour group application/registration and no longer want to run with a charity or tour group. What do I do?
    Please contact your charity team or tour group coordinator directly for additional information.

    I want to run for a charity but I don’t see them listed on the website?
    Only charities that are a part of our official Charity Program have access to guaranteed entries. Individuals selected through the drawing are welcome to run on behalf of any organization or cause.

    I would like my charity or tour group to be a part of one of the event’s official programs. How can I get more information?
    For more information on the official Charity Program and International Tour Program email eventpartnerrelations@cemevent.com.

  • LEGACY AND TIME QUALIFIER APPLICATION FAQS

    How were the Time Qualifier standards determined?
    Time Qualifier standards are based, in part, on the number of participants who have historically met the qualifying standards for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon’s fastest start corrals, as well as the need to arrive at a number of likely registrants that can be managed for the 2022 Chicago Marathon.

    Can those who narrowly missed the qualifying time, or who ran a comparable time at a different distance (e.g. half marathon, 50K, etc.), or who ran a qualifying time prior to January 1, 2019, be considered for guaranteed entry as a Time Qualifier?
    No. Exceptions to qualifying times, distances and dates will not be made. 

    Can those who run a qualifying time after the application window register as a Time Qualifier?
    No. All time qualifiers must register during the application window.

    What constitutes a verifiable time for guaranteed entry as a Time Qualifier?
    A marathon time run on a course certified by USA Track & Field (USATF), IAAF, or similar governing association on or after January 1, 2019. Proof must be submitted in the form of an official finisher certificate or official results page. Exceptions/considerations will not be made for non-certified events, weather or course conditions, or for any race distance other than a full marathon.

    I participated in the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience. Will my participation count towards the legacy or time qualifier entry application?
    No. The Virtual Experience results listing will not be incorporated into the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon results and cannot be used as a qualifying time for other events.

    Will past Chicago Marathon finishers be given preference to register for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    Yes. Those who have completed five or more Chicago Marathons within the last 10 years may register for the 2022 Chicago Marathon with a guaranteed entry. Beyond this consideration, past Chicago Marathon finishers have the same registration options as all other interested individuals.

  • DRAWING APPLICATION FAQS

    Is it possible that the event might sell out through the issuance of guaranteed entries, thus negating the drawing?
    No. The guaranteed entry application paths are in place to supplement the non-guaranteed drawing, not replace it. The allotment of charity and tour group entries is managed in a manner to maintain the diversity of the participant field and the equity of the entry process.

    Is there a fee to apply for the non-guaranteed entry drawing?
    There is no fee to apply for an entry.

    Is there a limit to the number of people that can apply for a non-guaranteed entry?
    No. The application will remain open for entry until application deadline.

    How many entries will be available through the non-guaranteed entry drawing?
    We don’t know at this time, as that number will depend on the total number of people who register with a guaranteed entry by the application deadline.

    How many entries are allotted to charities and tour groups?
    There is not a specific allotment of entries for charities or tour groups. Rather, the registration process for these groups has been designed to help them achieve the same number of participants they have had in past years, and to allow for slight, incremental growth.

    Is there an advantage to applying for the drawing earlier versus later?
    No. The time at which someone applies for the drawing will have no bearing on their chances of selection.

    When/how will I know if I’ve been selected through the non-guaranteed entry drawing?
    Applicants will be notified via email of their entry status on Thursday, December 9. 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.

    Can someone apply for the non-guaranteed entry drawing multiple times to increase their chances of selection?
    No. Prior to selection, duplicate entries will be removed from the system and therefore will not increase one’s chances of selection.

    What happens if I enter the non-guaranteed entry drawing multiple times and get selected more than once?
    Duplicate entries will be removed from the system prior to the drawing.

    If I’m not selected to receive an entry is there still a way I can participate in the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    Yes. 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.

  • CANCELLATION (BY YOU OR BY US) FAQS

    What are my options if I sign up and can’t participate?
    Registered participants who are unable to participate in the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon can cancel their entry through Wednesday, October 5 via their participant account. All event fees (entry, ancillary products, etc.) are non-refundable and will not be applied to future participation. Participants who select this option must complete the 2022 application process and pay the 2022 entry fee in order to redeem their guaranteed entry. It’s important to note that once an entry is cancelled the process cannot be undone.

    This opportunity is not available to participants who received a guaranteed entry through the charity or tour group applications.

    I claimed my 2020 deferred entry for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Am I eligible for the event’s entry cancellation process?
    Registered participants who claimed their 2020 deferred entry for the 2022 event are eligible to cancel their 2021 entry and access a guaranteed entry for the 2023 event. Participants who select this option must complete the 2023 application process and pay the 2023 entry fee in order to redeem their guaranteed entry. 

    I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I get a refund, donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?
    No. Per our event rules: Sale and/or transfer of race entries/bib numbers is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events. All entry fees are non-refundable.

    Are there any exceptions at all? If I provide medical documentation for my surgery, injury, pregnancy, etc., can I receive a refund?
    There are no exceptions to the event rules.

    I cancelled my entry, but something changed and now I’m able to participate. Can I undo my decision to cancel my entry?
    No. Once you cancel your 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry it cannot be undone. Registered participants have until Wednesday, October 5, 2022 to complete the individual cancellation process. We encourage you to complete the process when you are confident you can no longer participate in the 2022 event. 

    What are my options if race organizers cancel the event?
    If it is determined, for reasons outside of the event’s control, that the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon cannot take place, registered participants will have the option to receive a partial refund for their 2022 entry or the opportunity to defer their place to the 2023 event and receive a discount on their 2023 entry fee.

    Learn more about the options available to registered participants in the event of a race cancellation.

    Why does the event not allow participants to defer their place and entry fee?
    Our current policy in the event of a cancellation considers a participant’s financial commitment to the event, as well as 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 experience for our participants. Planning and financial commitment for each year’s event begins well in advance of the application window for the next event.

    Learn more about the options available to registered participants in the event of a race cancellation.

  • REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FAQS

    What is refundable registration and who is it available to?
    Individuals who are concerned they may not be able to participate in the 2022 event can pay an additional service fee (14% of all items purchased, excluding event processing fees) for a 100% refund of the entry fee and additional products paid by the participant during the registration process. Registered participants, who purchased refundable registration, and are unable to participate in the race (for one of the wide range of perils covered) must apply to receive a 100% refund of their entry fee and ancillary purchases. An update on the application should be received within 10 business days of the application submission. Please note, refundable registration is not eligible to participants whose entry will be paid for by a charity, tour sponsor partner.

    Learn more about the options available to registered participants if they choose not to participate.

    What is refundable registration?
    Individuals who are concerned they may not be able to participate in the 2022 event could pay an additional service fee (14% of all items purchased, excluding event processing fees) for a 100% refund of the entry fee and additional products paid by the participant during the registration process. Registered participants who purchased refundable booking and are unable to participate in the race (for one of the wide range of perils covered) will receive a 100% refund of their entry fee and ancillary purchases within 10 business days of the refund application process.

    Learn more about refundable registration.

    Who is eligible to purchase refundable registration?
    Refundable registration is available to individuals who paid for their entry and/or additional products during the registration process. Please note, refundable registration is not available to individuals whose entry will be paid for by a charity, tour or sponsor partner.

    When can I purchase refundable registration?
    The option to purchase refundable registration is only available during the application/registration process.

    If event organizers cancel the event would I receive a refund on my refundable registration purchase?
    No. In the event of a cancellation by the event, the additional service fee associated with refundable registration would not be refunded.

    I purchased refundable registration and I can no longer participate. How do I apply for a refund?
    If you purchased refundable registration and your reason for not participating is included in the terms, you must complete the Refund Application Form as soon as possible to apply for a refund. For more information on refundable booking visit: refundable.me/haku/.

    What does refundable registration cover?
    A wide range of perils are covered by refundable registration. Please note, refundable registration does not cover the following:

    • If the participant does not attend the event because they are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) or are self-isolating without a positive COVID-19 test or other non-COVID-19 communicable diseases leading to quarantines or travel restrictions
    • Actual or perceived: war, hostilities, civil commotion, etc.
    • If event organizers cancel the race
    • Processing fees associated with items (entry fee, ancillary products, etc.) purchased during the application process

    For more information on the perils covered by refundable registration visit: refundable.me/haku/.

    Why aren’t communicable diseases covered by refundable registration?
    Refundable registration administered by the Protect Group only provides a refund for the listed wide range of perils covered.  Communicable diseases are not a covered reason offered by the Protect Group.  See Covid-19 section in the following link to see where Protect Group may consider a refund related to Covid-19: refundable.me/haku/ .

    If my refund is approved, will the refundable registration service be included in the refund?
    Individuals who add refundable registration to their application will pay an additional service fee (14% of all items purchased, excluding event processing fees) for a 100% refund of the entry fee and additional products paid by the participant during the registration process. If a refund application is submitted and approved, the additional service fee (14% of all items purchased, excluding event processing fees) will not be included in the amount refunded.

    My refund from Protect Group was approved and processed, but something changed and now I’m able to participate. Can I undo my refund?
    No. Once your refund has been approved the process cannot be undone. We encourage you to complete the process when you are confident you can no longer participate in the 2022 event.

    What if my refund from Protect Group is denied?
    If your refund is denied, you are still eligible to cancel your entry. When you cancel your entry it’s important to note, all event fees (entry, ancillary products, etc.) are non-refundable and will not be applied to future participation. Participants who select this option must complete the 2023 application process and pay the 2023 entry fee in order to redeem their guaranteed entry. For more information on refundable booking visit: refundable.me/haku/.


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