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Start corrals

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon proudly stands out as a race that welcomes elite runners and debut marathoners alike. The wave and start corral process offer a more optimal race day experience for all runners.

Start corral assignments are based on the start corral qualifying standards, the information submitted during the application process (qualifying and estimated finish times) and previous Chicago Marathon results.

View the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Start corral qualifying standards.

Please note:

  • The deadline to update or request a change to your start corral assignment was Tuesday, August 13 (5 p.m. U.S. Central Time).
  • Final corral assignments will be posted on Thursday, August 22.

Log in to your Participant Account to see your start corral assignment.


Frequently asked questions

What are start corrals?
Start corrals are designated start areas designed to facilitate a more efficient and convenient race start for all participants. Wave 1 Start Corrals (American Development, A, B, C, D, and E) are assigned based on a verified qualifying time. Wave 2 (F, G and H) and Wave 3 (J, K and L) start corrals are assigned based on the estimated finish time you entered on your race application.

Are start corrals guaranteed?
No. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis until the corrals reach their respective capacities.

I have been automatically assigned to a Wave 1 start corral. How did this happen?
Some participants are automatically assigned to a start corral based on their qualifying performance at the 2017-2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon or based other past performances.

How can I qualify for a Wave 1 start corral?
Wave 1 start corrals (American Development, A, B, C, D, and E) are assigned based on a verified qualifying time.

If you wish to be assigned to a Wave 1 start corral, you needed to submit proof of a qualifying time achieved since January 1, 2017, on a certified course. The deadline to update or request a change to your start corral assignment was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 13.

Can I switch from one start corral to another?
If you qualify for a “faster” corral, you can be moved up to a faster corral by submitting a “faster” qualifying time prior to the August 13 deadline.

My relative or friend has been assigned to a different start corral. How can we run together?
If a relative or friend is assigned to a Wave 1 start corral, you must have a half marathon or marathon time that qualifies you for that corral. If you do not have a time that qualifies you for a Wave 1 start corral, both of you could have requested a Wave 2 start corral assignment.

I submitted a qualifying time by email. Will I receive confirmation that my start corral has been changed?
No. Participants will receive an automatic response only, indicating that the email was received. Runners will be responsible for checking any changes in their Participant Account.

Can I switch from one start corral to another on race day?
No. All participants must start in their assigned start corral on race day.  All start corral changes must be made prior to the deadline at 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 13.

If the Nike+ Run Club Pacers I want to run with are not offered in my start corral, what should I do?
A pace bib will not give you entry into a particular start corral. If you want to run with a Nike+ Run Club Pacer in Wave 1, you must qualify for and/or be assigned to the start corral. For more information visit the Nike+ Run Club Pacer page.

Can I be reassigned to a different start corral at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo?
No. The deadline to request a change was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 13. No reassignments will be made following this deadline.

I missed qualifying for a Wave 1 start corral by a few seconds. Will you make an exception?
No. Start corral qualifying standards are strictly adhered to.

If you have questions, please email startcorrals@chicagomarathon.com.

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