American Development Program
The American Development Program* recognizes the fastest amateur athletes in the 2016 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 2:31:00|
|Women||sub 1:21:00||sub 3:01:00|
Qualifying times must have been run no earlier than January 1, 2014 and no later than September 1, 2016.
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 official race start
- Opportunity to start directly behind the Elite Corral
The application for the American Development Program will be available beginning Monday, May 16, 2016.
The deadline to apply for the American Development Program is 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time), Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Elite Athlete Program
Every year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon welcomes thousands of runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states, including a world-class elite field. Participation in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite athlete program is by invitation only. For more information on the Chicago Marathon elite athlete program click here.