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General information

Bank of America Chicago Marathon start line
Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

Schedule of events
Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS
Participant guide
Run in the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K
Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise from Nike
Age groups and awards
Nike+ Run Club Pacers
Information presented by Molex
Runner Reunite
Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party
Lost and found
Restaurants


Schedule of events

Friday, October 5
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 6
Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K
7:30 a.m.
Learn more at chicago5K.com.

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 7
Grant Park, Chicago

5:30 a.m. – Gear check opens
5:30 a.m. – Start corrals open
7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start (men)
7:21 a.m. – Wheelchair Start (women)
7:22 a.m. – Handcycle Start
7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start

Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party
Grant Park, Butler Field
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Times are subject to change.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re running or spectating, the free mobile app includes everything you’ll need to be prepared for a great race week experience.

The 2018 mobile app features unlimited live race day runner tracking, elite athlete profiles, live broadcast streaming, real time weather, an interactive course map, bib share, marathon store, event photos and much more! Available now on the App Store and Google Play.

Participant guide

The 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant guide is a step-by-step manual to assist you during race week, from your visit to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, to race morning in Grant Park and during the race itself. Learn more and download the guide.

Run in the Advocate Health Care
International Chicago 5K

Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K

Take part in the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K! The Bank of America Chicago Marathon attracts runners from all 50 states, more than 100 countries, and brings Chicagoans together for a weekend of excitement. Wherever you arrive from, we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 6 for the 2018 International Chicago 5K. The race is the perfect way for marathoners, fans of the sport and friends and family to experience this international city and take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weekend. Don’t miss your chance to run through the streets of downtown Chicago and celebrate running in a world class city!

To learn more about the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K visit  chicago5K.com.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise from NikeNike logo

Commemorate your Bank of America Chicago Marathon experience with official merchandise offered by Nike. The official merchandise collection includes commemorative performance running and lifestyle apparel and can be purchased at the following locations starting at the end of September. Official finisher merchandise will be available on Sunday, October 7.

 

  • Abbott Health & Fitness Expo (October 5 & 6)
  • Nike Chicago, 669 N. Michigan Avenue
  • Nike Running Bucktown, 1640 N. Damen Avenue
  • Nike.com 
  • Fleet Feet Old Town, 1706 N. Wells Street
  • Fleet Feet South Loop, 1520 W. Roosevelt Road
  • Fleet Feet Lincoln Square, 4762 N. Lincoln Avenue
  • Fleet Feet Lakeview, 3359 N. Southport Avenue
  • Fleet Feet Elmhurst, 124 E. Schiller Street, Elmhurst, IL
  • Fleet Feet Oak Park, 102 N. Marion Street, Oak Park, IL
  • Fleet Feet Deerfield, 800 IL-43, Deerfield, IL

Age groups and awards

Personalized engraved finisher medals will be awarded to the top five finishers in each age division listed below. Age group medals will be mailed to the winners following the official verification of all race results.

Male and Female: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over

Nike+ Run Club Pacers

Nike+ Run Club Pacers are comprised of marathon veterans who help others achieve their performance goals. NRC Pacers will pace groups of runners according to the following finish times: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:30, 4:40, 4:55, 5:00, 5:10, 5:25 and 5:45. Learn more about the NRC Pacers, including how to join and frequently asked questions.

Molex logoInformation presented by Molex

Information presented by Molex will be available throughout Grant Park on race day. Information Tents will be available to assist participants and spectators with event information, course maps and general event inquiries as well as lost and found items. Information Tents will be located in the following areas:

  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at 11th Street
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Harrison Street
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Jackson Drive
  • Within the Buckingham Fountain Gear Check facility (participant only Information Tent)
  • North side of Jackson Drive between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive
  • On the northwest corner of Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive

Runner Reunite

Connect with friends and family after the race, at Runner Reunite. Alphabetical signs (A-Z) will be staged on Columbus Drive adjacent to the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party to facilitate meeting locations by name. Once you’ve connected, head to the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party to celebrate your finish.

Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party

As soon as you cross the finish line, celebrate your accomplishment at the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Butler Field, near the start line at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive. The outdoor celebration will feature live music, food and beverages available for purchase. Participants age 21 and over (photo ID required) can redeem the tear-off portion of their bib number for one free Goose Island beer.

Massage therapy
More than 200 students, faculty, and alumni from Chicago’s Cortiva Institute will offer complimentary post-race massage treatments for runners. The Massage Tent will be located within the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party at the southwest corner, adjacent to the Petrillo Band Shell.

Race day runner results
Participants and spectators can view finisher results at the Race Day Runner Results Tent within the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party. Volunteers will be on hand to help you look up unofficial race day results.

Continue your post-race celebration with Goose Island Beer Co.Goose Island logo
Goose Island is proud to set the pace for race day refreshments in Chicago. Enjoy 312 Urban Wheat Ale or a Next Coast IPA at the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party, in Grant Park’s Butler Field, immediately after the race.

After the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party, continue the celebration at one of the six Goose Island Post-Race Participant Celebrations throughout the city. Be one of the first three hundred and twelve runners to arrive wearing a 2018 finisher medal, at any of the six locations, and the first 312 Urban Wheat Ale is on the house!

The 2018 Goose Island post-race participant celebrations will take place at:

Goose Island Tap Room
1800 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Lizzie McNeal’s
400 N. McClurg Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611
312.467.1992
The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen
1301 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605
312.705.0595
Hard Rock Café Chicago
63 W. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60654
312.943.2252
The Plaza at Park Grill
11 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602
312.521.7275
Tesori
65 E. Adams Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
312.786.9911

Lost and found

Lost and found items were collected throughout race weekend at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and in Grant Park on race day. If you are looking for an item that was lost, please visit the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Crowdfind page to confirm if your item was turned into the event lost and found. Learn more on the Lost and found page.

Restaurants

Park Grill logo

Park Grill is the featured restaurant of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Park Grill is located at the entrance of Chicago’s Millennium Park and steps from Michigan Avenue. Visit parkgrillchicago.com for more information.

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