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Bank of America Chicago Marathon runners

You can apply for a guaranteed or non-guaranteed entry to the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Applications for a guaranteed entry will open at 10 a.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, October 24.

The application for a non-guaranteed entry will open at 10 a.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, October 31.

All applications will close at 2 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Thursday, November 30.

Learn more about applying for an entry to the 2018 Chicago Marathon below.


Guaranteed entry applications

Time qualifier

In 2018, we will be implementing age and gender standards to our time qualifier entry application. If you meet the marathon qualifying standards outlined below you can guarantee your spot in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a time qualifier.

Age group Men Women
16 – 29 3:10:00 3:40:00
30 – 39 3:15:00 3:45:00
40 – 49 3:25:00 3:55:00
50 – 59 3:40:00 4:15:00
60 – 69 4:00:00 4:55:00
70 – 79 4:30:00 5:45:00
80 and over 5:10:00 6:30:00
  • Marathon finish times outside of the qualifying standards will not be considered.
  • Times run prior to January 1, 2016 will not be considered.
  • Finish times at race distances other than a marathon, such as a half marathon or 50K will not be considered.
    A verifiable time is one run on a certified course, those certified by USA Track & Field (USATF) or a similar governing association; considerations will not be made for non-certified races, weather or course conditions.
  • The qualifying time is based upon each athlete’s age on the date of the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (October 7, 2018)

Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Verification can take up to seven business days.  Upon verification, if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

If your application is not approved, your application will be automatically switched to a non-guaranteed entry application and entered in the drawing.

The time qualifier entry opportunity is available during the 2018 application window (Tuesday, October 24 to Thursday, November 30).

Legacy finisher

If you have finished the Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years (2008 – 2017) you can guarantee your spot in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a legacy.

  • Chicago Marathon finishes prior to 2008 will not be considered.
  • Years in which someone signed up for, but did not finish the Chicago Marathon, will not be considered.
  • Finishes at marathons other than the Chicago Marathon will not be considered.

Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Verification can take up to seven business days.  Upon verification, if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

If your application is not approved, your application will be automatically switched to a non-guaranteed entry application and entered in the drawing.

The legacy finisher entry opportunity is available during the 2018 application window (Tuesday, October 24 to Thursday, November 30).

Charity entry

If you are interested in running and fundraising on behalf of a charity, you can guarantee your spot in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

  • Each charity manages its own unique charity team, runner benefits and fundraising requirements.
  • Fundraising requirements may vary from charity to charity, but will be no less than $1,000 (USD) if the entry is claimed during the application window and $1,500 (USD) if the entry is claimed following the application window.
  • Only charities that are part of the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Program have access to guaranteed entries.
  • If you are interested in running for charity you should directly contact one of our official Bank of America Chicago Marathon charities.

2017 Cancelled entry

If you completed the deferment opportunity prior to the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon you can guarantee your spot in the 2018 event. 

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon registration fees and ancillary purchases are nonrefundable.
  • Your 2017 registration fees will not be applied to your 2018 application.
  • You must pay the full 2018 registration fee during the 2018 application window to receive a guaranteed entry.
  • If you cancelled your 2017 entry and receive a 2018 entry through this guaranteed application, you will not be eligible to cancel your entry for a second time.

Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Verification can take up to seven business days.  Upon verification, if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

If your application is not approved, your application will be automatically switched to a non-guaranteed entry application and entered in the drawing.

The 2017 cancelled entry opportunity is available during the 2018 application window (Tuesday, October 24 to Thursday, November 30).

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K

If you have run the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K four or more times since 2008 and have signed up for the 2018 Shamrock Shuffle you can guarantee your spot in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

  • You must have run the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K four or more times since 2008.
  • You must be signed up for the 2018 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K to be eligible for a guaranteed entry into the 2018 Chicago Marathon.
  • If you aren’t signed for the 2018 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, you can register at shamrockshuffle.com.
  • This opportunity is available to first 1,000 participants who apply and qualify based on the standards above.

Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon verification (within seven business days), if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

This entry opportunity is available during the 2018 application window (Tuesday, October 24 to Thursday, November 30).

International tour group entry

If you are interested in traveling and running with an international tour group you can guarantee your spot in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

  • Each tour partner manages its own unique tour.
  • Requirements, such as cost of entry, air travel, hotel, etc., may vary.
  • Only tour operators that are part of the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon International Tour Program have access to guaranteed entries, if the tour partner is not on this list, they do not have access to entries.
  • Not all countries have approved Chicago Marathon tour partners.
  • If you are interested in joining an international tour group you should directly contact one of our official Bank of America Chicago Marathon tour partners.

American Development Program

If you meet the marathon qualifying standards outlined below you can guarantee your spot in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon through the American Development Program. The program is limited to the first 300 participants to apply and meet the qualifying standards shown below.

Qualifying standards Half marathon Marathon
Men Sub 1:11:00 Sub 2:31:00
Women Sub 1:21:00 Sub 3:01:00
Men Masters (age 40+) Sub 1:13:00 Sub 2:41:00
Women Masters (age 40+) Sub 1:25:00 Sub 3:13:00
  • Marathon finish times outside of the qualifying standards will not be considered.
  • Times run prior to January 1, 2016 will not be considered.
  • 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.
  • Finish times at race distances other than a half marathon or marathon will not be considered
  • A verifiable time is one run on a certified course, those certified by USA Track & Field (USATF) or a similar governing association; considerations will not be made for non-certified races, weather or course conditions.

Submitted applications will be reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Verification can take up to seven business days. Upon verification, if your entry is approved, you will be notified via email and the entry fee will be automatically processed.

The American Development Program entry opportunity will open on Wednesday, December 13 and will be available through September 1, 2018 or until the program reaches its capacity of 300 participants.


Non-guaranteed entry application

Drawing

If you are not eligible for a guaranteed entry, you can apply for a 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry through the non-guaranteed entry drawing application.

  • Following the application deadline on Thursday, November 30, names will be selected from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applications
  • You may not submit more than one application
  • You will be notified via email of your entry status on Tuesday, December 12
  • If you receive an entry through the drawing you will be automatically charged the 2018 registration fee

If you apply for, but do not receive an entry through the drawing you may still register for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon by opting to run for select official charities or tour groups.

The drawing entry opportunity is available during the 2018 application window (Tuesday, October 31 to Thursday, November 30).

Registration fee

  • U.S. residents (those who live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories): $195 (USD)
  • Non-U.S. residents: $220 (USD)

You will be asked to provide credit card information as a part of the application process. Your credit card will be charged when and if your application is approved or selected through drawing.

When completing the application please use a credit card that has an expiration date later than December 2017.

Athletes with Disabilities Program

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon strives to provide accessibility for all athletes with disabilities through our Athletes with Disabilities Program. For more information visit the Athletes with Disabilities Program page.

Event requirements

  • Participants must be 16 years or older on race day.
  • Participants 16-17 years of age must have permission from their parent or legal guardian permitting them to participate in the race. This permission is given during the application process.
  • The Bank of America Chicago Marathon requires that participants be able to complete the 26.2 mile distance in six hours and 30 minutes (6:30:59). The marathon course will reopen for public use on a rolling schedule based on this time limit.
  • The sale and/or transfer of race entries/bib numbers is strictly prohibited.
  • All registration fees and ancillary purchases are nonrefundable.
  • All participants are required to pick up their own participant packet (bib number and timing device) at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during the scheduled hours of operation on Friday, October 5 or Saturday, October 6.
  • All participants are required to show a government-issued photo ID upon picking up their own participant packet.
  • All participants must be familiar with and abide by the event rules.

If you have questions about registration, please call the Bank of America Chicago Marathon office during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. U.S. Central Time) at 312.904.9800 or email office@chicagomarathon.com.

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