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2016 Application

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Runners will have access to guaranteed or non-guaranteed entry applications.


Guaranteed entry application

Applications for guaranteed entries will be available from March 8 to April 12 for:

  • Legacy finishers
    Click here to learn more
  • Time qualifiers
    Click here to learn more
  • 2015 Deferments
    Click here to learn more
  • Charity program runners
    Those who opt to run and fundraise for any of the charities that are a part of the official Charity Program. Click here to learn more about the Charity Program. Additional information on 2016 official charities will be available in the coming weeks.
  • International Tour Group program runners
    Participants outside the U.S. who opt to join a tour group (package includes travel, accommodation and race entry). Additional information on the tour group partners will be available in the coming weeks.

Non-guaranteed entry application (selection through a drawing)

Applications for non-guaranteed entries will be available from March 15 to April 12 for:

  • Interested runners who do not qualify for a guaranteed entry
  • Applicants will be drawn at random from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applications
  • Click here for more information

Entry fee

  • U.S. residents (those who live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories): $185 (USD)
  • Non-U.S. residents: $210 (USD)

Runners will be asked to provide credit card information as a part of the application process. Credit cards will be charged once an application is approved or accepted through the drawing.

  • When completing the application please use a credit card that has an expiration date later than April 2016.
  • If an application is accepted in the drawing and we do not have a valid credit card on file, the applicant will lose his or her place in the entry process.

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 7 or Saturday, October 8.
  • 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.

Frequently asked questions

For answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 2016 application, click here. 

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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