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2017 Application


Runners can apply for a guaranteed or non-guaranteed entry to the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Guaranteed entries

You are eligible for a guaranteed entry if:

Applications for guaranteed entries will be available from October 25 to November 29.

Non-guaranteed entries

Runners not eligible for a guaranteed entry must apply for a non-guaranteed entry. Entries will be selected in a random drawing. Click here for more information.

Applications for non-guaranteed entries will be available from November 1 to November 29.

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): $195 (USD)
  • Non-U.S. residents: $220 (USD)

Runners will be asked to provide credit card information as a part of the application process. Credit cards will be charged once a guaranteed application is approved or a non-guaranteed application is selected in the drawing.

  • When completing the application please use a credit card that has an expiration date later than December 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 6 or Saturday, October 7.
  • 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

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