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Start corrals

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon proudly stands out as a race that welcomes elite runners and debut marathoners alike. The wave and start corral process offers a more optimal race day experience for all runners.

Final start corral assignments are now available to view in your Participant account. Upon logging into your account please click “Your registrations” to view your final start corral assignment.

Please note:

  • The deadline to update or request a change to your start corral assignment was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 14.
  • Start corrals will be assigned or re-assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Assignment to a specific start corral is not guaranteed.
  • Final start corral assignments were posted on Tuesday, August 21

2018 start corral qualifying standards

Frequently asked questions

What are start corrals?
Start corrals are designated start areas designed to facilitate a more efficient and convenient race start for all participants. Wave 1 Start Corrals (American Development, A, B, C, D, and E) are assigned based on a verified qualifying time. Wave 2 (F, G and H) and Wave 3 (J, K and L) start corrals are assigned based on the estimated finish time you entered on your race application.

Are start corrals guaranteed?
No.  Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis until the corrals reach their respective capacities.

I have been automatically assigned to a Wave 1 start corral. How did this happen
Some participants are automatically assigned to a start corral based on their qualifying performance at the 2016-2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon or based other past performances.

How can I qualify for a Wave 1 start corral?
Wave 1 start corrals (American Development, A, B, C, D, and E) are assigned based on a verified qualifying time. The deadline to update or request a change to your start corral assignment was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 14.

Can I switch from one start corral to another?
If you qualified for a “faster” corral, you needed to submit a “faster” qualifying time prior to the August 14 deadline. If you were automatically assigned to a start corral but do not wish to start in that corral, you can request a new corral by emailing startcorrals@chicagomarathon.com.

My relative, friend has been assigned to a different start corral. How can we run together?
If a relative or friends is assigned to a Wave 1 start corral, you must have a half marathon or marathon time that qualifies you for that corral. If you do not have a time that qualifies you for a Wave 1 start corral, both of you can request a Wave 2 start corral assignment by emailing startcorrals@chicagomarathon.com.

I submitted a qualifying time by email. Will I receive confirmation that my start corral has been changed?
No. Participants will receive an automatic response only, indicating that the email was received. Runners will be responsible for checking any changes in their Participant Account.

Can I switch from one start corral to another on race day?
No. All participants must start in their assigned start corral on race day.  All start corral changes needed to be made prior to the deadline at 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 14.

If the Nike+ Run Club Pacers I want to run with are not offered in my start corral, what should I do?
A pace bib will not give you entry into a particular start corral. If you want to run with a Nike+ Run Club Pacer in Wave 1, you must qualify for and/or be assigned to the start corral. For more information visit the Nike+ Run Club Pacer page.

Can I be reassigned to a different start corral at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo?
No. The deadline to request a change was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 14. No reassignments will be made following this deadline.

I missed qualifying for a Wave 1 start corral by a few seconds. Will you make an exception?
No. Start corral qualifying standards are strictly adhered to.

If you have questions, please email startcorrals@chicagomarathon.com

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