All 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon media credentials must be applied for by 5 p.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, September 12.
Credentials to cover the race may not be applied for after this date. Media credentials will be printed with the reporter’s name and outlet. The name on the credential must match the reporter’s ID. For this reason, media will no longer be able to apply for generic press passes (i.e. Cameraman #1). If your station intends on covering the race, we advise that you fill out credential request forms for each person that could potentially need media authorization on race weekend. Media access on race day will not be allowed for any individual who does not have a credential matching his or her personal ID. Completing this application does not guarantee media credential access for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. You will be contacted by the event within five to seven business days with the status of your application.
If you are an outlet requesting media credentials on behalf of five or more individuals, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Media access options
General media: This credential will allow the media member access to pre- and post-race press conferences, and the working media center on race day.
Photographer/videographer: This credential will allow the media member access to pre- and post-race press conferences and the start and finish line photo corrals.
- Start line photo corral access: Sunday, October 7 (5:30 to 8:30 a.m.)
The start line photo corral will close as soon as the last runner crosses the start line.
- Finish line photo corral access: Sunday, October 7 (8:00 to 10:30 a.m.)
The finish line corrals will close as soon as the last elite runner crosses the finish line.
Please note: Members of the media may shoot photography or video along the course without a race-issued credential. The start line and finish line photo corrals will only be accessible by media members with official credentials. Members of the media will not have access to restricted areas of Grant Park beyond the designated start line and finish line photo corrals.
All credentialed media accessing Grant Park will be subject to a security screening. Media members covering the start of the race will receive transportation from the media center to the start line photo corral. Media members covering the finish of the race will be escorted to the finish line photo corral by a member of the media team. More information will be sent to credentialed media in advance of race weekend.
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