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Media credentials

Editors must complete the application for representatives of their media organization by 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Monday, September 20, 2021. The marathon will not consider credential requests after that deadline.

Media credentials are printed with an individual’s name, photo and media organization. Individuals are required to show photo identification and proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test result when picking up media credentials.  See further details below.

Onsite media access for the event is not allowed for any individual who does not have a credential matching their photo identification. All media credential applications are reviewed by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon media team. Completing this application does not guarantee media credential access for the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The event will contact applicants within five to seven business days with the status of their application.

Media members covering the event in-person are required to provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test result. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result for a test administered within 72 hours of attending the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Sunday, October 10). The event defines “fully vaccinated” as individuals who are two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

Media members are also required to wear face coverings while at indoor event venues, including the media center. Face coverings must be two-ply at a minimum and cover the mouth and nose securely. Single-ply neck gaiters and face shields are not acceptable facial coverings. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings in Grant Park.

All registered participants and event attendees will be asked to follow the event health and safety policy. View the event health policy.


Media access options

Media Center: This credential will allow the media member access to in-person pre- and post-race press conferences, and the working media center on race day.

Please note: Access to the working media center will be limited for the 2021 event. Credentialed media will have assigned seats and the media center hours of operation will be reduced to pre-race media opportunities and race day only. This decision was reached with attendee safety in mind as we continue to focus on operational measures that increase distancing and reduce dwell time.

Virtual Media Center: This credential will allow the media member access to a digital platform for pre- and post-race race press conferences, as well as direct video feeds of the elite races.

Photographer/videographer: This credential will allow the media member access to in-person pre- and post-race press conferences and the start and finish line photo corrals.

  • Start line photo corral access: Sunday, October 10 (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 10 (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 and health 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.


2021 Media credential application

Assignment editor name(Required)

Please complete the following information for the individual you are requesting access for:

Name(Required)
Requested access(Required)
Media distribution list
Media credential terms and conditions(Required)
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