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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Please view the tabs below to find the answers to all your questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact the Chicago Marathon office at 312.904.9800 during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., U.S. Central Time) or email office@chicagomarathon.com.

  • Application

    2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    When is the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    The official date for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has not been announced. The 2020 date will be available this fall.

    How can I sign up to run the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    Runners interested in participating in the 2020 event must apply for an entry during the application window.

    When can I apply for a 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry?
    The application window for the 2020 event will be announced this fall.  To receive the information as soon as it becomes available, please subscribe to our Mile by Mile newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    What is the difference between a guaranteed entry and a non-guaranteed entry?
    A guaranteed entry ensures you a spot in the field for the 2020 event, provided that you agree to the terms of that entry (ex. Charity Program) or that you qualify for that entry (ex. Time Qualifier).

    A non-guaranteed entry is subject to a selection through a drawing. 

    Will the guaranteed entry paths be the same for the 2020 application window?
    The guaranteed entry paths are reviewed by the event registration team each year. Information regarding the guaranteed entry paths and qualifying standards will be announced this fall.

    I don’t qualify for a guaranteed entry how do I apply?
    If you don’t qualify for a guaranteed entry you can apply through the non-guaranteed entry drawing.

    How can I register to run for a charity partner?
    You can guarantee your entry into the event by running for one of the organizations in the event’s official Charity Program. Visit the charity index to view organizations that have entries available.

    Can I sign up to run for a charity that’s not part of the official Charity Program?
    No. Only organizations in the official Charity Program have entries into the event. If you want to fundraise on behalf of an organization that’s not a part of the official Charity Program, you can do so by securing your entry through the non-guaranteed entry drawing or another guaranteed entry path.

    How can I register to run with an International Tour Group?
    The Bank of America Chicago Marathon works with international tour groups that offer travel, accommodation and race entry packages for international participants. If you are interested in signing up with a tour group, you must reach out to the organization for more information. For a full list of tour groups by country, please visit the International Tour Group page.


    2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    Can I still sign up to run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    No. There are currently no options to sign up to run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    Does the American Development Program have a waitlist to join?
    No. The American Development Program does not have a waitlist. Once the program reaches its 300-runner capacity it will close.

    How can I cancel my 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry?
    You can cancel your entry by logging into your Bank of America Chicago Marathon Participant account. Before you cancel your entry, we encourage you to review the instructions and information provided on the Entry cancellation page.

    Can I get a refund if no longer can run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    No. Per our event rules: Race entries and ancillary purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable under any and all circumstances.

    I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I get a refund, donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?
    No. Per our event rules: The sale and/or transfer of race entries/bibs is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events.

  • Runner information

    General information

    When is the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    The 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 13.

    Is there a half marathon option?
    No. There is no half marathon option.

    Is there a waitlist to register to run?
    No. There is not a waitlist to sign up for the 2019 event. All participants must apply to run during the application window.

    Are relay teams allowed to take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    No. We do not have a relay division. Each participant must individually complete the full 26.2-mile distance.

    Do you have a lost and found in case I lose something race weekend?
    Yes. Lost items will be collected race weekend and will be held until Thursday, October 31, 2019. For more information and to claim your most item, please visit the Lost and found page.


    Race information

    How can I access or update my race information?
    You can access and update your race information in your Bank of America Chicago Marathon Participant account.


    Course amenities

    Do you offer pace teams?
    Yes. Nike Pacers will pace groups of runners according to the following finish times: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:40, 4:50, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45. To learn more about the pace teams please visit the Nike Pace Team page.

    What runner amenities do you offer on course?
    20 aid stations are located along the course approximately one to two miles apart. Each aid station consists of the following amenities in this order: Medical Tent with access to a Runner Transport vehicle, toilet facilities, Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor) and water. For more information about the on-course offerings, please visit the Course & amenities page.

    Do you provide support for runners who are unable to finish the race?
    Yes. If you are unable to complete the 26.2-mile course, runner transport vehicles, located at all 20 aid stations will be on hand to drive you back to the start and finish areas in Grant Park.

    Is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon walker-friendly?
    The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is open to all registered participants. However, the Chicago Marathon course begins to re-open to vehicular traffic after 6 hours and 30 minutes of the last official starter. Participants must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace (approximately) or faster, completing the full marathon distance—start line to finish line—within the event time requirement.


    Weather

    What is the average temperature on race day?
    Normal high: 66 Fahrenheit / 19 Celsius
    Normal low: 48 Fahrenheit / 9 Celsius


    Cancellation/refund policy

    I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I get a refund, donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?
    No. Per our event rules: Sale and/or transfer of race entries/bib numbers is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events. All entry fees are non-refundable.

    Are there any exceptions at all? If I provide medical documentation for my surgery, injury, pregnancy, etc., can I receive a refund?
    There are no exceptions to the event rules.

    How can I cancel my race entry?
    If you would like to cancel your entry you can do so through your participant account. For more information about the cancellation process please visit the Entry cancellation page.

  • Training

    Does the Bank of America Chicago Marathon have a recommended training plan?
    Yes. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon offers an official 18-week training program developed by Nike Coaches. The program is made to be adaptive to all runners and customized to fit in with your daily schedule and needs. For more information and to download the program, please visit the Training & nutrition page.

    I’m trying to run a Boston qualifying time. Do you have pacers to help me meet my goal?
    Yes. Nike Pacers will be available on race day to help you meet your performance goals. View the pace groups for established marathon finish times on the Nike Pace Team page.

    Is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon training program available in kilometers?
    No. The official Bank of America Chicago Marathon training program from Nike is not available in kilometers.

  • Hotels, travel & parking

    Hotels

    Do you work with an official travel and housing partner that offers special rates for Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants?
    Experient is the official housing partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, offering access to exclusive room blocks at the city’s most desirable hotels. The housing site for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has closed. If you have questions in regard to reservations booked through Experient, please email chi@experient-inc.com or call 800.967.8852. International participants, please call 847.996.5832.

    Still looking for a hotel room for the 2019 race? View a list of properties with rooms available.

    What is the official headquarter hotel of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    The Hilton Chicago is the official headquarter hotel of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    I booked my hotel through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon housing site – did I book through a third party?
    Yes. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon works with Experient, the official travel and housing partner, to provide access to exclusive room blocks at the city’s most desirable hotels. The housing site for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has closed. If you have questions in regard to reservations booked through Experient, please email chi@experient-inc.com or call 800.967.8852. International participants, please call 847.996.5832.

    Still looking for a hotel room for the 2019 race? View a list of properties with rooms available.

    Where is my hotel in comparison to Bank of America Chicago Marathon events and venues?
    View the Bank of America Chicago Marathon housing index to see the distance of hotels in comparison to race weekend events and venues.

    How can I confirm my hotel reservation?
    Once you have made your hotel reservation you will receive a confirmation email from Experient. If you do not receive the email, please contact Experient’s customer service at chi@experient-inc.com.

    How can I cancel my hotel reservation?
    If you have booked your hotel registration through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon housing site and would like to cancel your registration, please contact Experient’s customer service at chi@experient-inc.com.


    Travel

    What is the best way to get to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
    The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers an economical and convenient way to get to and from Grant Park on race day. For the most up-to-date travel information and to learn how to use the CTA bus and rail system visit transitchicago.com.


    Parking

    Where should I park my car race morning?
    You are strongly encouraged to use public transportation race weekend. If you drive, allow sufficient time for heavy traffic congestion and street closures due to the race. The closest race day parking options to Grant Park are available at the Millennium Garages (Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park and Millennium Lakeside garages). For more information, please visit millenniumgarages.com.

    Where can I find information about race day street closures?
    Information about race day street closures will be available in advance of race day.

  • Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and packet pick-up

    Abbott Health & Fitness Expo

    Where is Abbott Health & Fitness Expo (packet pick-up) located?
    The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo is held in the North Building (Hall B) of the McCormick Place Convention Center. For more information on the Health & Fitness Expo, visit the Expo & packet pick-up page.

    When is the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo (packet pick-up)?
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    What if I can’t make it to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo?
    You must pick up your participant packet and participant bag in person at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. These items (participant packets, bags and running shirts) will not be available for pickup on race day and will not be mailed. Individuals will not be allowed to pick up these items on behalf of others.

    What exhibitors will be at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo?
    The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features more than 180 health and fitness exhibitors. A full list of exhibitors will be available in advance of race weekend on the Expo & packet pick-up page.

    If I am a vendor interested in purchasing booth space at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, whom should I contact?
    If you are interested in purchasing booth space, please visit the Marketing Opportunities page.


    Packet pick-up

    Do I have to pick up my participant packet, participant bag and t-shirt at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo?
    Yes. You must pick up your participant packet and participant bag in person at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. These items (participant packets, bags and running shirts) will not be available for pickup on race day and will not be mailed. Individuals will not be allowed to pick up these items on behalf of others.

    Can I pick up my participant packet, participant bag and t-shirt on the day of the race?
    No. Participant materials will not be available for race day pick up.

    When will I receive my Packet pick-up ticket email?
    You will receive your packet pick-up ticket email in advance of race weekend.

    I never received my Packet pick-up ticket email. Can you resend it to me?
    The Packet pick-up ticket emails cannot be resent. If you misplaced or did not receive a packet pick-up ticket or email, go directly to the Participant Services Desk where event staff will, upon verification of your registration, provide your packet pick-up ticket.

  • Start

    Start line and corrals

    Where is the start line?
    The Bank of America Chicago Marathon start line is located in Grant Park at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street.

    When is my start time?
    Your start time is based on your assigned start wave.

    • Wave 1 Start (red) 7:30 a.m.
    • Wave 2 Start (blue) 8 a.m.
    • Wave 3 Start (orange) 8:35 a.m.

    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 2017-2018 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.

    Can I switch from one start corral to another?
    If you qualify for a “faster” corral, you could have been moved up to a faster corral by submitting a “faster” qualifying time prior to the August 13 deadline.

    My relative or friend has been assigned to a different start corral. How can we run together?
    If a relative or friend 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 could have requested a Wave 2 start corral assignment.

    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 must have been made prior to the August 13 deadline.

    If the Nike 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 Pacer in Wave 1, you must qualify for and/or be assigned to the start corral. For more information visit the Nike Pace Team page.

    Can I be reassigned to a different start corral at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo?
    No. The deadline to request a change is Tuesday, August 13. 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.


    Gear check

    Where can I check my gear on race day?
    You may store small personal items or articles of clothing during the race at your designated gear check area, which is determined by your start wave: Red, Blue or Orange.

    Which gear check area should I use?
    Each runner is assigned to a specific gear check area. Your assigned gear check area corresponds with your start wave, as well as the color of your event bib number (red, blue or orange).

    Can I check my suitcase or luggage at my gear check tent?
    No. You must use your race-issued gear check bag (your clear plastic participant bag); no other bags will be accepted at gear check.

  • Course

    Course

    What is the course time limit?
    The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes. After this time, the course will re-open to vehicular traffic. Participants must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace (approximately) or faster, completing the full marathon distance—start line to finish line—within the event time requirement. Those who finish outside of the time limit will not be recorded as official finishers and may not receive full on-course support from aid stations and traffic safety personnel.

    Is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
    Yes. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a Boston Qualifier.

    Where can I find information about race day street closures?
    Information about race day street closures will be available in advance of race day.

    If the weather changes during the race, will there be alerts along the course?
    Yes, if weather changes during the race participants will be alerted based on the Event Alert System (EAS) levels. The Event Alert System is a color-coded system that communicates the status of course conditions to participants, spectators, volunteers and event staff leading up to and on race day. On race day, the current EAS level is announced via public address announcements and color-coded signs/flags at the start and finish areas and at each of the 20 aid stations along the course.


    Aid stations

    How many aid stations are on course?
    There are 20 aid stations on course. The aid stations are located approximately one to two miles apart.

    What flavor Gatorade do you offer on the course?
    Gatorade Endurance Formula Lemon-lime will be offered at all aid stations.

    Is there food available on the course?
    Yes, there will be food and other offerings on course. Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Chews will be available in Orange and Fruit Punch flavors at Aid Station 10 (Mile 13.2).

    Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels will be available in Apple Pear, Vanilla, Blackberry and Mango flavors at Aid Station 14 (Mile 18.2).

    Aid Stations 15-18 (Miles 19.5-23.5) will offer bananas.

    Are there any amenities on course?
    Yes, each aid station will include the following amenities in this order:

    • Medical Tent with access to a Runner Transport vehicle*
    • Toilet facilities
    • Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor)
    • Water

    Biofreeze Pain Relief Spray will be available at the Biofreeze Pain Relief Zone located at Mile 21.2 (Cermak Road and Archer Avenue).


    Prohibited items

    Can I run with headphones?
    Yes. Music devices with headphones are permitted for use on the course; however, participants must be alert to their surroundings at all times and must pay attention to important announcements made in Grant Park and along the course. Music devices with headphones are not permitted for use by athletes in the American Development Program.

    Can I run with my GPS watch device?
    Yes. Participants can run with their GPS watch device. However, athletes competing for prize money cannot carry devices that can be used to communicate with any other person.

    What is not allowed on course?
    The event does prohibit participants from using or carrying certain items/devices while on course. For more information on the prohibited devices, please visit the Event rules page.

  • Finish

    Finish line

    Where is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon finish line located?
    The Bank of America Chicago Marathon finish line is located on Columbus Drive south of Balbo Drive in Grant Park.

    What food and drink items are provided at the finish line?
    The Mariano’s Runner Refreshment area will offer a variety of food and beverage products. Finish line offerings include Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime), Aquafina bottled water, bananas, Gatorade Whey Protein Recovery Bars and a variety of other Simple Truth food products from Mariano’s Fresh Market. For participants age 21 and over, Chicago’s own Goose Island Beer Co. will provide complimentary 312 Dry-Hopped Urban Wheat Ale.

    Can friends and family access the finish line?
    Spectators are not allowed at the finish line. However, those who purchase Balbo Hospitality tickets will have access to seating in the finish line bleachers. To view runners closest to the finish line, spectators should visit the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

    Is there medical care at the finish line?
    Yes. There are medical personnel and medical facilities at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon finish line. The Main Medical Tent, Podiatry Tent and Ice Station are located directly beyond the finish line. An additional medical tent is located in Grant Park adjacent to the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party.


    Runner re-unite

    Where is the runner re-unite area located at?
    Runner re-unite is located on Columbus Drive adjacent to the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party. Alphabetical signs (A-Z) will be staged to help facilitate meeting locations between runners and spectators.

  • Post-race and results

    Post-race

    Is there a post-race party after the race?
    Yes. The Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party is located in Butler Field, near the start line at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive. The outdoor celebration will feature live music, food and beverages available for purchase. Participants age 21 and over (photo ID required) can redeem the tear-off portion of their bib number for one Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale or a Born + Raised Cream Ale.


    Results

    I can’t find my race results, where are they located?
    You can find your race finish and splits times by searching by your name or event bib number on the race results page. If you can’t find your results by searching your name, please contact the event by emailing office@chicagomarathon.com.

    My results are incorrect, how can I change them?
    If your results are incorrect, please complete the results request form located at the bottom left-hand corner of your results page.

    I don’t want my results published online. Can results be removed from the public results page?
    If you don’t want your results published online, please contact the event by emailing office@chicagomarathon.com.

    I am looking for results before 1996. Is it possible to get them?
    Our office has a results archive that extends back to 1977. If you are interested in a result prior to 1996, contact the event at 312.904.9800 or office@chicagomarathon.com.

  • Marathon store

    What is included in the MarathonFoto race day photo package?
    MarathonFoto will take photos at more than 15 different locations along the course and as you cross the finish line. After you finish, your photo will be taken with your finisher medal while you pose in front of a custom Bank of America Chicago Marathon finisher backdrop. The MarathonFoto race day photo package is a digital download of your race day images.

    Is the Chicago Tribune commemorative results package available to international participants?
    Yes. the Chicago Tribune commemorative results package is available to international participants for $30 (USD). The Chicago Tribune commemorative results package can be purchased on the Marathon store page.

    Where can I purchase Bank of America Chicago Marathon commemorative merchandise?
    A link to view Bank of America Chicago Marathon commemorative merchandise is available on the Marathon store page. Commemorative merchandise will also be available for purchase at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.

    I can’t purchase an iTAB in the Marathon store. Where is it available?
    iTABs are not available for purchase in the Marathon store. iTabs are only available for purchase in your Bank of America Chicago Marathon Participant account. Following the event iTABs can be purchased directly from iTAB.

    Can non-runners purchase items from the marathon store?
    Yes, non-runners can purchase items from the marathon store.

  • Race day hospitality

    I’m not running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Can I purchase tickets to the Balbo Hospitality Tent?
    Yes. Spectators and runners can purchase tickets to the Balbo Hospitality Tent. Please note, all hospitality guests must pick up their hospitality tickets at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. You will not be able to access the Balbo Hospitality Tent on race day without your ticket.

    Do runners need to purchase tickets to access the Balbo Hospitality Tent?
    Yes. Both runners and spectators need to purchase a ticket for the Balbo Hospitality tent to gain entry.

    I’m not running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. How can I access the Balbo Hospitality tent?
    Ticketed guests can access Grant Park at Balbo Drive and Michigan Avenue starting at 5:30 a.m. on race day.

    Are children allowed in the Balbo Hospitality Tent?
    Yes. Children are allowed in the Balbo Hospitality Tent. Please note, children 8 years of age and younger receive free admission.

  • Spectators

    Spectator viewing tips/areas

    Where should I view runners on course?
    Recommended spectator viewing areas include:

    • To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.
    • To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

    Spectators can also view and cheer on their runners at the on-course cheer zones.

    • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Cheer Zone – 8K or 4.92 miles
    • Charity Block Party – Near Mile 15
    • Run club block party – Between miles 17 and 18
    • Bank of America Cheer Zone – Mile 26

    Can I access the start line and finish line as a spectator?
    Spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas will be accessible only to participants displaying their event-issued bib numbers, event staff with proper credentials, and ticketed guests (where applicable). Family, friends and individuals who are not registered for the race will not be able to escort runners to the start line or greet runners at the finish line.

    What is the best way to get around Chicago on race day?
    The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers an economical and convenient way to get around Chicago on race day. For the most up-to-date travel information and to learn how to use the CTA bus and rail system visit transitchicago.com.


    Grant Park access

    When can I enter Grant Park as a spectator?
    Grant Park will open to spectators at 9:30 a.m. To access this area, spectators must pass through security and bag screening at Entrance Gate #1 (Jackson Drive and Michigan Avenue) or Entrance Gate #4 (Ida B. Wells Drive and Michigan Avenue).


    Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile App

    Where can I download the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile App?
    The Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The 2019 mobile app is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

     

    What does the mobile app offer?
    The Bank of America Chicago Marathon mobile app features unlimited live race day runner tracking, elite athlete profiles, live broadcast streaming, real-time weather, an interactive course map, bib share, marathon store, event photos and much more!


    Runner Re-unite

    Where should I meet my friends and/or family after they finish the race?
    Connect with friends and family after the race, at Runner Reunite. Alphabetical signs (A-Z) will be staged on Columbus Drive adjacent to the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party to facilitate meeting locations by name.

    How can I enter Grant Park to access the Runner Re-unite area?
    To access Runner Re-unite, spectators must Grant Park through security and bag screening at Entrance Gate #1 (Jackson Drive and Michigan Avenue) or Entrance Gate #4 (Ida B. Wells Drive and Michigan Avenue).


    Prohibited items

    What is not allowed in Grant Park?
    The event does prohibit participants and spectators from brining certain items/devices into Grant Park. For more information on the prohibited devices, please visit the Event rules page.

  • Volunteers

    How do I sign up to volunteer?
    If you are interested in being a volunteer, please access registration from a volunteer webpage or a link provided by your group leader. Opportunities are posted at chicagomarathon.com/volunteer. Please note you cannot register for a volunteer position by logging into your account.

    I have a volunteer group to bring, how can I sign them up?
    If you have a volunteer you would like to bring to the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon please fill out the Group leader application.

    I completed the application, when will I hear if I was accepted?
    Thank you for completing the application! You will hear from our team in advance of the event to what volunteer role you have been assigned to.

    Is there an age limit to volunteer?
    All volunteers need to be 16 years of age or older on the day they are volunteering. A parent/guardian must agree to the volunteer waiver for volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age. Children and young adults under the age of 16 are not permitted to accompany registered volunteers who meet the age requirement when they are volunteering at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo or on race day.

  • Media

    How do I apply for Bank of America Chicago Marathon media credentials?
    The 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon media credential application is now open. For more information, please visit the Media credential application page.

    Where do I access Bank of America Chicago Marathon press releases?
    To access the Bank of America Chicago Marathon press releases, please visit the press release archive.

    How can I sign up to receive Bank of America Chicago Marathon media announcements and press releases?
    Media interested in acquiring additional information about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon should send inquiries to press@chicagomarathon.com.

    I want to share the story around my participation in this year’s event. Who do I send it to?
    You can submit your story by completing the Share your story form.

  • Marketing Opportunities

    How can my organization exhibit at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo?
    If you are interested in exhibiting at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, please visit the Marketing opportunities page for more information.

    How can my organization purchase a participant bag insert or virtual bag offer?
    If you are interested in purchasing at participant bag insert or virtual bag offer, please visit the Marketing opportunities page for more information.

    Is there a discount for exhibiting charity organizations?
    Yes. Charity organizations qualify for discounted pricing for Expo booth space, as well as virtual bag offers and participant bag inserts. For more information about pricing please visit chicagomarathon.com/exhibitor. 

    I work for a specific charity organization and we would like to be affiliated with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. How does that work?
    For more information about the Charity program, as well as application information, please contact eventpartnerralations@cemevent.com.

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