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Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS
Participant guide
Abbott Chicago 5K
Nike Pace Team
Broadcast information
Information tents
Lost and found
Abbott 27.2 Fest
Continue your post-race celebration with Goose Island Beer Co.
Official Nike merchandise


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 8
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, West Building, Hall F2
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 9
Abbott Chicago 5K
Race start: 7:30 a.m.

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, West Building, Hall F2
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 10
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Grant Park

Marathon Wheelchair Start (men): 7:20 a.m.
Marathon Wheelchair Start (women): 7:21 a.m.
Marathon Handcycle Start: 7:23 a.m.
Wave 1 Start (red): 7:30 a.m.
Wave 2 Start (blue): 8 a.m.
Wave 3 Start (orange): 8:35 a.m.
Spectator access to Grant Park begins: 9:30 a.m.

Abbott 27.2 Fest
Grant Park, Butler Field
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re running or spectating, the free mobile app includes everything you’ll need to be prepared for a great race week experience.

The 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! Fans can submit a digital cheer through the App for the chance for your message to be displayed on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon course as your participant goes by. Visit the “Cheer” page in the app to submit your message.

The 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon mobile app will be available in the coming weeks on the App Store and Google Play.


Participant guide

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant guide includes all the information participants need to have a great race weekend experience. The guide will serve as a step-by-step manual to assist participants during race week, from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo to race morning in Grant Park and during the race itself. Inside, you will find schedules, policies and detailed information on the weekend’s events.

As part of the Chicago Marathon’s commitment to sustainability, the guide will be available in a digital-only format this year.


Abbott Chicago 5K

The Abbott Chicago 5K is the perfect way for marathoners, fans of the sport and friends and family to experience Chicago and take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weekend. The 3.1-mile course previews a section of the Chicago Marathon as it weaves past iconic downtown landmarks. The race kicks off in Grant Park and finishes on LaSalle St. near the Chicago Board of Trade. In recognition of each runner’s participation on race day, the event will make a two-dollar donation to the American Diabetes Association for every participant who crosses the finish line.

To learn more about the Abbott Chicago 5K visit chicago5K.com.

Abbott Chicago 5K


Nike Pace Team

The Nike Pace Team is comprised of marathon veterans who help others achieve their performance goals. The Nike Pace Team 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. Learn more about the Nike Pace Team, including how to join and frequently asked questions.

Nike


Broadcast information

NBC 5 Chicago

NBC 5 Chicago and nbcchicago.com will provide complete live TV coverage and live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day. The NBC 5 Chicago live television broadcast will air from 7 to 11 a.m. and the live stream will be available at nbcchicago.com from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NBC

Telemundo Chicago

Telemundo Chicago and telemundochicago.com will provide live reports and live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day. The Telemundo Chicago live television broadcast will air starting at 7 a.m. and the live stream will be available at telemundochicago.com from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Telemundo

670 The Score Sports Radio

670 The Score Sports Radio will provide complete live radio coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Listen to Josh Liss and expert analysts provide a play-by-play of all the exciting action on Sunday, October 10.

Tune in before the race to listen to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon preview shows featuring running experts and the Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski. The shows will air at 7 a.m. the three Saturdays leading up to the event.

WSCR The Score


Information tents

Information tents will be available throughout Grant Park on race day. Information volunteers will be available to assist participants and spectators with event information, course maps and general event inquiries as well as lost and found items. Information tents will be in the following areas:

  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at 11th Street
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Harrison Street
  • Within the Buckingham Fountain Gear Check facility (participant-only Information Tent)
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Jackson Drive
  • North side of Jackson Drive between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive
  • On the northwest corner of Ida B. Wells Drive and Columbus Drive

Lost and found

Lost and found items will be collected throughout race weekend at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and in Grant Park on race day. If you are looking for an item that was lost, please go to the nearest information tent for more information or visit chicagomarathon.com/lostandfound to confirm if your item was turned into the event lost and found. Following the event items can be reclaimed at the Hilton Chicago (enter off 8th Street) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 10 and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, October 11 . Any items unclaimed by Friday, October 29, 2021, will no longer be available.


Abbott 27.2 Fest

After connecting with your loved ones, celebrate your accomplishment at the Abbott 27.2 Fest 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 aged 21 and over (photo ID required) can redeem the tear-off portion of their bib number for one Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Next Coast IPA, or 312 Lemonade Shandy.

The Abbott 27.2 Fest is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., with live music beginning at 10:30 a.m. and beer ticket redemption and sales from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Continue your post-race celebration with Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Island is proud to set the pace for race day refreshments in Chicago. Enjoy 312 Shandy Lemonade or a Next Coast IPA at the Abbott 27.2 Fest, in Grant Park’s Butler Field, immediately after the race.

After the Abbott 27.2 Fest, continue celebrating at one of the Goose Island Post-Race Participant Celebrations throughout the city. Be one of the first three hundred and twelve runners to arrive wearing a finisher medal, at any of the 6 locations, and the first 312 Urban Wheat Ale is on the house!

Goose Island Taproom
1800 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612
Goose Island Brewhouse
1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Lizzie McNeill’s
400 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
Hard Rock Café
63 W Ontario St,
Chicago, IL 60654
HVAC Pub
3530 N Clark St,
Chicago, IL 60657
Hubbard Inn
110 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Goose Island


Official Nike merchandise

Commemorate your Bank of America Chicago Marathon experience with official merchandise offered by Nike. The official merchandise collection includes commemorative performance running and lifestyle apparel and can be purchased on nike.com and at the following locations starting in September.

• Nike Chicago
• Fleet Feet Chicago locations
• Naperville Running
• Heartbreak Hill
• Last Lap Cornerstore

Participants are encouraged to purchase merchandise in advance of race weekend. Shipping or in-store pick-up options will be available for nike.com purchases. Please note, official merchandise is limited and will not be available for purchase at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo race weekend.

Official finisher merchandise will be available on Saturday, October 9, only at Nike Chicago and on Nike.com.


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