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Start corrals

Start line of the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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 offer a more optimal race day experience for all participants.

Final start corral assignments are available now through your participant account. Assignments are based on the start corral qualifying standards, the information submitted during the application process (qualifying and estimated finish times) and previous Bank of America Chicago Marathon results.

View the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Start corral qualifying standards.

Please note:

  • Final start corral assignments are now available in your participant account.
  • Qualifying finish times need to be attained since January 1, 2020, on a certified course.
  • The deadline to request a Wave 1 corral assignment was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 9.
  • The deadline for placement in a Wave 2 or Wave 3 corral was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 9.
  • Final start corral assignments became available on Tuesday, August 16.
  • Start corrals are assigned or re-assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Assignment to a specific start corral is based on availability and is not guaranteed.
  • View frequently asked questions about the start corral process.

Start corral information

Wave 1 (Red)

Red gear check
Start corrals: A, B, C, D and E
Suggested arrival time
: 5:30 a.m.

Suggested entrance gates

  • Start Corral A: Entrance Gate #5 – Ida B. Wells
  • Start Corral B: Entrance Gate #4 – Ida B. Wells
  • Start Corral C: Entrance Gate #3 – Van Buren
  • Start Corral D: Entrance Gate #2 – Van Buren
  • Start Corral E: Entrance Gate #1 – Jackson

Start corrals close: 7:20 a.m.
If you are not in your start corral by 7:20 a.m., you must start at the back of your assigned wave.

Race start: 7:30 a.m.

Wave 1 directional map (.pdf)

Wave 2 (Blue)

Blue gear check
Start corrals: F, G H and J
Suggested arrival time: 6 a.m.

Suggested entrance gates

  • Start Corral F: Entrance Gate #4 – Ida B. Wells
  • Start Corral G: Entrance Gate #5 – Ida B. Wells
  • Start Corral H: Entrance Gate #3 – Van Buren
  • Start Corral J: Entrance Gate #3 – Van Buren

Start corrals close: 7:45 a.m.
If you are not in your start corral by 7:45 a.m., you must start at the back of your assigned wave.

Race start: 8 a.m.

Wave 2 directional map (.pdf)

Wave 3 (Orange)

Orange gear check
Start corrals: K, L, M and N
Suggested arrival time: 6:30 a.m.

Suggested entrance gates

  • Start corral K: Entrance Gate #6 – Harrison
  • Start corral L: Entrance Gate #5 – Ida B. Wells
  • Start corral M: Entrance Gate #6 – Harrison
  • Start corral N: Entrance Gate #5 – Ida B. Wells

Start corrals close: 8:10 a.m.
If you are not in your start corral by 8:10 a.m., you must start at the back of your assigned wave

Race start: 8:35 a.m.

Wave 3 directional map (.pdf)


FAQs

What are start corrals?
Start corrals are designated start areas designed to facilitate a more efficient and convenient race start for all runners. Wave 1 start corrals are assigned based on a participant’s accepted qualifying time. Wave 2 and Wave 3 start corrals are assigned based on a runner’s expected finish time.

How do I know my start corral assignment?
You will be able to view your start corral assignment by logging in to your Participant Account. You will also receive an email in advance of the race indicating your event bib number and final corral assignment.

How can I change my start corral assignment?
Final start corral assignments are now available in your Participant Account. The deadline to submit a change request was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 9.

Can I submit a corral change request after the deadline to be considered?
No. Now that the corral change period has closed, we are unable to change your corral.

What is considered acceptable proof of a qualifying time for a Wave 1 corral?
Proof of a qualifying time may be submitted in the form of a finisher’s certificate or a direct link to an online results page. Results must be from a half marathon or marathon completed on or after January 1, 2020 and must meet the corral’s qualification standards.

Is proof of a qualifying time required for Wave 2 and Wave 2 start corrals
No. Wave 2 and Wave 3 start corrals are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis based on a participant’s estimated finish time.

Are start corral assignments guaranteed?
Start corral assignments are not guaranteed. Corrals are filled on a first-come, first-served basis until they reach their respective capacities.

Will my start corral assignment impact my race start time?
Yes. Your race start time is based on your start corral assignment.

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. The deadline to submit a change request was 5 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 9.

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


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