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Countdown to the big race, October 11, 2020

Training & nutrition

Elite athletes running through Chicago's Loop neighborhood

Training program

The official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Training Program from Nike was created to get the best version of you across the finish line. The 18-week program was built to help you develop speed, endurance and strength to get you ready to tackle your first or fastest marathon. The dynamic plan created by Nike Coaches is made to be adaptive to all runners and customized to fit in with your daily schedule and needs.

Download the 2019 training program

* The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon training program will be available before the start of training.

Find the motivation you need every step of the way with the Nike Running Club app. Track your route, distance and time along with finding the motivation that you need from our experts. Download the app.


Health & nutrition

Remaining healthy throughout your training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the key to crossing the finish line on race day. Tips from Marathon sponsors Gatorade Endurance, Athletico and Mariano’s will help you to finish strong and get the most out of your Marathon experience.

Gatorade Train with what’s on course. Gatorade Endurance is proud to be an official partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, hydrating athletes on race day.

View tips from Gatorade.

 Biofreeze Your secret weapon for pre, during and post-race. Learn why runners turn to Biofreeze, the #1 clinically recommended topical pain reliever, to help overcome aches to achieve their personal bests.

View tips from Biofreeze.

Athletico Remain healthy throughout your training. Check out some tips from supporting sponsor, Athletico Physical Therapy on how to remain healthy as you train. At Athletico, we help runners keep running.

View tips from Athletico.

Mariano's Pre-race nutrition from Mariano’s
The Importance of Staying Hydrated. Hydration is important before, during, and after the marathon. Learn strategies that will help you succeed in the Chicago Marathon from Mariano’s Registered Dietitian Peggy Balboa below. And for weekly nutritional advice and recipes to aid your training, visit marianos.com/runners. View tips from Mariano’s.

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