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Training & nutrition

Training program

The official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Training Plan from Nike is designed to get the best version of you across the finish line. The 18-week plan will help you develop speed, endurance and strength to get you ready to tackle your first or fastest marathon.

Download the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Training Plan (.pdf)

Training considerations

As we navigate this unique time, we recognize the journey may look different this year, but we are here for you every step of the way. As you start to think through your training plan, we encourage you to keep the following considerations in mind.

  • The official training plan is a guide. Listen to your body over the 18-week training window and adapt the program to meet your specific needs.
  • Consult your physician before you start training. If your health has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) or changes during training, work with your physician to determine if and when it is safe to resume running.
  • Follow guidance from local government and public health officials to safely train in your community.


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, Mariano’s and NOW Foods 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.View tips from Mariano’s.
Now Live Happy Live Healthy Live Now Self-care tips for the natural runner lifestyle. Training for a marathon is a full-time job, and you definitely need some upgraded self-care techniques to relax and regenerate during training and after the race. Show your hardworking body some much-deserved love and treat yourself to these recommended rituals of natural self-care!

View tips from NOW.

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