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Countdown to the big race, October 11, 2020

Training & nutrition

Training program

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

The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Training Program will be available in the coming months.

Do you want to learn more about the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Training Program in partnership with Nike Run Club? Sign up here.

By signing up, Nike will send you an email with more information about how to join the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Nike Run Club Training Program. This program will be delivered through the Nike Run Club App.

In addition to the training program, Nike will be reaching out to you with inspiration, motivation and expert tips to get you to race day.


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. And for weekly nutritional advice and recipes to aid your training, visit marianos.com/runners. 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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