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Countdown to the big race, October 13, 2019

Community programs

Aerial photo of Millennium Park following the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is proud to work with the Chicago community—from residents to businesses to city agencies—to produce a world-class event each year. The Chicago Marathon has developed numerous partnerships and outreach programs and is committed to being a positive force in the community.


Community leaders

In partnership with the communities that comprise the marathon course, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon works with local leadership to activate spectators and fans from surrounding homes, businesses, schools and community groups to enthusiastically support the marathon runners. Several community leaders step up to organize their sections of the course through volunteerism and cheer stations.


Chicago Park District Cross Country Championships

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon gives back to the Chicago Park District by annually supporting the Chicago Park District Cross Country Championships. By helping host three qualifying youth races, the Chicago Marathon shares the joy and reward of exercise and fitness with the next generation. Children in the program receive finisher medals, bib numbers, certificates and t-shirts, along with the thrill of racing.

View the 2018 Chicago Park District Cross Country Championship race results.


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