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On Sunday, October 13, runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states will converge on the streets of Chicago to take part in a journey of endurance, dedication and heart. As runners travel 26.2 miles through 29 neighborhoods, they are energized by the cheers of 1.7 million spectators and supported by the helping hands of more than 12,000 volunteers. As the race weaves through the city, we are reminded that while we are brought together from near and far, motivated by different reasons, we are united by a common goal to experience the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The 2019 event is the perfect opportunity to introduce participants and patrons to your brand!

We are working with the below deliverable dates to get everything finalized earlier than before to elevate our event app with an interactive Expo floor plan.

November 28, 2018
2019 Expo / Participant Bag / Virtual Bag online registration opened at chicagomarathon.com/marketing

August 16, 2019
Exhibitor Kit to be available to exhibitors

August 30, 2019
Participant Bag insert deadline

September 13, 2019* 
Virtual Bag upload deadline

*Potential virtual bag opportunities will be throughout the year.

Abbott Health and Fitness Expo

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo

The two-day Abbott Health & Fitness Expo takes place on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. It kicks off the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weekend and is free and open to the public. It includes 200 exhibitors and is where all our participants are required to pick- up their packets. Among the huge crowds are the world’s top runners and fitness enthusiasts, making this Expo a wonderful opportunity for sales and to establish your company in front of our health and fitness-minded attendees.

  • 150,000 people visit/walk the show
  • 240,000+ sq. ft. of exhibit hall this year

Learn more about our Expo and Marketing Opportunities and demographics.

Expo floor plan and exhibitor list
2019 Floor plan and Exhibitor list are available below for a reference.

2019 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo floor plan (.pdf)
2019 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo exhibitor list (.pdf)

Expo booth pricing
The table below is the 2019 expo pricing schedule.

Expo Booth Pricing Schedule
2019 2019
Booth size Regular rate
Launch – June 27
Late rate
June 28 – Event
10’x10′ Booth, Regular $3,200 $3,300
10’x10′ Booth, Prime $3,900 $4,000
10’x10′ Corner Booth, Prime $4,300 $4,400
10’x20′ Booth, Regular $6,000 $6,100
10’x20′ Booth, Prime $6,900 $7,000
10’x20′ End Cap Booth, Prime $7,200 $7,300
10’x30′ Booth, Regular $8,700 $8,800
10’x30′ Booth, Prime $9,500 $9,600
10’x40′ Booth, Regular $11,000 $11,100
10’x40′ Booth, Prime $12,500 $12,700
20’x20′ Booth $12,700 $12,700
20’x30′ Booth $19,700 $19,700
20’x40′ Booth $25,700 $25,700
20’x60′ Booth $37,700 $37,700
20’x70′ Booth $45,500 $45,500
30’x30′ Booth $29,000 $29,000
30’x40′ Booth $37,000 $37,000
30’x50′ Booth $43,700 $43,700
40’x60′ Booth $66,500 $66,500
Custom configuration


Participant Bag ExampleParticipant bag insert

The participant bag is your opportunity to get your product or information directly into the hands of each participant. Up to 48,000+ physical bags are assembled and distributed to all participants

Participant bag insert pricing
Product samples         $2,600
Paper insert                 $4,800

Virtual Bag Example

Virtual bag

The virtual bag allows your coupon, flier or advertisement to reach our participants, volunteers and spectators without the cost of printing. Post-race metrics for the virtual bag will allow you to see how many people viewed, printed and shared your advertisement. 59,000+ virtual bags distributed in 2018.  We are looking to build out the Virtual bag opportunity to have more touchpoints throughout the year in 2019.  Once the bag goes live starting early in 2019, participants will have access the Virtual Bag at any time through their Participant Account page in our registration system.  This would provide your company additional exposure, as well as, allow the offers to be more specific and targeted at various times of the year.  You will have the ability to update your offer throughout the year if you would like.

View the 2018 Virtual bag.

Pre-race messages:

#1 – December/January – Welcome message to runners at the drawing selection (Completed)
#2 – May/June – Gear up, nutrition and training around the launch of the training program (Completed)

Event time messages:
#2 – Monday, September 30 – Two weeks from the event
#3 – Monday, October 7 – Race week kick off
#4 – Friday, October 11 – Race week weekend
#5 – Monday, October 14 – Marathon Monday
#6 – Saturday, October 19 – Weekend after the Marathon

Virtual bag pricing
Virtual Bag – Option #1 – Pre-event (2 times)             $1,500 (Completed)
Virtual bag – Option #2 – Event time (5 times)              $2,700
Virtual bag – Option #3 – All (7 times)                          $3,800

Grant Park

Official program

There will be only one Official Bank of America Chicago Marathon program. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your business.

75,000 programs distributed in total
45,000 in participant bags
30,000 in over 900 Chicago locations

Official program pricing 
Full page: $4,000.00
Half-page: $3,000.00
Third page: $2,000.00
Charity eighth page: $350.00

View the Official program advertising guide.

For more information, contact Paul Brackey at 312.904.9812 or paul.brackey@cemevent.com.


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Hotels and travel

Experient is the official housing partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, offering access to exclusive room blocks at the city’s most desirable hotels. The housing site for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has closed. If you have questions in regard to reservations booked through Experient, please email chi@experient-inc.com or call 800.967.8852. For international individuals, please call 847.996.5832.

Still looking for a hotel room for the 2019 race? View a list of properties with rooms available.

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Hilton Chicago
The Hilton Chicago is the official headquarters hotel of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Located just across the street from Grant Park, the Hilton Chicago is a hub of activity on race weekend.

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Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Participants and spectators are encouraged to use public transportation throughout the race weekend. For travel information, visit CTA’s Trip Planner at transitchicago.com. To purchase fare cards in advance, visit faremedia.chicago-card.com or call 312.836.7000 for more information.

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GO Airport Express
GO Airport Express offers airport shuttle transportation between Chicago area locations and O’Hare and Midway Airports. Efficient and economical shared-ride shuttles depart from O’Hare and Midway Airports every 10 minutes for Chicago downtown and suburban locations. Shuttle counters are located at both O’Hare and Midway in the baggage claim areas. Transportation to airports is arranged by reservation. To make a shuttle reservation, visit airportexpress.com or call 800.284.3826. For private charters call 773.843.2420.

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