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Countdown to the big race, October 11, 2020

Marketing opportunities

Start line

On Sunday, October 11, 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 2020 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.

January 13, 2020
2020 Expo / Participant Bag / Virtual Bag online registration opened at chicagomarathon.com/marketing

August 17, 2020
Exhibitor Kit to be available to exhibitors

August 28, 2020
Participant Bag insert deadline


Abbott Health and Fitness Expo

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo

The two-day Abbott Health & Fitness Expo takes place on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10. 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

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 2020 expo pricing schedule.

Expo Booth Pricing Schedule
2020 2020
Booth size Regular rate
Launch – June 19
Late rate
June 20 – Event
10’x10′ Booth, Regular $3,200 $3,300
10’x10′ Booth, Prime $4,000 $4,200
10’x10′ Corner Booth, Prime $4,400 $4,600
10’x20′ Booth, Regular $6,000 $6,100
10’x20′ Booth, Prime $7,000 $7,200
10’x20′ End Cap Booth, Prime $7,400 $7,800
10’x30′ Booth, Regular $8,700 $8,800
10’x30′ Booth, Prime $9,600 $9,900
10’x40′ Booth, Regular $11,000 $11,400
10’x40′ Booth, Prime $12,700 $13,000
20’x20′ Booth $12,800 $13,200
20’x30′ Booth $19,900 $20,300
20’x40′ Booth $25,900 $26,200
20’x60′ Booth $37,900 $38,300
20’x70′ Booth $45,700 $46,300
30’x30′ Booth $29,400 $30,000
30’x40′ Booth $39,000 $39,400
30’x50′ Booth $45,000 $45,400
40’x60′ Booth $66,500 $67,000
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                 $4,900


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 2019.

View the 2019 Virtual Bag at http://haku.ly/84de8d69.

Pre-race messages:

  • Virtual bag #1: Early January – Welcome message to runners
  • Virtual bag #2: May/June – Training, gear and nutrition

Event messages:

  • Virtual bag #3: Friday, September 18- Less than a month/20 Miler, final preparations
  • Virtual bag #4: Friday, October 2 – Heading into race week – Deals in Chicago
  • Virtual bag #5: Wednesday, October 7  – Race week weekend – Deals in Chicago
  • Virtual bag #6: Tuesday, October 13 – Post-race – Celebration and recovery
  • Virtual bag #7: Monday, October 19 – Final reminder

Virtual bag pricing
Virtual bag – Option #1 – Event time (5 times): $2,900
Virtual bag – Option #2 – All (7 times): $3,800

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


Start line

Hotels

Reserve a hotel room
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.

Visit the Bank of America Chicago Marathon housing site to book a room for the 2020 event.

View the hotels that will have rooms available for the 2020 race and the distances from these hotels to the start and finish lines in Grant Park, the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, city landmarks and more.

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Hilton Chicago
The Hilton Chicago is the official headquarter hotel of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan, the Hilton Chicago boasts 1,544 deluxe guest rooms. Ideally located on famed Michigan Avenue, and near the start and finish of the race, the Hilton Chicago is also within walking distance of Millennium Park, museums, shopping and the Loop Business District.

Learn more about Hilton Chicago and the amenities they offer on the Hilton Chicago fact sheet.

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Travel

American Airlines
With over 500 daily flights at Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) and the ability to connect on to more than 120 destinations worldwide, American is proud to bring people to the Windy City. American Airlines is the official airline of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

American Airlines


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.

GO Airport Express


Parking

All participants and spectators are strongly encouraged to use public transportation race weekend. If you drive, allow sufficient time for heavy traffic congestion and street closures due to the race.

Millennium Garages

Millennium Garages offer the closest race day parking options to Grant Park at the Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park and Millennium Lakeside garages.

Millennium garages


Public transportation

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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Metra
On race day, Metra will run special inbound and outbound trains. These trains will operate in addition to regularly scheduled Sunday train service. View the 2019 special race day Metra schedule.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to take advantage of Metra’s $10-weekend pass for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information on Metra service, visit metrarail.com or call 312.322.6777.

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