Bank of America Chicago Marathon Application Period
Opens March 8
- Today the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced
that runner applications will be accepted for the 2016
event beginning Tuesday, March 8, by visiting
chicagomarathon.com. Registration will be conducted
through a system of guaranteed entry options as well as
through a non-guaranteed entry drawing. The 39th annual
race will take place on Sunday, October 9 in scenic
Individuals unable to meet the criteria for guaranteed
entry may apply through the non-guaranteed entry drawing
which will open on Tuesday, March 15. Runners will have
until Tuesday, April 12, to apply for either a
guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry. The cost of an
entry is $185 for United States residents and $210 for
those residing outside of the United States.
"The Bank of America Chicago Marathon attracts
runners from across the United States and around the
world to run the iconic streets of our city," said
Carey Pinkowski, executive race director. "With
37,459 runners crossing the finish line of the 2015
event, we anticipate once again welcoming a large
contingency of runners - both first-timers and marathon
veterans - to Chicago in October. The 2016 Chicago
Marathon will be here before we know it!"
Five options are available for guaranteed entry into the
2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon:
finishers who have completed the Chicago Marathon
five or more times within the last 10 years.
qualifiers who have, since January 1, 2014, run a
sub-3:15:00 marathon (men) or a sub-3:45:00 marathon
with an official Chicago Marathon charity (more than
140 nonprofit organizations are affiliated with the
via an official Chicago Marathon tour partner.
from the 2015 race.
Runners who do not qualify for a guaranteed entry can
apply for the non-guaranteed entry drawing. The event
will randomly select names from the full pool of
non-guaranteed entry applicants, and notify runners of
their selection status on Thursday, April 21.
All registration details are listed at chicagomarathon.com.
About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
In its 39th year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
welcomes thousands of runners from more than 100
countries and all 50 states, including a world-class
elite field, top regional and Masters runners, race
veterans, debut marathoners and charity runners. The
race's iconic course takes runners through 29 vibrant
neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of
Chicago. In 2015, an estimated 1.7 million spectators
lined the streets cheering on 37,459 runners from the
start line to the final stretch down Columbus Drive. As
a result of the races national and international draw,
the Chicago Marathon assists in raising millions of
dollars for a variety of charitable causes while
generating $254 million in annual economic impact to its
host city. The 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a
member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, will start
and finish in Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on
Sunday, October 9. In advance of the race, a two-day
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be held at
McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 7,
and Saturday, October 8. For more information about the
event and how to get involved, go to chicagomarathon.com.
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