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Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2024

October 13@7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

The Chicago-Marathon is a marathon race held every October in Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the six World Marathon Majors. Thus, it is also a World Athletics Label Road Race. The Chicago Marathon is the fourth-largest race by number of finishers worldwide.

Annual Chicago marathons were held from 1905 to the 1920s, but the first race in the present series occurred on September 25, 1977, under the original name the Mayor Daley Marathon, which drew a field of 4,200 runners. The race has been held every year since, except in 1987 when only a half-marathon was run, and in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It became among the fastest-growing modern marathon road races in the world, partly due to its largely fast and flat course which facilitates the pursuit of personal records and world record performances. The race has achieved its elite status among marathons by developing relationships with sponsors who provide prize money to lure elite runners who have produced American and world record performances. Since 2008, the race has been sponsored and organized by Bank of America and is officially known as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The race is limited to around 50,000 runners and only runners who finish within 612 hours are officially timed. Those wishing to participate can register after either meeting a time-qualifying standard or being selected through a general lottery. Although the race has limited registration, exceptions include elite runners, legacy finishers, and charity representatives. Increasingly, local, national, and global charities as well as humanitarian organizations encourage sponsored participation in the event as a means of fundraising.


October 13
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2024
Grant Park
Chicago, United States
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