Thousands of runners prepare for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, an inaugural city tradition that has lasted more than four decades.
The 44th edition of the city’s biggest running event of the year is set to begin on October 9.
Known for its flat and fast course, the race will start and finish in Grant Park, taking runners on a grand lap of the city between their runs.
Throughout the 26.2-mile ride, runners will be guided through 29 neighborhoods, dozens of historic sites, and six bridges over the Chicago River.
The course is expected to be ridden by no less than 40,000 runners, and many supporters are also expected to be scattered along the course.
Runners who will leave the starting line in less than a month have secured their place in the marathon through various means.
The first qualifies for entry through one of the following:
- Time Qualified: Individuals who have met the event’s age qualification standards or who qualify for the event’s US development program.
- Legacy Finisher: People who have completed the Chicago Marathon five or more times in the past 10 years. The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience will not be applied to the Legacy Finisher application path.
- International Tour Group: International riders (non-US) participating in the 2021 event with an official International Tour Group program partner. Tour partners usually offer participants a package that includes the cost of admission, airfare, hotel, etc. and varies from tour operator to tour operator.
- Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Legacy: Individuals who have completed the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K four or more times since 2008 and registered for the 2022 Shamrock Shuffle.
Those who did not fit any of the above qualifications could have entered through the “entry not guaranteed” lottery. This selection was completed at the end of last year.
The final round of registrations is available through Charitable Program Registration on a first-come, first-served basis through Wednesday, September 14.
All marathon participants must cover the distance in at least six hours and 30 minutes.
NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo Chicago and TeleXitos will provide full live TV coverage and live streaming of the marathon in English and Spanish.
The live TV shows will air from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the live stream will be available on nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com, on the NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago apps, and on the stations’ Roku and Apple TV channels. from 7 a.m. at 15h