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Posted: October 10, 2016:  

Athletics: Application Period for the 40th Anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Opens October 25, 2017

CHICAGO - Today the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that it will start accepting runner applications for the 2017 event on Tuesday, October 25 at

(Chicago, Illinois, October 9, 2016) In the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the lead pack at the 5 km point included winner Abel Kirui and second place finisher Dickson Chumba. (photo: Steve Bower).

"The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a rich history that captures the spirit of a city that works and a city that runs," said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "We look forward to honoring that history, and to commemorating an event that has had the power to change lives and unite us across borders, languages and cultures. We are a global community and a resilient community. The 40th anniversary will be a celebration of our heritage and the event's impact on runners in Chicago and beyond."

Registration will be conducted through a system of guaranteed entry options (starting October 25) as well as through a non-guaranteed entry drawing. Individuals unable to meet the criteria for a guaranteed entry may apply through the non-guaranteed entry drawing that will open on Tuesday, November 1. Runners will have until Tuesday, November 29 to apply for either a guaranteed or non-guaranteed entry. The cost of an entry is $195 for United States residents and $220 for those residing outside of the United States.

Guaranteed entry

    Five options are available for guaranteed entry into the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon:
  • Time qualifiers who have run a sub-3:15:00 certified marathon (men) or a sub-3:45:00 certified marathon (women) since January 1, 2015.
  • Legacy finishers who have completed the Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years.
  • Runners who deferred their 2016 entry to the 2017 race.
  • Charity runners who are fundraising for an official charity as part of the Chicago Marathon Charity Program.
  • International runners (non-U.S.) participating in the International Tour Group Program.

Non-guaranteed entry

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 Tuesday, December 13.

All registration details are listed at

About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

In its 40th 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. Annually, an estimated 1.7 million spectators line the streets cheering on more than 40,000 runners from the start line to the final stretch down Columbus Drive. As a result of the race's national and international draw, the Chicago Marathon assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes while generating $277 million in annual economic impact to its host city. The 2017 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 8. In advance of the race, a two-day Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to

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