How to Get into the 2017 Chicago Marathon

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The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the world's most popular marathons and is known for its flat, fast course. The 2017 Chicago Marathon will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017. You can get into the Chicago Marathon through guaranteed entry or by entering their lottery.

Guaranteed entry:

Charity Program:  The Bank of America Chicago Marathon hosts thousands of runners who choose to make their Chicago Marathon experience more meaningful by running on behalf of a charity.

These runners begin the training season with goals for personal bests in their marathon time as well as in fundraising dollars. In 2016, over 10,000 charity runners participated in the Chicago Marathon on behalf of more than 170 local, national and global causes. Get more information on the Chicago Marathon's charity partners on their website.

International Tour Program:  Those who opt to join an official Chicago Marathon international tour partner can guarantee their spot in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon at any time during the lottery entry period. Refer to the Chicago Marathon's International Tour Program page for more details.

Chicago Marathon Legacy Finisher:  Those who have finished the Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years can guarantee their spot in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon at any time during the lottery entry period.

Time Qualifier:  Men who have run a verifiable sub 3:15:00 marathon and women who have run a verifiable sub 3:45:00 marathon on or after January 1, 2016 can guarantee their spot in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon at any time during the lottery entry period.

Non-guaranteed entry: 

Lottery:  The application window for the 2017 Chicago Marathon lottery will close at 2 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, November 29. Check the Chicago Marathon website to apply for the Chicago Marathon lottery.

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