| Find your reason why and join us in 2019 |
On Sunday, October 7, 2018, 44,000 runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states converged on the streets of Chicago to take part in a journey of endurance, dedication and heart. As runners traveled 26.2 miles through 29 neighborhoods, they were energized by the cheers of 1.7 million spectators and supported by the helping hands of more than 12,000 volunteers. As the race weaved through the city, we were reminded that while we are brought together from near and far, motivated by different reasons, we are united by a common goal to experience the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
If you're new to the sport or looking for a reason to come back, we invite to join us in 2019 to discover Chicago, yourself and your reason why!
Runners interested in participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13, 2019 will be able apply for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry in the event.
The application window for guaranteed entries will open October 23. The application for a non-guaranteed entry through the drawing will open October 30.
For more information on the 2019 applications click here.
Congratulations 2018 finishers
More than 44,000 runners, an event record, discovered Chicago as they ran through 29 vibrant and diverse neighborhoods and crossed the finish line in Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park on Sunday.
In an elite competition stacked with 11 men all with sub 2:08 personal bests and five women who have run 2:20 or faster, the stage was set for a competitive footrace from the official start to the exciting tape finish. The men's race saw Sir Mo Farah (GBR) dismantle the European record and run the eighth fastest time in Chicago Marathon history, 2:05:11. 2018 Dubai Marathon champion and course record holder, Mosinet Geremew (ETH), hung on for second in 2:05:24 and Suguru Osako (JPN) smashed the Japanese national record to land on the podium in third in 2:05:50.
Repeating a similar theme from the past three years, the top contenders in the women's field hit the pavement hard from the start and battled out front for as long as they could. 2017 runner up, Brigid Kosgei (KEN), crushed the field when she accelerated before the 20-mile mark and embarked on a solo campaign against the clock to collect her first Abbott World Marathon Majors victory and a new personal best, 2:18:35. Kosgei ran the third fastest time in Chicago Marathon history. 2018 Dubai Marathon champion, Roza Dereje (ETH), ran her second fastest career time to finish second in 2:21:18 and compatriot Shure Demise (ETH) rounded out the top three in 2:22:15.
In the women's wheelchair competition, current world record holder and reigning Tokyo and Berlin Marathon champion, Manuela Schär (SUI), made a bold statement, beating her nearest competitor by almost two minutes. Today marked Schär's sixth start in Chicago, and after finishing second from 2013- 2016 and third in 2017, she finally captured the victory, stopping the clock in 1:41:38. 2018 London Marathon champion, Madison de Rozario (AUS) finished strong in second in 1:43:16, and Susannah Scaroni (USA) found herself back in the top three for the first time since 2012, finishing third in 1:44:48. For the first time in eight years, Tatyana McFadden (USA) did not win; she finished seventh in 1:56:35.
The men's competition welcomed a new champion, and one of its youngest, 20-year-old Daniel Romanchuk (USA) from the famed University of Illinois Wheelchair Racing Team. Romanchuk outsprinted AbbottWMM Series X and Series XI champion, Marcel Hug (SUI) in a duel to the finish line, winning 1:31:34 to the "silver bullet's" 1:31:35. Great Britain's David Weir finished third in 1:31:43.
Read the full 2018 race recap.
Thank you volunteers and spectators
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon would like to thank all the volunteers and spectators that helped celebrate marathon running in Chicago. Volunteers, it's your hard work, dedication and passion that makes this event possible. And runners know that when they come to run in Chicago they will be cheered on by 1.7 million of the best spectators in the world. Thank you all again for the spirit you bring to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon every year.
Congratulations! You did it.
From your first steps off the start line, months of training carried you 26.2 miles. Congratulations! You took every step. Now it's time for your next one: Recovery.
Before you rush back into your running shoes, remember that starting back too strong, too quickly could lead to injury. As you tapered down to your marathon, you should taper back up to training. If you haven't already, take
a minute to read about race recovery.
At Abbott, a leading global healthcare company and title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, we celebrate what people can achieve when they're at their healthiest. On Sunday, we celebrated you.
Remember your race with photos from MarathonFoto
Yes, you did it! MarathonFoto is as excited about your big finish as you are! We're proud to be the official event photographer for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and can't wait for you to see the images we captured of your epic achievement. Don't miss a moment! Visit Marathonfoto.com to see yourself in action.
Exclusive marathon memorabilia from
the Chicago Tribune Store!
Remember race day forever with an exclusive personalized
map print from the Chicago Tribune Store!
Athletico tip of the month
Congrats to all the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants! Some may have just completed their first marathon, while others may have completed number 10 and are done for the season. Click here for several post-race strategies to implement for a good recovery and prevent overuse injuries down the road.
If you are experiencing any nagging aches and pains in the days and weeks following race day, Athletico is happy to see you for a free assessment. To set up an assessment at any of Athletico's locations, click here.
Make your feet happy with Spara
Recover from the big day and make your feet happy by using Spara. The Spara Podiatry Massage Tool combines existing injury prevention and treatment methods into one easy-to-use tool. This unique two-part system incorporates the use of a marble massage ball, which can stay frozen up to 10 minutes, and a multi-surface grip track allowing the user ultimate, targeted control. Don't let foot pain hold you back, learn more about Spara here!
Remember your race with iTAB
Celebrate your achievement by personalizing your medal with a custom iTAB featuring your name and finish time. iTAB is a small plaque that fixes neatly on to the reverse of your Bank of America Chicago Marathon medal. It's simple, memorable and encourages you to show off your medal to friends and family or sharing an image of it online. You can order your iTAB by visiting the marathon store page of chicagomarathon.com.
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