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Schedule of events
Friday, October 5
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 6
Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K
7:30 a.m.
Learn more at chicago5K.com.

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 7
Grant Park, Chicago
5:30 a.m. – Gear check opens
5:30 a.m. – Start corrals open
7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start (men)
7:21 a.m. – Wheelchair Start (women)
7:22 a.m. – Handcycle Start
7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start

Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party
Grant Park, Butler Field
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*Times are subject to change.

Visit the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features more than 180 exhibitors offering Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. Additionally, the Health & Fitness Expo is the home of participant packet pick-up for all marathon participants. Held Friday and Saturday at Chicago's McCormick Place, the two-day Expo is free and open to the public. For more information on the Health & Fitness Expo visit the Expo & packet pick-up page of chicagomarathon.com.

Please note: Participants must pick up their own participant packet at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. Individuals will not be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others.

chicagomarathon.com Bullish on your success.
Join Merrill Lynch at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo for two discussions on topics that affect runners today. To learn more, visit chicagomarathon.com.

Friday, October 5th at 12 p.m. – Merrill Lynch presents Setting Goals for Running and Life
  • Pamela Nisevich Bede, Senior Manager for Sports Nutrient at Abbott, and a ML executive will discuss setting and achieving goals for running and life.
Saturday, October 6th at 12 p.m. – Merrill Lynch presents Celebrating Success with Paula Radcliffe
  • Join the discussion with current Marathon World record holder, Paula Radcliffe, and Ashley Graham from Merrill Lynch, on celebrating women's successes. Radcliffe and Graham will discuss balancing marathon training with other life priorities such as successful careers, family, leisure activities and their health.

Download the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon app
chicagomarathon.com The Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you're running or spectating, the free mobile app includes everything you'll need to be prepared for a great race week experience.

The 2018 mobile app features unlimited live race day runner tracking, elite athlete profiles, live broadcast streaming, real time weather, an interactive course map, bib share, marathon store, event photos and much more! Available now on the App Store and Google Play

Broadcast information
chicagomarathon.com Tune in on race day from anywhere in the world! NBC Chicago will be streaming all of the race day action online from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Don't miss out on watching world class athletes like Galen Rupp, Mo Farah and many more, battle it out on the streets of Chicago to find out who will be victorious. To learn more about how to stream the race visit nbcchicago.com or telemundochicago.com.

Information presented by Molex
chicagomarathon.com Information presented by Molex will be available throughout Grant Park on race day. Information Tents will be available to assist participants and spectators with event information, course maps and general event inquiries as well as lost and found items. Information Tents will be located in the following areas:
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at 11th Street
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Harrison Street
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Jackson Drive
  • Within the Buckingham Fountain Gear Check facility (participant only Information Tent)
  • North side of Jackson Drive between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive
  • On the northwest corner of Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive
In addition to the six Information tents, Information teams will be positioned throughout Grant Park and on Michigan Avenue on race morning to assist participants and spectators with maps and viewing tips.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon Event Alert System
The color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) will communicate the status of course conditions to participants and spectators leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based primarily on the weather, as well as other conditions. Please keep an eye out for EAS communications throughout the week and on race day. For more information on the Event Alert System click here.

Create a digital cheer card for your runner
chicagomarathon.com Biofreeze will be providing digital cheer cards on-course to help runners achieve their personal bests. Here's how it works:
  • Visit Chicagomarathon.com/Biofreeze
  • Search & select the runner's name
  • Submit a message of support
  • The message will be displayed on digital boards on course as a runner approaches
Be sure to share with your supporters so they can submit their words of encouragement!

Continue your post-race celebration with Goose
Island Beer Co.

chicagomarathon.com Goose Island is proud to set the pace for race day refreshments in Chicago. Following your finish make sure to grab your 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon commemorative can. Then enjoy a 312 Urban Wheat Ale or a Next Coast IPA at the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party, in Grant Park's Butler Field, immediately after the race.

After the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party, continue the celebration at one of the six Goose Island Post-Race Participant Celebrations throughout the city. Be one of the first three hundred and twelve runners to arrive wearing a 2018 finisher medal, at any of the six locations, and the first 312 Urban Wheat Ale is on the house!

The 2018 Goose Island post-race participant celebrations will take place at:

Goose Island Tap Room
1800 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60622

Hard Rock Café Chicago
63 W. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Lizzie McNeal's
400 N. McClurg Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611

The Plaza at Park Grill
11 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602

The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen
1301 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605

65 E. Adams Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

5 Tips to prepare your mind for a marathon and for life.
chicagomarathon.com Whether you're a new runner or an experienced marathoner, the mental aspect of training to run a marathon is equally important as the physical aspect. With a few days to go until the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, here are some tips from Dr. Beth McQuiston, neurologist and medical director at Abbott, title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.

1. Visualize yourself to victory
2. Tap into the power of habit
3. Deconstruct your goal
4. Anticipate obstacles
5. Tap into the power of "green exercise"

Read the full article.

MarathonFoto pre-sale discount
chicagomarathon.com Get all of your digital race photos plus exclusive race day highlights for only $65! This offer ends October 6, 2018. Images will be emailed to you after the race. Focus on your finish. We'll focus on you. Click here to learn more.

Fuel for race day at the Park Grill
chicagomarathon.com The Plaza at Millennium Park, the featured restaurant of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, is hosting a pre-race pasta dinner on Saturday, October 6! The pasta dinner includes a pasta buffet, a selection of seasonal sides and desserts, and a beverage. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Pasta Dinner for only $40! Tickets are available on
parkgrillchicago.com and can be purchased over the phone at 312.521.7275.

Go airport express
chicagomarathon.com GO Airport Express offers efficient and economical shared-ride shuttles from O'Hare and Midway airports. GO Airport Express counters can be found in the baggage claim area of the airport. O'Hare counters are located in Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and outside of Terminal 5. The counter at Midway Airport is located at Door 2. Shuttles depart every 10 to 15 minutes.

Book your shuttle now, and pay only $20 per person for up to two riders. Groups of 3 or more will receive a greater discount and pay only $16 per person. Visit airportexpress.com/reservations to make a reservation or call 800.284.3826 and use the code "MARATHON." For private charters call 773.843.2420.

Congratulate your runner with flowers from City scents
chicagomarathon.com City Scents is offering "good luck" and "congratulations" floral arrangements and bouquets for purchase online and on race day. For delivery to a hotel, home or office, go to cityscents.com or call 312.836.0211 or 800.886.1050; or stop by their 209 E. Ohio Street location. City Scents also offers floral bouquets for sale on race day in Grant Park at four locations near the start/finish area.

Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time,
stress free!

chicagomarathon.com We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Bank of America Chicago Marathon SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero app.


Get your commemorative CTA farecard
chicagomarathon.com Public transit is your best bet for getting to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the city's bus and rail service, providing affordable, reliable and convenient service to the race for runners and spectators alike. Avoid long lines at the airport and on race day by purchasing a commemorative Bank of America Chicago Marathon reloadable Ventra farecard from CTA. You can order your farecard (3-day pass, 7-day pass or $20 in transit value) before the race and have it mailed to your home* before traveling to Chicago. For more information and to order your commemorative Ventra farecard visit ventranow.com/marathon.

*U.S. residents only

Make your race one to remember with iTab
chicagomarathon.com Celebrate your achievement by personalizing your medal with adding your name and finish time with an iTAB. 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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