Non-guaranteed and charity entry options are now available!

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The application for non-guaranteed and charity entry to the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is open!
Want to run the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon? The non-guaranteed and charity entry applications are open! The application window will close at 2 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on Tuesday, December 3.

Following the 2020 application window, names will be drawn from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applications. Please note, prior to the drawing, duplicate applications will be removed. Submitting multiple applications will not increase your chances of receiving an entry through the drawing.

Runners who apply for a non-guaranteed entry will be notified via email of their entry status on Thursday, December 12.

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Make your miles more meaningful
Guarantee your entry into the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon by running on behalf of a charity. In a sport that focuses on personal accomplishments, running for a charity transforms your 26.2 mile experience into a rewarding team endeavor. From group training runs to team parties throughout the training season, charity teams create memories that last well beyond the finish! Since 2002, charity runners have raised more than $200 million for local, national and global causes!

Find a cause you are passionate about in the Charity index.

Save the dates
Thinking about running the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Mark your calendars for some important upcoming deadlines and race week dates:
  • Non-guaranteed and charity entry applications opened – Monday, October 21 (10 a.m. U.S. Central Time)
  • Remaining guaranteed entry applications open (Time qualifier, Legacy finisher, 2019 Cancelled entry, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Legacy and American Development Program) – Monday, October 28 (10 a.m. U.S. Central Time)
  • The 2020 application window closes – Tuesday, December 3 (2 p.m. U.S. Central Time)
  • Runners are notified of their selection status through the non-guaranteed entry drawing – Thursday, December 12
  • Abbott Health & Fitness Expo – Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10*
  • Race day – Sunday, October 11

*Runners are required to pick up their own participant packet (bib number and timing device) at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during the scheduled hours of operation.

Book your race weekend travel
Race weekend is one of the most popular weekends for hotel rooms in Chicago. If you are traveling here for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we encourage you to take advantage of special hotel rates from Experient, the official Chicago Marathon housing partner. Visit the official Chicago Marathon Housing site to access exclusive room blocks at the city's most desirable hotels. Don't miss this opportunity to book early!

Click here to view some of the hotels that will have rooms available for the 2020 race and the distances from these hotels to the start and finish lines in Grant Park, the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, city landmarks and more.

Athletico tip of the month Congrats to all 2019 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. While some soreness is expected after a running a race like this, any lingering aches and pains should be checked out by a professional. Listen to your body and don't delay the recovery process.

Athletico would like to offer free assessments for any aches or pains you may experience. Click here to request an assessment at any of their 450+ clinics or online.

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