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Inspire the world
Running a marathon is one of the most powerful and fulfilling journeys a person can experience. Last year, more than 11,000 participants made their 26.2 miles more meaningful by running and raising $22.7 million dollars for charity. Since 2002, charity runners have inspired us and impacted our world through their devotion to supporting local, national and global causes. To learn more about joining a charity team in 2019 click here.

Still, want to register to run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon? There are a limited number of entries available through the official Charity Program. Sign up today to run with and fundraise for one of the many great organizations in the program.

Inspire the world and run for charity in 2019.

2019 Elite athlete field
The competition is heating up for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Continue reading for more information on some of the top contenders in this year's elite field.

Going for one Mo win
Mo Farah delighted fans from across the globe at last year's Bank of America Chicago Marathon as he shook his final competitor in the 26th mile running his way to victory and breaking the European record with a time of 2:05:11. Farah is a four-time Olympic gold medalist on the track and had moved his sights to the roads. He kicked off 2019 with a fifth place finish at the London Marathon and now with his eyes set on Chicago. This October, he looks to replicate his 2018 performance and once again pump his fists as he runs down Columbus Drive to another Chicago victory.

The return of Rupp
Galen Rupp is a two-time Olympic medalist and the current holder of four American records. In 2017, he ran into the history books at the 40th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, becoming the first American male to claim a victory since Khalid Khannouchi broke the tape in 2002. Rupp would return again in 2018, to finish fifth with a time of 2:06:21. Two weeks after the race, he underwent Achilles tendon surgery. This year marks a significant comeback for Rupp as he looks to reclaim his title.

Schär the Swiss sensation
Manuela Schär collected her sixth consecutive Abbott World Marathon Major victory in London, so she will enter this year's race as the reigning champion of the Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Boston and London marathons. She is the fastest female marathon racer of all time with a 1:28:17 personal best, and she holds the official world record. Schär spent five years on Chicago's podium as either the runner-up or third-place finisher, but that all changed last fall when she crushed a talented field by almost two minutes to win her first Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Her motto says it all: "never hope for it more than you work for it."

Romanchuck continues to conquer
Daniel Romanchuk seized his first Abbott World Marathon Major win in Chicago last fall, and he has been winning ever since. He finished 2018 by becoming the first American male and the youngest athlete to win the wheelchair competition at the New York City Marathon. He welcomed 2019 with a runner-up finish in Tokyo and a pair of first place finishes at the Boston and London marathons. The London Marathon doubled as the World Para-athletics Marathon Championships, so Romanchuk added "marathon world champion" to his long list of accomplishments.

Athletico tip of the month Does the aching pain in your heel have you adjusting your training program this running season? Countless runners suffer from Achilles tendon injuries every year. Click here to find out more on how to overcome this injury and get back to pounding the pavement!

If you experience any aches or pains as you train, Athletico is happy to see you for a free assessment. Click here to request your online or in-clinic free assessment at any of their 450+ locations.

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