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Race weekend is right around the corner and the city of Chicago is getting ready to welcome you with open arms! Whether you're running the event or cheering on your friends and family, we want you to get the most out of your time in Chicago. Continue reading for information about getting around the city race weekend and how to follow along from home if you can't make it to town.


Download the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon mobile app
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the 2019 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 2019 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.


Make race day plans with the 2019 spectator guide
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is more than a road race; it's a tour of one of the greatest cities in the world. As the Chicago Marathon weaves its way through 29 diverse neighborhoods, participants and spectators experience the history, culture, renowned architecture and vibrant spirit that make Chicago great. As you prepare to cheer on your runner make sure to take advantage of the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide. With a detailed course map, spectator viewing areas accessed by CTA trains, Chicago neighborhood details and more helpful information, the 2019 Chicago Marathon spectator guide will help you get the most out of your spectator experience.

Download the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide.


Tune in to catch all the race day action
NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago will provide complete live TV coverage and live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13. The NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo live television broadcast will air from 7 to 11 a.m. and the live stream will be available at nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

670 The Score Sports Radio will provide complete live radio coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Listen to Josh Liss and expert analysts provide a play-by-play of all the exciting action on Sunday, October 13.


Get a race preview with 670 The Score Sports Radio
Tune into 670 The Score Sports Radio for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon preview shows featuring Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski and running industry special guests discussing what to expect and how to prepare for the 2019 Chicago Marathon. The final two shows will air at 7 a.m. on October 5 and 12 (U.S. Central Time).


Spectator viewing areas
Spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas will be accessible to participants displaying their event-issued bib numbers, event staff with proper credentials, and ticketed guests (where applicable). Individuals who are not registered for the race will not be able to escort runners to the start line or greet runners at the finish line. We recommend that spectators support runners from elsewhere on the course and meet runners after the race at the designated runner reunite area after the race.

The Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party and runner reunite area of Grant Park will open to spectators at 9:30 a.m. To access this area, spectators must pass through security and bag screening. Please note, any items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate will be confiscated or denied access at the sole discretion of security personnel.

Visit the Spectator information page of chicagomarathon.com for more information.


Official Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise from Nike
Commemorate your Bank of America Chicago Marathon experience with official merchandise offered by Nike. The official merchandise collection includes commemorative performance running and lifestyle apparel and can be purchased at the following locations. Official finisher merchandise will be available on Saturday, October 12, only at Nike Chicago, Nike Running Bucktown and Nike.com.
  • Abbott Health & Fitness Expo (October 11 & 12)
  • Nike Chicago, 669 N. Michigan Ave.
  • Nike Running Bucktown, 1640 N. Damen Ave.
  • Nike.com
  • Fleet Feet Old Town, 1706 N. Wells St.
  • Heartbreak Hill Running Company, 2148 N. Halsted St.

Run with us in 2020


Reimagine the run in 2020! The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 is a new half marathon race coming to Chicago. It will offer a uniquely Chicago experience; encouraging runners to get out of the Loop and explore the neighborhoods of Chicago's West Side. Join us for a three-day festival and race experience designed to showcase the best of our city. Learn more at chicago13point1.com!


Turn the city green and get your Irish on at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday, March 22, 2020! Don't miss your chance to participate in a one-of-a-kind celebration through the streets of Chicago. Learn more at shamrockshuffle.com.


Volunteer race weekend
If you're not participating in the event but are looking to be a part of race weekend excitement, consider joining us as a volunteer! From the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, to the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K and along the 26.2-mile course, volunteers help to make the Bank of America Chicago Marathon one of the best marathons in the world. To learn more please visit chicagomarathon.com/volunteer.


Five travel tips to help you run your best race
chicagomarathon.com Traveling to Chicago? You're not alone. Thousands of runners will be lacing up their running shoes away from home and planning how to navigate a new city.

To reduce your travel pre-race jitters, check out these tips from Abbott, title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors:
  1. Pack what you need.
  2. Take time to acclimate.
  3. Fuel up and sleep well.
  4. Take care of yourself – before and after the race.
  5. Take your travel adventure in stride.

Want to read more? Click here for more travel and pre-race advice.

Your race day fueling plan
chicagomarathon.com Gatorade Endurance is proud to be the official sports fuel of 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, helping provide critical fluids and nutrients to endurance athletes on race day. Gatorade Endurance Formula is served at all aid stations on course. Additional Gatorade Endurance product such as Carb Energy Chews are available at Aid Station 10 and Energy Gels are available at Aid Station 14. Dial in your fueling plan for race day by learning more about what's on-course.

Learn more about Gatorade Endurance.


Millennium Parking Garages
chicagomarathon.com Park here. Go anywhere with Millennium Garages! Whether you're running the marathon or cheering from the sidelines, Millennium Garages has your parking needs covered. Come for the day and enjoy Millennium Garages' race day rate or stay for the weekend and take advantage of multi-day rates. Millennium Garages offers daily and multi-day parking at all four of their underground parking garages located along Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. Book your convenient, worry-free parking today at millenniumgarages.com/chicago-marathon/!

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 pick it up at will call when you arrive in Chicago. For more information and to order your commemorative Ventra farecard visit ventranow.com/marathon.

Go Airport Express
chicagomarathon.com GO Airport Express offers efficient and economical shared-ride shuttles from O'Hare and Midway airports. The GO Airport Express counters are in the baggage claim area of the airport. Shuttles depart every 15 to 20 minutes from O'Hare and every 20 to 25 minutes from Midway airport.

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.

Pre-order your 2019 race photos
chicagomarathon.com Pre-order your 2019 race photos with a special offer from MarathonFoto!

Check out MarathonFoto.com to pick from 3 great photo packages and save $15 to $35 off their normal retail price.

MarathonFoto, the official photographer of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, will take photos before the race, along the course and as you cross the finish line. Get a head start - order and save today! *

*Offer ends 10.12.19

Chicago Tribune
chicagomarathon.com Run. Race. Remember. Pre-order your copy of the Chicago Tribune Commemorative Results today!
  • The Official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Results Section
  • The Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14 editions of the Chicago Tribune featuring marathon preview and recap coverage
  • A Congratulatory Print (10"x10.5")
  • Shipping/Handling
Own the memento that celebrates your incredible accomplishment – a newsworthy accomplishment of a lifetime. The Chicago Tribune Commemorative Results Package will be mailed six to seven weeks following the race.

Athletico tip of the month
chicagomarathon.com Lower back pain is the largest cause of disability, affecting nearly 80 percent of people in the United States at some point in their lifetime. Here are three ways to help combat low back pain in runners. If you are a runner that is experiencing back pain, consider taking the next step by scheduling a comprehensive examination with a physical therapist. Doing so will give you specific direction to help you run without back pain.

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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