You said 2016 was the year you wanted to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This famed 26.2-miler may still be months away–Sunday, October 9, to be exact–but you’ve had the second weekend in October marked on your calendar since the 2015 race ended.
One problem: you can’t actually register for the 2016 Chicago Marathon quite yet. Bank of America Chicago Marathon officials only recently announced registration procedures for the 2016 event. If you’re planning to register (or test your luck in the race’s lottery if you don’t have guaranteed entry), here’s what you need to know.
- Runner applications for the 2016 Chicago Marathon will begin to be accepted Tuesday, March 8, by visiting the marathon’s website, and will end Tuesday, April 12. As it has been conducted since 2014, registration is offered through guaranteed entry options and a non-guaranteed entry drawing.
- Entry to the race costs $185 for U.S. residents and $210 for those residing outside the U.S.
- There are five guaranteed entry options, which include legacy finishers (those who have completed the Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years), time qualifiers, charity program runners, runners who deferred their 2015 entry, and runners who have enrolled with an official Chicago Marathon tour partner. The specifics on these entry options can be found on the marathon’s registration information site.
- Runners who do not meet the criteria for guaranteed entry can apply to the 2016 event’s non-guaranteed entry drawing. Application for slots in the race’s lottery drawing will open Tuesday, March 15, and run until Tuesday, April 12. After April 12, the race will randomly select names from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applicants, and notify runners of their selection status on Thursday, April 21.
For more registration details on the 2016 Chicago Marathon, check out the event website. Then mark March 8 and April 12 on your calendar so you don’t forget to sign-up during that period. Then get running because as Bank of America Chicago Marathon executive director Carey Pinkowski says, “The 2016 Chicago Marathon will be here before we know it!”