PRESS RELEASE: CHICAGO – Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that 45,000 entrants were selected to run the 2014 race. The field will be comprised of non-guaranteed lottery entrants and guaranteed entrants, which include time qualifiers, legacy finishers, international tour groups, and charity runners. The 37th annual event will take place on Sunday, October 12, 2014, where participants will compete on the flat and fast Chicago course.
“Bank of America is proud to welcome runners from around the world to Chicago to experience this first class race,” said Tim Maloney, Bank of America Illinois president. “The Chicago Marathon is a memorable event for all who are involved, and it is incredibly impactful on the local economy and charity organizations worldwide.”
This year marked the first time that the Bank of America Chicago Marathon filled its field through the use of a guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry system after introducing a partial lottery system in 2013 to help service the demand of participants.
“We’re excited about the growing interest to run this race, and are thrilled that the new process provided our participants with a positive registration experience,” said Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. “We’re looking forward to kicking off the training season and preparing for a great race day in October.”
More than 71,000 people applied for the 2014 race between Wednesday, March 19, and Monday, April 7. All lottery entrants will be notified of their status via email today, April 14. Notifications on how to complete the registration process for all selected participants will be distributed on a rolling basis throughout the day.
For those who are still looking for entries into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a limited number of entries can be obtained through the Official Charity Program, which has generated more than $100 million for local, national, and global causes since 2002. More than 65 nonprofit organizations still have available entries for the 2014 race. Go to chicagomarathon.com/charity for a list of official charities and for information on how to register by joining a charity team.
For more information and registration details, go to chicagomarathon.com