Runners who entered the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon non-guaranteed entry drawing will be notified of their selection status today. The 2018 event welcomed a record 44,610 marathoners across the finish line, and a similar size field is predicted for the 42nd annual event on October 13, 2019.
”Today marks an exciting day for our 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon runners as they begin their training journey to our finish line,” said Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon executive race director. “I cannot wait to celebrate their strength, perseverance and individual stories 10 months from now. The Chicago Marathon is a race with a strong tradition of welcoming new runners and veterans to Grant Park, and we cannot wait to commemorate 42 years of running next October.”
Runners who did not receive an entry through the drawing can still sign up through the marathons official Charity Program; a limited number of entries are available. Since 2002, the Charity Program has generated more than $185 million for local, national and global causes. Go to chicagomarathon.com/charity for a list of official charities and information on how to register by joining a charity team.
Runners who received an entry through the drawing will join those who guaranteed their entry into the race during the five-week application window. Guaranteed entries include Chicago Marathon and Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle legacy finishers, time qualifiers, international tour group participants, charity runners and those who cancelled their 2018 entries.