The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will open its lottery and guaranteed registration options for the 2015 race today at 12 p.m. Central Time.
The lottery will remain open for six weeks and will close at noon on April 21. Participants will learn whether or not they were selected through the lottery on April 28 and will then have one week to complete the registration process.
Those who deferred their 2014 entry, will run with an official charity, will run with an official tour partner, have completed five or more Bank of America Chicago Marathons in the past 10 years or have qualified by time (sub-3:15 for men, sub-3:45 for women) can also register starting at noon today. The registration fee for the race is $185 for U.S. residents and $210 for non-U.S. residents.
Over the weekend, the Chicago Area Runners Association clarified aspects of its incentive program that will provide more guaranteed entry options in the future for CARA members. While the program will not grant runners entries to this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, it will open the door for area runners to gain guaranteed entries to next year’s event.
In addition to the 8+2 program, designed for competitive runners who can place in the top five of their age group at eight different races throughout the year, runners can also earn entries through participation or long distance racing. Runners who choose to pursue the participation route will need to complete 10 CARA Circuit races or 10 CARA Certified races, five of which must be on the CARA Circuit, in 2015.
Those interested in the long distance category need to run four CARA Circuit or CARA Certified races of 10 miles or more and a marathon or longer during the year. These runners, just like those participating in the 8+2 program, will also need to volunteer for two shifts supporting the 2015 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K or Bank of America Chicago Marathon.