Chicago Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Marathon

Date 13 Oct 2019

About Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon, officially called the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, is the pinnacle event for novice to elite runners. Participants from over 50 states and more than 100 various countries pack themselves into Grant Park to take part in both the marathon event and the spectacular celebration. Chicago, a city like no other, is a big city with an even bigger heart. One of the most beloved marathons around the world, people from around the globe compete to race around the downtown center and to get a glimpse of Lake Michigan and the city skyline.

Considered a flat and fast course; it is one of the big-5 marathons that comprise the Wold Marathon Majors series. Starting with just 4,200 runners when it began in 1977, it has grown to over 45,000 in just a little over three decades. The Midwestern spectators are something that makes this marathon amazing, as is the excitement in the air of the city, which comes alive to cheer marathoners to the finish line.


Bank of America Chicago Marathon

  • 42.195km


Aid Stations

20 aid stations (see locations below) are located along the course approximately one to two miles apart. Each aid station consists of the following amenities in this order: Medical Tent with access to a Runner Transport vehicle* Toilet facilities. Gatorade Endurance. Formula (lemon-lime flavor) Water, Public address announcer.


All participants and spectators are strongly encouraged to use public transportation race weekend. If you drive, allow sufficient time for heavy traffic congestion and street closures due to the race.


Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula. Bananas are available in the later miles of the course; they are generally offered between miles 20-24.


Timing checkpoints are positioned at the start line, at each 5K, at the halfway point (13.1 miles) and at the finish line. Your MYLAPS BibTag timing device will register split times at each of these checkpoints.

Chicago Marathon Route Map

Chicago Marathon Route Map


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Grant Park





The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its fast and flat course through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course offers a scenic tour of Chicago and its lively neighborhoods, as well as a convenient start and finish in beautiful Grant Park.

Elite athletes and amateurs alike annually target the race for its potential to generate personal, national and world records. The fast Chicago Marathon route has been a scene of as many as four world records.


The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park and travels through one of the world’s most magnificent cities.

Chicago Marathon Trivia

Participants running the course have won over four world records, endless national records, and many professionals tout it as the place to be to beat their personal best. The latest marathon had over 1.7 million spectators as the racers made their way through over 29 different neighborhoods on their way to the ribbon.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.