The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a World Marathon Major and on many runners’ bucket lists for good reason. Every aspect of the race is world-class, with about 40,000 people running through Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and nailing PRs on Chicago’s pancake-flat streets.
The race offers easy access to the start-line and finish and, as a looped course, race-day logistics are much easier than some other large events. The medal and t-shirt are always top-notch, and the wide expo aisles make this one of the best ones to cruise.
"Every aspect of the race is world-class."
On-course there’s a ton to keep you entertained, plus LONG and well-organized aid stations that are labeled and have color coordinated cups (always green Gatorade first and white/blue water second). And once you cross the finish line, it’s one of the fastest finish-to-beer-in-hand time differentials you’ll find! All of these perks make this race perfect for first-timers!
Chicago , IL