Every aspect of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is world-class, with about 40,000 people running through Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and nailing PRs on Chicago’s pancake-flat streets.
Multiple nominations came in raving about the ease of logistics, top-notch swag, and outstanding spectator and crowd support. On-course there’s lots to keep you entertained—from drag queens in Boystown to a dragon dance in Chinatown, and more. The aid stations are long and well-organized, 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!
The Chicago Marathon also earned our Green Lion Award thanks to their efforts to incorporate eco-savvy practices into every stage of the race planning and execution.
Chicago , IL