Chicago Marathon

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The crowds were great! - by , 10/17/2017
5/ 5stars
The weather is hit or miss, but this race is incredibly organized and very easy to navigate as a beginner! Crowd support is phenomenal, the sights and sounds are amazing and it's a world marathon major! I recommend this for runners of every level! Only thing that stinks is it's Nike sponsored so the swag is $$ for the quality!
Be best - by , 10/15/2017
5/ 5stars
The Chicago Marathon is flat, ligned with nearly 2 million cheering fans, and has beautiful weather every year. The organization is flawless and every runner is treated like a professional. I vowed I would never run a marathon again after my first time...I've just run my fifth Chicago Marathon, because it is such an incredible, indescribable, inspriring event.
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/15/2017
5/ 5stars
Great race, love the spectator support. Well organized by event management.
2nd Race - by , 10/15/2017
4/ 4stars
Waiting for race to start was long. Would be nice if started earlier.
2nd Race - by , 10/15/2017
4/ 4stars
Waiting for race to start was long. Would be nice if started earlier.
Amazing experience - by , 10/15/2017
5/ 5stars
This was my first marathon. I've been running for a free years and have completed two half marathons before training and completing the Chicago marathon. I had never even spectated this race before. It was amazing to run it, there were people the entire race cheering everyone on. The energy alone was amazing. Many water stations, aid stations, and port a potties were available as well. So much support and the course was amazing to behold. Running through 29 neighborhoods, you get to see many parts of Chicago. In a very different way than just driving through. I had a great time and definitely considering running it again.
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/14/2017
5/ 5stars
This my first marathon I ever ran, and of course of all years Chicago had a wave of heat that week. All the organizers, volunteers, and spectators were awesome with all their support.
Legacy runner in the making - by , 10/14/2017
5/ 5stars
hree time Chicago marathon runner. Loved the energy and crowd support. Definitely would recommend it!!!
Amazing experience - by , 10/14/2017
5/ 5stars
It was my first marathon ever, and I couldn't be happier that Chicago was my first one. The organization, atmosphere, spectators was incredible! Can't wait to repeat it!!
Great Experience - by , 10/13/2017
5/ 5stars
The marathon is the greatest experience ever. Running through the neighbors you feel the love 💕
The best "Debut Marathoner" course!!! - by , 10/13/2017
5/ 5stars
I ran my first Marathon this year, the climate became hot and it was a rough day. BUT, irrespective of the unforseen climate the spectators were mind blowing and they cheered all the way from start to finish I should say. Such an amazing feeling!!! If a first time Marathoner can feel so overwhelmed, I am pretty sure anyone would love this Marathon. Regards, Iniyan
1st time marathoner - by , 10/13/2017
5/ 5stars
Such an awesome experience (despite the heat). Wasn't super impressed with Nike race shirts (ran so small) or finisher gear and there were lots of bees on the course due to the heat and Gatorade but overall I love every second
Second chicago marathon. - by , 10/13/2017
5/ 5stars
This race never seized to amaze me . I always get excited but nothing does it justice like running down the first few streets and hearing the crowds roar. A band around every corner .. kids so excited and wanting to give you power . It truly gives you chills. Chicago has so much unique character in every neighborhood and we are privekaged to run through all of that . I can't wait to do it again .
My best race yet - by , 10/13/2017
5/ 5stars
I loved Chicago! It felt like a party for 26.2 miles and I PR by 24 minutes!! Spectators were AMAZING cheering us on the whole way!! I definitely recommend it and will be back again!
Love Love Love - by , 10/13/2017
5/ 5stars
I absolutely loved running the Chicago marathon. This was my 2nd marathon and far better than my first one. The organization was great. The crowd support was awesome. All the volunteers were very caring and took great care of the runners. I also appreciated the cold water sprayers for such a hot day. It's a race I would love to run again!!
Chicago 2017 - by , 10/12/2017
4/ 4stars
The course was flat except for the finish. The crowd was good, but not as good as 2016 probably because it was hot. There was a lot of aid stations. It is an expensive city so hotel and food was quite expensive.
Crazy Awesome - by , 10/12/2017
5/ 5stars
This was my second marathon. I wasn't sure what to expect - but I LOVED IT! I'm from the suburbs which makes it even better that it's in my backyard! The course, spectators, volunteers, "entertainment" was all fantastic. I can see why people continue to go back & run this! I hope I get in via the lottery again! I love love love the "extra" stories of inspiration that come along side a marathon. There were so many from Chicago. Thanks Chicago! I'll be back!
Great course - by , 10/12/2017
5/ 5stars
Awesome course! & spectators!
Way to go Chicago - by , 10/12/2017
5/ 5stars
Chicago always does an amazing job organizing for the marathon and the 40th anniversary was no different. Amazing energy and people
Awesome - by , 10/12/2017
5/ 5stars
Love this race! Well organized! Crowd is amazing
Best race ever! - by , 10/12/2017
5/ 5stars
I was a little worried about security because it was such a large race. But after I got there I felt very at ease!! Security, police officers, trained medicals, and volunteers were amazing!! Above and beyond!!! I would run this race every year if possible. The expo was amazing as well! Just an overall great experience that I will talk about for a lifetime! Thank you, Chicago!!!
Once in a Lifetime. - by , 10/11/2017
5/ 5stars
This was my second time running the Chicago Marathon and it was great. As always, this race has an excellent organization and up to the best international standards. Furthermore, the race is just a once in a lifetime experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. I fell in love with Chicago Marathon since the first expo I went and it never disappoints.
Chicago Marathon 2017 - by , 10/11/2017
5/ 5stars
The Chicago Marathon is always a blast! As long as you come prepared and stay the course and run your race you are sure to have a great time. The atmosphere is one of the best out there. Running from downtown to the neighborhoods, you get to see all the wonderful aspects of Chicago with people cheering you on the entire way!
Crowded marathon - by , 10/11/2017
5/ 5stars
Chicago is my favorite marathon but this year it was too crowded. It was the 40th anniversary but they should have have allowed that many runners. Besides that- truly enjoyed myself once again.
Not geared for slow runners - by , 10/11/2017
3/ 3stars
The race starts too late and the sweepers start too early. I was on pace to finish at close-of-course (6:30:00), and the sweepers passed me at mile 13. I wasn't worried about my time, but I was slowed significantly by dodging official trucks and having to review the course map to make sure I got the distance. The course is scenic and festive and the crowd support is spectacular, even for the folks at my pace. That said, the aid stations reduced to two or three volunteers once the sweepers started passing. Also, shade is hard to find after mile 20-21. For slower runners, this means you're winded, tired, your support is drying up, and you're still five miles from the end in direct sunlight. Because of my time, I missed the finishing chute and the post-race festivities. That's another problem, but I have to accept some responsibility for my pace. It would be nice if the chute had stayed open... it's not like Columbus is a high-traffic street on weekends. This race needs to start earlier. It would also be nice if the course was reversed, giving us direct sun in the cooler temps early in the race and shaded streets at the end of the course. That won't happen, because Chicago can't ever inconvenience the north side, but it would be beneficial for the runners.
Awesome experience - by , 10/11/2017
5/ 5stars
I loved it! Wonderful city and awesome spectators!!
Chicago marathon - by , 10/11/2017
5/ 5stars
They say time flies when you're having fun, well 26.2 miles went by fast! Amazing first time experience. Loved Chicago's energy!
Chicago is amazing!! - by , 10/11/2017
5/ 5stars
It was lot more crowded this year than previous years (ran 2013, 2015&2016). While GPS lost the signals many times and skipped the mile here and there but crowds will get you going. Wvery neighborhood is unique and it's 26.2 miles of party at sidewalk. I got so much energies from spectators and volunteers.
Great security energetic spectators BUT - by , 10/10/2017
4/ 4stars
This was my 3rd yr completing chicago marathon. Since it was the 40th anniversary I expected a better/not so plain liking shirt. Very disappointed in the swag and expo wasn't as good as some if chicagos half marathons. But I felt confident in our emergency crew to keep us all safe. There were too many people cutting across the course..... again. People running side by side so you couldn't pass and the inspiring notes were not displayed in time for me as a runner to read then mmmmm which I actually think the trigger that trips from your bin to the sign was put after the sign. Great race for newbies but if u want a time with nobody slowing you down or stopping I'd try a different race but it was a very cool medal this year. Maybe the shirt could've been the same style
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/10/2017
5/ 5stars
I would highly recommend this marathon to anyone! It is extremely well organized! The rates for hotels and flights are not jacked up for the event and the crowds are amazing!! There is so much energy with the crowds and you get to see the different neighborhoods in Chicago!! World class event for sure!!!
Excellent - by , 10/10/2017
5/ 5stars
This is an amazing race start to finish ! Great support from volunteers to spectators! Highly recommended!
Best Marathon Ever! - by , 10/09/2017
5/ 5stars
Where do I start? The Chicago Marathon exceeded my expectations in every way possible. I have never seen a city come together and support a race like what I witnessed in Chicago. Truly a one of a kind experience. This was my first Chicago Marathon and now I think I'm hooked. Already hoping to get into next year's race. If you are looking for a race that celebrates what the Marathon spirit is all about, Chicago is the race for you!
Celebrating with chicago - by , 10/09/2017
5/ 5stars
It was another great race in Chicago. There was not too much to complain about but was glad for all the volunteers and support along the route. The only thing that drove me crazy was where was the validation for the parking discount at the expo. We walked around several times and didn't see it.
The shirt the medal - by , 10/09/2017
5/ 5stars
I think the shirt was very cheaply made, i ordered a large and i got a large but it fit like a childs medium i was very disappointed and thw medal had no color :(
Amazing experience - by , 10/08/2017
5/ 5stars
It was an incredible experience. Scenery through neighborhoods was adecuate, and organization impecable. Totally recommend it!
Enjoyed it, but one small problem. - by , 10/08/2017
5/ 5stars
Loved this race as it's a marathon major. Volunteers and staff did a comendable job. In the future if it ever gets over 75 again, please make sure the drinks are cold at the last few water stations
Enjoyed it, but one small problem. - by , 10/08/2017
5/ 5stars
Loved this race as it's a marathon major. Volunteers and staff did a comendable job. In the future if it ever gets over 75 again, please make sure the drinks are cold at the last few water stations
Amazing Experience! - by , 11/07/2016
5/ 5stars
This race was one of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime. I have never seen so much crowd support in a city, and felt so much love as I ran alongside thousands of other runners. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/24/2016
5/ 5stars
Sweet home Chicago is my hometown marathon. The course is flat, fast, and a great opportunity to push your limits and show off the results of all those summer miles logged under the heat and humidity while your friends sought shelter and air conditioning. This year's race had perfect weather and created a backdrop that made me proud to call Chicago home and allowed Chicago to showcase itself to so many visitors. Even though I call Chicago my home, this 26.2 miles took me to parts of my city that even I haven't been to! The entire city rallies around you, regardless if you are leading the pack or caught somewhere in the middle, or just enjoying the experience and running near the back. Some runners have disagreed about the tshirt designs or medal designs. I don't run for tshirt. I don't run for a medal. I run for the experience and memories, and the Chicago marathon has provided me enough of that to last a lifetime. Whether it's someone's first marathon attempt or they are a marathon vet, Chicago provides a world class experience. Do not miss your chance to run throughout this beautiful city!
Great race - by , 10/23/2016
5/ 5stars
100% would do this again.
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/22/2016
5/ 5stars
The best marathon ever!!! Love the city, crowds and support!! Great volunteers!! Beautiful route, so many different neighborhoods!!! Just my favorite marathon out there!!!
World class race with a taste of home - by , 10/22/2016
5/ 5stars
My first ever marathon was chicago 2011 and since then I have run full marathons and half marathons a total of 20 plus but I always go back to Chicago. The vibe is positive, the view is timeless and the people runners volunteers and spectators alike are warm, friendly and very supportive. Its the warm feeling just like coming home to visit grandma's house. The multiple times I have run this race I can visualize every turn and andulation of the course but yet each time it's a new experience again to me. I always make a point to wave at the senior citizen home around mile 7 and 8 thinking same resident is still there from last year waved and cheered me on. Yes I will always run the Chicago marathon year after year to complete my running fix hopefully until in my 90's and beyond. Sweet home Chicago!!!
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/22/2016
4/ 4stars
This was the 2nd year I ran the Chicago Marathon. Love the course, love all the spectators! This year there was an issue leaving Grant Park. Huge cluster of people trying to get back to Michigan Ave, all the gates prevented everyone from exiting smoothly. There was alot of standing and waiting to get through. I felt like I was waiting in line at Disney World. Not a great experience after just having run 26.2 miles. I also think the shirts could be alot nicer. How about a nicer quality long sleeve or a jacket? I do like the shuttle going to and from the expo. That is awesome! This year I didn't get to the expo until Saturday afternoon and the booth that sells the race mementos (glasses, coffee mugs etc) was sold out! Overall, great race in the greatest city!
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/21/2016
5/ 5stars
Loved the enthusiasm of the neighborhoods throughout the city!! Very well organized
3rd Times The Charm - by , 10/21/2016
5/ 5stars
This was my year...they say 3rd times the charm and it was! My first Chicago marathon was in 2012, 2nd in 2015 and this was my 3rd. My goal since the beginning was to come in below 5 hours. I knew it was in me, but due to injury and getting sick right before race day in years past I never got there. The weather on marathon Sunday was perfect. The crowd and atmosphere just as perfect. Having my family and my running crew, Three Run Two, out there -- cheering not only me on , but my fellow marathoners -- made my heart burst with love. I ran with one of my running partners, and although we stopped at several med stations because she was cramping, we were determined to break the 5 hour wall. The med staff...AMAZING! We did it, 4:57:54. The goal for 2017 - 4:20 or less! Watch out 2017 #ChiMarathon...i'm coming...better and even stronger!
One for the Bucket List! - by , 10/21/2016
5/ 5stars
I wanted a fun race for my first marathon, and Chicago was just that! The course is flat and fast, and goes through some of the most iconic parts of the city. The entire course is lined with people cheering you on! The volunteers are amazing, the weather was amazing, and finishing was amazing! The race is a great event for both experienced and novice marathoners. I definitely plan on running the Chicago marathon again!
Chicago marathon review - by , 10/21/2016
5/ 5stars
I've now ran this marathon 4 times. It's a great race with a awesome atmosphere. The late runners could be taken care of bit better but besides that. It's awesome.
Best race ever - by , 10/20/2016
5/ 5stars
To be my first marathon it was great. From the expo to the race. Didn't expect it to be this good been to other expos this one was great. I would do this race again. I'm from Chicago. I always volunteer but this time I got to run it. Hands down Definitely best race !!😊
Chicago Marathon! - by , 10/20/2016
5/ 5stars
The whole city comes out to cheer you on! It's so much fun to explore the neighborhoods and be entertained by the singing Elvis at mile 11!!
26.2 Miles of fun! - by , 10/20/2016
5/ 5stars
This was my 2nd Chicago marathon, my 7th marathon including The NYC marathon, chicago, by far is the most entertaining, well organized, easy to run marathon. This is the 1 marathon I hope to run until I'm 90 or beyond. The city, spectators and runners all come together for one goal and its beyond exciting to see and experience.
Chicago Marathon - Highly Recommend! - by , 10/20/2016
5/ 5stars
I would highly recommend Chicago Marathon! I thought the race was very well run (no pun intended) and the course was great! I'll definitely be signing up again.
First marathon - by , 10/20/2016
4/ 4stars
This was great for my first race! Also wish there were more bathrooms before the race. It's a nice and flat course and spectators the whole way. The medal and shirt could be improved but overall super happy with the race! The volunteers were so nice and encouraging.
Excellent Race Start to Finish - by , 10/20/2016
5/ 5stars
After hearing nothing but positive reviews from friends and teammates that have previously run Chicago, I had high expectations and the entire weekend did not disappoint. From the most organized and efficient packet pick-up (genius!) to the convenience of so many hotels to the start/finish line, and the flat and fast course, this was by far the best overall experience I've had in a marathon to date. The on-course support was amazing, the course itself was excellent, and the post-race festival was a brilliant added touch to celebrate 26.2 miles of achievement. If I had to nit-pick one element, it would be the lack-luster medal. For being a marathon major, I'd expect a little more elegance and something that stands out a bit more.
Needs some work - by , 10/19/2016
3/ 3stars
For a world marathon and after running other world marathons, i expected better logistics, communications and planning. Not enough time between corralls, expo oddly laid and lack of communication for what to do and where to go before hand. Not enough nutrition, ran out before half of the participants came through
Great race! - by , 10/19/2016
4/ 4stars
This year was my first time running the Chicago marathon. It is a world class race. Amazing scenery and outstanding crowd support! I could not believe that there were supporters at every mile of the marathon! Need more toilets before the race and on the course. Also, getting out after the race was cumbersome. But I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Chicago marathon - by , 10/19/2016
5/ 5stars
This was my first year running the Chicago marathon and hopefully not my last! It has aways been on my bucket list of things to do and races to run. It did not disappoint! It truly was a great experience and well orchestrated. This was a city wide event and loved how so many people in the city came out to cheer us on on every street. The only thing that could change is maybe the expo layout. I love Expos and could spend a lot of time and money at them. I understand the reasoning behind having the Nike booth/section right up front. With so many people attending the expo and trying to pick up their packet items having Nikes store/ booth right up front made it really congested. So many people (along with me) wanted to shop in Nike but it was so crowded because of people entering expo and passing through. Other than that, I loved the Chicago marathon and hope to be back next year!
BofA Chicago Marathon - by , 10/19/2016
5/ 5stars
Such a great race!
Best marathon - by , 10/19/2016
0/ 0stars
A Race for Everyone - by , 10/18/2016
5/ 5stars
Since I was a freshman in high school, I told my dad and my sister we were running the Chicago Marathon in 2016 (the year I graduated from college). This race meant more to me than any race before. I was so excited to reach that starting line and GO! From the very first step, I couldn't be happier to there. My dad and my sister (who had raced Chicago multiple times before) told me its an experience unlike any other. They were right. There were multiple times throughout the race I found myself fighting back tears (of joy/amazement). The crowd, the volunteers, the runners, the city... the energy of this race is indescribable. You'll never feel more determined and motivated in your life, even when your legs are cramping up like never before. The best thing about Chicago is it's a race of 40,000 people who come from every type of background. Old, young, beginner runners, and elite runners. This isn't a race that makes you feel out of place, it's a race for everyone. If you're looking to run a race that will change you in a positive way both physically and mentally, I would highly suggest the Chicago Marathon!
26.2 Miles of Fun! - by , 10/18/2016
5/ 5stars
This was my second time running Chicago and it won't be my last! There are crowds cheering you on the whole way and you get the best views of the city. The course is pretty flat with a slight uphill in the last .2 mile. I like to think it really makes you earn that post race beer if you sprint up it ;) Everything from the expo to the post race party is exciting and fun for the whole family. The only thing I would comment on as a con would be that because there were so many people, the smashed cups around the aid station that hadn't been pulled away got a little slippery.
Amazing spectators every step of the way - by , 10/18/2016
5/ 5stars
Love the energy from Chicago. Well organized and amazing expo is just icing on the cake. This is my third Chicago marathon and I sincerely loved every store of the way to finish line!
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/18/2016
4/ 4stars
This was my third year running the Chicago Marathon and its still by far the event I look forward to the most each years. As a resident of Chicago, I always feel like the event is just a giant tour of my city. As much as I hate running near the United Center, most of the course shows the diversity and beauty of Chicago. There is also nothing like the Chicago Marathon spectators. You never feel more supported. The atmosphere is purely electric. Every single year though the medal is a giant let down. The three Chicago Marathon medals I have on my shelf right now are arguably the ugliest three I own. They are dull and boring. ALSO this year it was near impossible to get out of the Post-Race area. I felt totally bottle necked and that I could be trampled under the right circumstances. Seriously needs to be revisted Not a good feeling right after running 26 miles.
Absolutely loved! - by , 10/18/2016
5/ 5stars
My first marathon and it was a great super flat course around the entire beautiful city of Chicago! Would 100% recommend.
First and not last marathon! - by , 10/18/2016
5/ 5stars
Fab. First and labor last marathon. Highlight was stopping at mile 13 for a quick stretch out with one of the amazing on course massage therapists. I was able to finish the second half faster than the first half. Loved the course, the amazing fans and the finish line! The post party is way too crowded for my liking but with 40,000 runners, that's to be expected.
Great Race - by , 10/17/2016
5/ 5stars
I have ran many Chicago marathons, I love this race but I do believe they need to make next years medal a SPECIAL 40th and make it look as such!!!! One more things instead of bananas on miles 22 maybe you should move them maybe to mile 18.. I also just complete Berlin marathon and at every aid stations they had water, their brand of Gatorade, tea, sliced apples and peeled bananas.. JUST SAYING!!!
Hands down great race! - by , 10/17/2016
5/ 5stars
This was hands down one of the best races I have ever competed in. The expo was extremely well organized, with the shuttle buses flowing seamlessly from the local Hyatt Regency where I boarded. The organization at the starting line was fantastic. Everything was well marked, and every volunteer I met actually felt like they wanted to be there to help you, unlike other races where they seem lethargic and bummed out about being there. The course was great, flat and fast. Great # of aid stations, only thing I'd say is add some pretzel stops (always good to have something solid to eat out there). You really do run through what seems like 20+ neighborhoods. I would run this race again in a heartbeat. There is very little I would change about it. Compared to NYC Marathon, way easier to get to, many many more hotels making it easy to walk to and from the start and finishing lines.
Tour of Chicago as it should be called - by , 10/17/2016
5/ 5stars
Absolutely amazing race. It's my city's race, and I can't tell you how proud I am to call this marathon my hometown race! 1.5 million people line the streets and cheer for you to make it to the end. It's an Olympic style marathon, high quality amenities, and an experience you'll never forget. You must make this race part of your racing schedule very soon!
Perfect race - by , 10/17/2016
5/ 5stars
Race was awesome! Well organized, terrific crowds, great atmosphere, charity friendly Just all around awesome
My first marathon - by , 10/17/2016
5/ 5stars
This was much first marathon and it was an awesome experience. The course and crowd support was top notch from beginning to end. Water and Gatorade were plentiful. I do wish the finishers medals were a bit more elaborate for such an elite world class event. At the finish line, runners had to walk such a long distance to get a final bottle of water, banana, etc after finishing the course and the post race party may as well have been in China. Way too far to walk. I finished in 5 hours and I like that runners who finished after the 6:30 had times on the official site. Not everyone is an elite runner but all deserve the recognition that comes from completing the course.
CHI2016 Running1.4.U. - by , 10/17/2016
5/ 5stars
Chicago is beautiful! A must see city! My second marathon and first at Chicago. Wonderful, inviting people. Cultural and historical neighborhoods. A must do again in the future! Running 1.4.U. Running for those who can't.
Post marathon - by , 10/16/2016
5/ 5stars
The best in town! But I have to say that Chicago Marathon could do. Better job at their medals, com'on! This years was better, but they have pretty ugly finishing medals compared to my other events. On another note, it was nearly impossible to leave the gated area. All runners where guided to one lane exit, where everyone was standing because of all of the human traffic and friends and family where blocking the exit from the other side. Chicago will always be my top running event, but those two are my least favorites.
M Jaime Review - by , 10/16/2016
5/ 5stars
Excelente
Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2016 - by , 10/16/2016
5/ 5stars
I was so excited to be part of this amazing event! It was action packed for all 26.2 miles! The course was great! The city of Chicago was so pretty! I loved seeing the tall skyscrapers on every corner & was also charmed by the quaintness of every neighborhood we ran thru. The spectators were energizing every step of the way! I'm not really a marathon girl but I am so glad I made it in the lottery pick! I will cherish my medal & my Chicago Marathon experience forever!
Chicago Matathon 2016 - by , 10/16/2016
5/ 5stars
This race was unforgettable. So well organized, great cool day, flat course, incredible crowd support, and nice t shirt. My husband and I cannot wait to run it next year.
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/16/2016
5/ 5stars
This year was my first time running the chicago marathon and im glad to say it was the best experience of my life! I highly recommend to others to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, running through the streets of chicago with thousands of other runners and reaching the finish line is an experience I will never forget. Cant wait for the 2017 Chicago Marathon!!
Fantastic race!! - by , 10/16/2016
5/ 5stars
Chicago is one of, if not the best marathon. The crowd is packed along the route, cheering on all of the runners the entire time. The course is almost entirely flat. The volunteers and workers are incredibly supportive and helpful and everything runs like clockwork. This was my 4th time running Chicago and I really can't think of a single complaint. I guess if I could change one thing, I would like an option to have the packet mailed to me, although going to the expo is always a good time as well.
First marathon and already my fave - by , 10/16/2016
5/ 5stars
I loved almost everything about this race. The course was interesting and flat, the spectators were amazing and the expo was easy to navigate. My only complaints would be the lack of merchandise at the expo and that some of the roads were in poor condition (uneven or loose gravel)
My Marathon - by , 10/15/2016
5/ 5stars
Wonderfull expirience
Best Marathon Ever! - by , 10/15/2016
5/ 5stars
This is my third time running the Chicago Marathon, the feeling of running this race gets better every time! Love everything about it. Best organized race, best volunteers, and best spectators. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to have the time of their life!!
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/14/2016
5/ 5stars
This was my second Marathon and my first trip to Chicago! This was such a fun run. There were hundreds of people cheering for the runners in every mile!! As a runner, I never wanted to stop running because the support and encouragement was so great!! Definitely would recommend this to anyone wanting to run their first or 10th marathon. I hope to come back to Chicago and do this again!!
Chicago Marathon - by , 10/14/2016
5/ 5stars
Great organization! Amazing crowd support throughout the entire race course. Well organized Expo!
The best way to tour a city is on foot~ - by , 10/14/2016
5/ 5stars
The Chicago Marathon is one of the World Marathon Majors and the city is unlike most others. The energy literally pulses through runners as we pass the 1 million spectators along the course! It's a flat fast course and before you know it, you're approaching mile 26 and the roar of the stands can be heard over music or even your thoughts. I'd highly recommend this race to any marathoner, especially first timers. It's sure to leave you on a high note!
Just do it! - by , 10/13/2016
5/ 5stars
What an amazing race! It was fast and flat. The support was amazing. I kept waiting for a quiet section that I had read about on the blogs. There were fans lined along the whole course! The support from the spectators gave me so much energy!
Chicago Bank of America marathon - by , 10/13/2016
5/ 5stars
This was my second time running the boa Chicago marathon. This is great for first timers participating because the land is flat and the volunteers and crows are amazing. The crowd and volunteer are really what makes the boa a great and energetic experience. Only downside if the medals are not that great.
Great Race - by , 10/13/2016
5/ 5stars
My only issue was needing more bathrooms at the beginning
Amazing Race for ALL Levels - by , 10/13/2016
5/ 5stars
Completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the 3rd straight year...and I didn't think it was possible to love this race anymore than I already do! The race is well organized from the time you register, to when you cross the finish line. It is a relatively flat course and you have the opportunity to see so many different neighborhoods/pockets of Chicago you may not visit otherwise (whether you live in the city or you are a visitor). I would recommend this race to anyone - whether it is your first marathon or your fifteenth. You can't beat it!
Great Race - by , 10/13/2016
5/ 5stars
Great race, amazing race expo, the crowds on the course are awesome plus running through all the diverse neighborhoods in Chicago there is something for everyone.
Greatest Marathon Experience - by , 10/12/2016
5/ 5stars
This is the 5th time I have run the Chicago Marathon and it NEVER disappoints. This is absolutely the best marathon around. With over 40,000 runners and over 1 million spectators, no runner is every without entertainment or inspiration over the 26.2 miles. While in the past there have been some patches in the last few miles is less fans, this year, every part of the 26.2 miles was filled with fans willing you to the finish!!! This is a great flat and very fast course. Perfect for beginners as well. Will definitely do this again!!!
Great Race - by , 10/09/2016
5/ 5stars
This was my first marathong and it was such a great race to be part of. The crowds are amazing and very competitive and friendly atmosphere.
RaceThread.com Chicago Marathon

RaceThread.com Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, 60290, United States

Running: Marathon

RaceThread.com Sunday, October 7th, 2018

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Photos from Instagram    #ChicagoMarathon

Description

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 worlds most magnificent cities. The course has produced four world records, several national records, and countless personal bests. Runners enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators as they run through 29 neighborhoods.

Participants will compete in the following male and female age groups: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over.
Personal engraved finish medals will be awarded to the top five finishers in the above age groups.

Course time limit
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes, at which time the course will re-open to vehicular traffic.

Race Starting Location

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The crowds were great!
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The weather is hit or miss, but this race is incredibly organized and very easy to navigate as a beginner! Crowd support is phenomenal, the sights and sounds are amazing and it's a world marathon major! I recommend this for runners of every level! Only thing that stinks is it's Nike sponsored so the swag is $$ for the quality!

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The Chicago Marathon is flat, ligned with nearly 2 million cheering fans, and has beautiful weather every year. The organization is flawless and every runner is treated like a professional. I vowed I would never run a marathon again after my first time...I've just run my fifth Chicago Marathon, because it is such an incredible, indescribable, inspriring event.

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Great race, love the spectator support. Well organized by event management.

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Waiting for race to start was long. Would be nice if started earlier.

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Waiting for race to start was long. Would be nice if started earlier.

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This was my first marathon. I've been running for a free years and have completed two half marathons before training and completing the Chicago marathon. I had never even spectated this race before. It was amazing to run it, there were people the entire race cheering everyone on. The energy alone was amazing. Many water stations, aid stations, and port a potties were available as well. So much support and the course was amazing to behold. Running through 29 neighborhoods, you get to see many parts of Chicago. In a very different way than just driving through. I had a great time and definitely considering running it again.

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This my first marathon I ever ran, and of course of all years Chicago had a wave of heat that week. All the organizers, volunteers, and spectators were awesome with all their support.

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hree time Chicago marathon runner. Loved the energy and crowd support. Definitely would recommend it!!!

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It was my first marathon ever, and I couldn't be happier that Chicago was my first one. The organization, atmosphere, spectators was incredible! Can't wait to repeat it!!

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The marathon is the greatest experience ever. Running through the neighbors you feel the love 💕

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Experience level is Intermediate.

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The best "Debut Marathoner" course!!!
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I ran my first Marathon this year, the climate became hot and it was a rough day. BUT, irrespective of the unforseen climate the spectators were mind blowing and they cheered all the way from start to finish I should say. Such an amazing feeling!!!

If a first time Marathoner can feel so overwhelmed, I am pretty sure anyone would love this Marathon.

Regards,
Iniyan

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Such an awesome experience (despite the heat). Wasn't super impressed with Nike race shirts (ran so small) or finisher gear and there were lots of bees on the course due to the heat and Gatorade but overall I love every second

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This race never seized to amaze me . I always get excited but nothing does it justice like running down the first few streets and hearing the crowds roar. A band around every corner .. kids so excited and wanting to give you power . It truly gives you chills. Chicago has so much unique character in every neighborhood and we are privekaged to run through all of that . I can't wait to do it again .

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I loved Chicago! It felt like a party for 26.2 miles and I PR by 24 minutes!! Spectators were AMAZING cheering us on the whole way!! I definitely recommend it and will be back again!

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I absolutely loved running the Chicago marathon. This was my 2nd marathon and far better than my first one. The organization was great. The crowd support was awesome. All the volunteers were very caring and took great care of the runners. I also appreciated the cold water sprayers for such a hot day. It's a race I would love to run again!!

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The course was flat except for the finish. The crowd was good, but not as good as 2016 probably because it was hot. There was a lot of aid stations. It is an expensive city so hotel and food was quite expensive.

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This was my second marathon. I wasn't sure what to expect - but I LOVED IT! I'm from the suburbs which makes it even better that it's in my backyard! The course, spectators, volunteers, "entertainment" was all fantastic. I can see why people continue to go back & run this! I hope I get in via the lottery again! I love love love the "extra" stories of inspiration that come along side a marathon. There were so many from Chicago. Thanks Chicago! I'll be back!

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Awesome course! & spectators!

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Chicago always does an amazing job organizing for the marathon and the 40th anniversary was no different. Amazing energy and people

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Love this race! Well organized! Crowd is amazing

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I was a little worried about security because it was such a large race. But after I got there I felt very at ease!! Security, police officers, trained medicals, and volunteers were amazing!! Above and beyond!!! I would run this race every year if possible. The expo was amazing as well! Just an overall great experience that I will talk about for a lifetime! Thank you, Chicago!!!

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This was my second time running the Chicago Marathon and it was great. As always, this race has an excellent organization and up to the best international standards. Furthermore, the race is just a once in a lifetime experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. I fell in love with Chicago Marathon since the first expo I went and it never disappoints.

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The Chicago Marathon is always a blast! As long as you come prepared and stay the course and run your race you are sure to have a great time. The atmosphere is one of the best out there. Running from downtown to the neighborhoods, you get to see all the wonderful aspects of Chicago with people cheering you on the entire way!

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Chicago is my favorite marathon but this year it was too crowded. It was the 40th anniversary but they should have have allowed that many runners. Besides that- truly enjoyed myself once again.

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Not geared for slow runners
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The race starts too late and the sweepers start too early. I was on pace to finish at close-of-course (6:30:00), and the sweepers passed me at mile 13. I wasn't worried about my time, but I was slowed significantly by dodging official trucks and having to review the course map to make sure I got the distance.

The course is scenic and festive and the crowd support is spectacular, even for the folks at my pace. That said, the aid stations reduced to two or three volunteers once the sweepers started passing. Also, shade is hard to find after mile 20-21. For slower runners, this means you're winded, tired, your support is drying up, and you're still five miles from the end in direct sunlight.

Because of my time, I missed the finishing chute and the post-race festivities. That's another problem, but I have to accept some responsibility for my pace. It would be nice if the chute had stayed open... it's not like Columbus is a high-traffic street on weekends.

This race needs to start earlier. It would also be nice if the course was reversed, giving us direct sun in the cooler temps early in the race and shaded streets at the end of the course. That won't happen, because Chicago can't ever inconvenience the north side, but it would be beneficial for the runners.

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I loved it! Wonderful city and awesome spectators!!

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They say time flies when you're having fun, well 26.2 miles went by fast! Amazing first time experience. Loved Chicago's energy!

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It was lot more crowded this year than previous years (ran 2013, 2015&2016). While GPS lost the signals many times and skipped the mile here and there but crowds will get you going. Wvery neighborhood is unique and it's 26.2 miles of party at sidewalk. I got so much energies from spectators and volunteers.

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This was my 3rd yr completing chicago marathon. Since it was the 40th anniversary I expected a better/not so plain liking shirt. Very disappointed in the swag and expo wasn't as good as some if chicagos half marathons. But I felt confident in our emergency crew to keep us all safe. There were too many people cutting across the course..... again. People running side by side so you couldn't pass and the inspiring notes were not displayed in time for me as a runner to read then mmmmm which I actually think the trigger that trips from your bin to the sign was put after the sign. Great race for newbies but if u want a time with nobody slowing you down or stopping I'd try a different race but it was a very cool medal this year. Maybe the shirt could've been the same style

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I would highly recommend this marathon to anyone! It is extremely well organized! The rates for hotels and flights are not jacked up for the event and the crowds are amazing!! There is so much energy with the crowds and you get to see the different neighborhoods in Chicago!! World class event for sure!!!

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This is an amazing race start to finish ! Great support from volunteers to spectators! Highly recommended!

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Best Marathon Ever!
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Where do I start? The Chicago Marathon exceeded my expectations in every way possible. I have never seen a city come together and support a race like what I witnessed in Chicago. Truly a one of a kind experience. This was my first Chicago Marathon and now I think I'm hooked. Already hoping to get into next year's race. If you are looking for a race that celebrates what the Marathon spirit is all about, Chicago is the race for you!

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It was another great race in Chicago. There was not too much to complain about but was glad for all the volunteers and support along the route. The only thing that drove me crazy was where was the validation for the parking discount at the expo. We walked around several times and didn't see it.

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I think the shirt was very cheaply made, i ordered a large and i got a large but it fit like a childs medium i was very disappointed and thw medal had no color :(

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It was an incredible experience. Scenery through neighborhoods was adecuate, and organization impecable. Totally recommend it!

Raced in 2017 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Beginner.

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Enjoyed it, but one small problem.
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Loved this race as it's a marathon major. Volunteers and staff did a comendable job. In the future if it ever gets over 75 again, please make sure the drinks are cold at the last few water stations

Raced in 2017 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate.

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Enjoyed it, but one small problem.
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Loved this race as it's a marathon major. Volunteers and staff did a comendable job. In the future if it ever gets over 75 again, please make sure the drinks are cold at the last few water stations

Raced in 2017 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate.

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Amazing Experience!
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Emma1495 | 2 Reviews

This race was one of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime. I have never seen so much crowd support in a city, and felt so much love as I ran alongside thousands of other runners. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Raced in 2014 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Other.

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Chicago Marathon
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bwinters | 2 Reviews

Sweet home Chicago is my hometown marathon. The course is flat, fast, and a great opportunity to push your limits and show off the results of all those summer miles logged under the heat and humidity while your friends sought shelter and air conditioning.

This year's race had perfect weather and created a backdrop that made me proud to call Chicago home and allowed Chicago to showcase itself to so many visitors. Even though I call Chicago my home, this 26.2 miles took me to parts of my city that even I haven't been to! The entire city rallies around you, regardless if you are leading the pack or caught somewhere in the middle, or just enjoying the experience and running near the back.

Some runners have disagreed about the tshirt designs or medal designs. I don't run for tshirt. I don't run for a medal. I run for the experience and memories, and the Chicago marathon has provided me enough of that to last a lifetime.

Whether it's someone's first marathon attempt or they are a marathon vet, Chicago provides a world class experience. Do not miss your chance to run throughout this beautiful city!

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Friends/Family.

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Great race
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Finntownrunner | 2 Reviews

100% would do this again.

Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Hotel.

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Chicago Marathon
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Jaf1063 | 2 Reviews

The best marathon ever!!! Love the city, crowds and support!! Great volunteers!! Beautiful route, so many different neighborhoods!!! Just my favorite marathon out there!!!

Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Not Applicable.

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World class race with a taste of home
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rmashak | 2 Reviews

My first ever marathon was chicago 2011 and since then I have run full marathons and half marathons a total of 20 plus but I always go back to Chicago. The vibe is positive, the view is timeless and the people runners volunteers and spectators alike are warm, friendly and very supportive. Its the warm feeling just like coming home to visit grandma's house. The multiple times I have run this race I can visualize every turn and andulation of the course but yet each time it's a new experience again to me. I always make a point to wave at the senior citizen home around mile 7 and 8 thinking same resident is still there from last year waved and cheered me on. Yes I will always run the Chicago marathon year after year to complete my running fix hopefully until in my 90's and beyond. Sweet home Chicago!!!

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Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Friends/Family.

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Chicago Marathon
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Latkinson | 2 Reviews

This was the 2nd year I ran the Chicago Marathon. Love the course, love all the spectators! This year there was an issue leaving Grant Park. Huge cluster of people trying to get back to Michigan Ave, all the gates prevented everyone from exiting smoothly. There was alot of standing and waiting to get through. I felt like I was waiting in line at Disney World. Not a great experience after just having run 26.2 miles. I also think the shirts could be alot nicer. How about a nicer quality long sleeve or a jacket? I do like the shuttle going to and from the expo. That is awesome! This year I didn't get to the expo until Saturday afternoon and the booth that sells the race mementos (glasses, coffee mugs etc) was sold out! Overall, great race in the greatest city!

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Chicago Marathon
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Heddieleigh | 2 Reviews

Loved the enthusiasm of the neighborhoods throughout the city!! Very well organized

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Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Hotel.

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3rd Times The Charm
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pilsenite | 2 Reviews

This was my year...they say 3rd times the charm and it was! My first Chicago marathon was in 2012, 2nd in 2015 and this was my 3rd. My goal since the beginning was to come in below 5 hours. I knew it was in me, but due to injury and getting sick right before race day in years past I never got there.

The weather on marathon Sunday was perfect. The crowd and atmosphere just as perfect. Having my family and my running crew, Three Run Two, out there -- cheering not only me on , but my fellow marathoners -- made my heart burst with love.

I ran with one of my running partners, and although we stopped at several med stations because she was cramping, we were determined to break the 5 hour wall. The med staff...AMAZING!

We did it, 4:57:54. The goal for 2017 - 4:20 or less!

Watch out 2017 #ChiMarathon...i'm coming...better and even stronger!

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Not Applicable.

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One for the Bucket List!
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elwilliamson | 2 Reviews

I wanted a fun race for my first marathon, and Chicago was just that! The course is flat and fast, and goes through some of the most iconic parts of the city. The entire course is lined with people cheering you on! The volunteers are amazing, the weather was amazing, and finishing was amazing! The race is a great event for both experienced and novice marathoners. I definitely plan on running the Chicago marathon again!

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Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Friends/Family.

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Chicago marathon review
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Itsdre22 | 2 Reviews

I've now ran this marathon 4 times. It's a great race with a awesome atmosphere. The late runners could be taken care of bit better but besides that. It's awesome.

Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Rental Property.

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Best race ever
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Nan's | 2 Reviews

To be my first marathon it was great. From the expo to the race. Didn't expect it to be this good been to other expos this one was great. I would do this race again. I'm from Chicago. I always volunteer but this time I got to run it. Hands down Definitely best race !!😊

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Friends/Family.

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Chicago Marathon!
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Leah TWV | 2 Reviews

The whole city comes out to cheer you on! It's so much fun to explore the neighborhoods and be entertained by the singing Elvis at mile 11!!

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26.2 Miles of fun!
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Runner4life | 2 Reviews

This was my 2nd Chicago marathon, my 7th marathon including The NYC marathon, chicago, by far is the most entertaining, well organized, easy to run marathon. This is the 1 marathon I hope to run until I'm 90 or beyond. The city, spectators and runners all come together for one goal and its beyond exciting to see and experience.

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Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Hotel.

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Chicago Marathon - Highly Recommend!
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cjdunc | 2 Reviews

I would highly recommend Chicago Marathon! I thought the race was very well run (no pun intended) and the course was great! I'll definitely be signing up again.

Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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First marathon
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sydney8 | 2 Reviews

This was great for my first race! Also wish there were more bathrooms before the race. It's a nice and flat course and spectators the whole way. The medal and shirt could be improved but overall super happy with the race! The volunteers were so nice and encouraging.

Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Not Applicable.

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Excellent Race Start to Finish
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nicrunsfarr | 2 Reviews

After hearing nothing but positive reviews from friends and teammates that have previously run Chicago, I had high expectations and the entire weekend did not disappoint. From the most organized and efficient packet pick-up (genius!) to the convenience of so many hotels to the start/finish line, and the flat and fast course, this was by far the best overall experience I've had in a marathon to date. The on-course support was amazing, the course itself was excellent, and the post-race festival was a brilliant added touch to celebrate 26.2 miles of achievement. If I had to nit-pick one element, it would be the lack-luster medal. For being a marathon major, I'd expect a little more elegance and something that stands out a bit more.

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Needs some work
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Rungirl | 2 Reviews

For a world marathon and after running other world marathons, i expected better logistics, communications and planning. Not enough time between corralls, expo oddly laid and lack of communication for what to do and where to go before hand. Not enough nutrition, ran out before half of the participants came through

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Great race!
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aijafun | 2 Reviews

This year was my first time running the Chicago marathon. It is a world class race. Amazing scenery and outstanding crowd support! I could not believe that there were supporters at every mile of the marathon! Need more toilets before the race and on the course. Also, getting out after the race was cumbersome. But I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Chicago marathon
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Joanmcraig@gmail.com | 2 Reviews

This was my first year running the Chicago marathon and hopefully not my last! It has aways been on my bucket list of things to do and races to run. It did not disappoint! It truly was a great experience and well orchestrated. This was a city wide event and loved how so many people in the city came out to cheer us on on every street. The only thing that could change is maybe the expo layout. I love Expos and could spend a lot of time and money at them. I understand the reasoning behind having the Nike booth/section right up front. With so many people attending the expo and trying to pick up their packet items having Nikes store/ booth right up front made it really congested. So many people (along with me) wanted to shop in Nike but it was so crowded because of people entering expo and passing through. Other than that, I loved the Chicago marathon and hope to be back next year!

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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BofA Chicago Marathon
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Laurendavis918 | 2 Reviews

Such a great race!

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Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Not Applicable.

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Best marathon
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Jamie73 | 2 Reviews

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Not Applicable.

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A Race for Everyone
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RachelB | 2 Reviews

Since I was a freshman in high school, I told my dad and my sister we were running the Chicago Marathon in 2016 (the year I graduated from college). This race meant more to me than any race before. I was so excited to reach that starting line and GO! From the very first step, I couldn't be happier to there. My dad and my sister (who had raced Chicago multiple times before) told me its an experience unlike any other. They were right. There were multiple times throughout the race I found myself fighting back tears (of joy/amazement). The crowd, the volunteers, the runners, the city... the energy of this race is indescribable. You'll never feel more determined and motivated in your life, even when your legs are cramping up like never before. The best thing about Chicago is it's a race of 40,000 people who come from every type of background. Old, young, beginner runners, and elite runners. This isn't a race that makes you feel out of place, it's a race for everyone. If you're looking to run a race that will change you in a positive way both physically and mentally, I would highly suggest the Chicago Marathon!

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26.2 Miles of Fun!
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RaceThread.com  gracerock | 2 Reviews

This was my second time running Chicago and it won't be my last! There are crowds cheering you on the whole way and you get the best views of the city. The course is pretty flat with a slight uphill in the last .2 mile. I like to think it really makes you earn that post race beer if you sprint up it ;) Everything from the expo to the post race party is exciting and fun for the whole family. The only thing I would comment on as a con would be that because there were so many people, the smashed cups around the aid station that hadn't been pulled away got a little slippery.

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Amazing spectators every step of the way
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Hockeymom | 2 Reviews

Love the energy from Chicago. Well organized and amazing expo is just icing on the cake. This is my third Chicago marathon and I sincerely loved every store of the way to finish line!

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Chicago Marathon
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kohawk2 | 2 Reviews

This was my third year running the Chicago Marathon and its still by far the event I look forward to the most each years.
As a resident of Chicago, I always feel like the event is just a giant tour of my city. As much as I hate running near the United Center, most of the course shows the diversity and beauty of Chicago. There is also nothing like the Chicago Marathon spectators. You never feel more supported. The atmosphere is purely electric.
Every single year though the medal is a giant let down. The three Chicago Marathon medals I have on my shelf right now are arguably the ugliest three I own. They are dull and boring.
ALSO this year it was near impossible to get out of the Post-Race area. I felt totally bottle necked and that I could be trampled under the right circumstances. Seriously needs to be revisted Not a good feeling right after running 26 miles.

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Absolutely loved!
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Rachecopp | 2 Reviews

My first marathon and it was a great super flat course around the entire beautiful city of Chicago! Would 100% recommend.

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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First and not last marathon!
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Julievaneenenaam | 2 Reviews

Fab. First and labor last marathon. Highlight was stopping at mile 13 for a quick stretch out with one of the amazing on course massage therapists.
I was able to finish the second half faster than the first half. Loved the course, the amazing fans and the finish line! The post party is way too crowded for my liking but with 40,000 runners, that's to be expected.

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Great Race
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Wilhelmena | 2 Reviews

I have ran many Chicago marathons, I love this race but I do believe they need to make next years medal a SPECIAL 40th and make it look as such!!!! One more things instead of bananas on miles 22 maybe you should move them maybe to mile 18.. I also just complete Berlin marathon and at every aid stations they had water, their brand of Gatorade, tea, sliced apples and peeled bananas.. JUST SAYING!!!

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Hands down great race!
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RunNJ | 2 Reviews

This was hands down one of the best races I have ever competed in. The expo was extremely well organized, with the shuttle buses flowing seamlessly from the local Hyatt Regency where I boarded.

The organization at the starting line was fantastic. Everything was well marked, and every volunteer I met actually felt like they wanted to be there to help you, unlike other races where they seem lethargic and bummed out about being there.

The course was great, flat and fast. Great # of aid stations, only thing I'd say is add some pretzel stops (always good to have something solid to eat out there). You really do run through what seems like 20+ neighborhoods.

I would run this race again in a heartbeat. There is very little I would change about it. Compared to NYC Marathon, way easier to get to, many many more hotels making it easy to walk to and from the start and finishing lines.

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Tour of Chicago as it should be called
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mikejmoe | 2 Reviews

Absolutely amazing race. It's my city's race, and I can't tell you how proud I am to call this marathon my hometown race! 1.5 million people line the streets and cheer for you to make it to the end. It's an Olympic style marathon, high quality amenities, and an experience you'll never forget.

You must make this race part of your racing schedule very soon!

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Perfect race
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flicker1991 | 2 Reviews

Race was awesome! Well organized, terrific crowds, great atmosphere, charity friendly
Just all around awesome

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My first marathon
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Artisha37 | 2 Reviews

This was much first marathon and it was an awesome experience. The course and crowd support was top notch from beginning to end. Water and Gatorade were plentiful.
I do wish the finishers medals were a bit more elaborate for such an elite world class event. At the finish line, runners had to walk such a long distance to get a final bottle of water, banana, etc after finishing the course and the post race party may as well have been in China. Way too far to walk.
I finished in 5 hours and I like that runners who finished after the 6:30 had times on the official site. Not everyone is an elite runner but all deserve the recognition that comes from completing the course.

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CHI2016 Running1.4.U.
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Running14U | 2 Reviews

Chicago is beautiful! A must see city! My second marathon and first at Chicago. Wonderful, inviting people. Cultural and historical neighborhoods. A must do again in the future! Running 1.4.U. Running for those who can't.

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Post marathon
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Gsoberanis | 2 Reviews

The best in town! But I have to say that Chicago Marathon could do. Better job at their medals, com'on! This years was better, but they have pretty ugly finishing medals compared to my other events. On another note, it was nearly impossible to leave the gated area. All runners where guided to one lane exit, where everyone was standing because of all of the human traffic and friends and family where blocking the exit from the other side. Chicago will always be my top running event, but those two are my least favorites.

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M Jaime Review
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M Jaime | 2 Reviews

Excelente

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Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Hotel.

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2016
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Mary Butler | 2 Reviews

I was so excited to be part of this amazing event! It was action packed for all 26.2 miles! The course was great! The city of Chicago was so pretty! I loved seeing the tall skyscrapers on every corner & was also charmed by the quaintness of every neighborhood we ran thru. The spectators were energizing every step of the way! I'm not really a marathon girl but I am so glad I made it in the lottery pick! I will cherish my medal & my Chicago Marathon experience forever!

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Chicago Matathon 2016
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Susie | 2 Reviews

This race was unforgettable. So well organized, great cool day, flat course, incredible crowd support, and nice t shirt.

My husband and I cannot wait to run it next year.

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Chicago Marathon
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Munguia14 | 2 Reviews

This year was my first time running the chicago marathon and im glad to say it was the best experience of my life! I highly recommend to others to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, running through the streets of chicago with thousands of other runners and reaching the finish line is an experience I will never forget. Cant wait for the 2017 Chicago Marathon!!

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Fantastic race!!
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John markham | 2 Reviews

Chicago is one of, if not the best marathon. The crowd is packed along the route, cheering on all of the runners the entire time. The course is almost entirely flat. The volunteers and workers are incredibly supportive and helpful and everything runs like clockwork. This was my 4th time running Chicago and I really can't think of a single complaint. I guess if I could change one thing, I would like an option to have the packet mailed to me, although going to the expo is always a good time as well.

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First marathon and already my fave
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Runnergirl16 | 2 Reviews

I loved almost everything about this race. The course was interesting and flat, the spectators were amazing and the expo was easy to navigate. My only complaints would be the lack of merchandise at the expo and that some of the roads were in poor condition (uneven or loose gravel)

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My Marathon
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jraices | 2 Reviews

Wonderfull expirience

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Friends/Family.

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Best Marathon Ever!
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Lisac | 2 Reviews

This is my third time running the Chicago Marathon, the feeling of running this race gets better every time! Love everything about it. Best organized race, best volunteers, and best spectators. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to have the time of their life!!

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Chicago Marathon
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SandyErikson | 2 Reviews

This was my second Marathon and my first trip to Chicago! This was such a fun run. There were hundreds of people cheering for the runners in every mile!! As a runner, I never wanted to stop running because the support and encouragement was so great!! Definitely would recommend this to anyone wanting to run their first or 10th marathon. I hope to come back to Chicago and do this again!!

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Chicago Marathon
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Lisah314 | 2 Reviews

Great organization! Amazing crowd support throughout the entire race course. Well organized Expo!

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Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Hotel.

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The best way to tour a city is on foot~
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a_ram9 | 2 Reviews

The Chicago Marathon is one of the World Marathon Majors and the city is unlike most others. The energy literally pulses through runners as we pass the 1 million spectators along the course! It's a flat fast course and before you know it, you're approaching mile 26 and the roar of the stands can be heard over music or even your thoughts. I'd highly recommend this race to any marathoner, especially first timers. It's sure to leave you on a high note!

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Just do it!
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DaveValdez | 2 Reviews

What an amazing race! It was fast and flat. The support was amazing. I kept waiting for a quiet section that I had read about on the blogs. There were fans lined along the whole course! The support from the spectators gave me so much energy!

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Chicago Bank of America marathon
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Tmorales | 2 Reviews

This was my second time running the boa Chicago marathon. This is great for first timers participating because the land is flat and the volunteers and crows are amazing. The crowd and volunteer are really what makes the boa a great and energetic experience. Only downside if the medals are not that great.

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Great Race
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RuninRedSox | 2 Reviews

My only issue was needing more bathrooms at the beginning

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Amazing Race for ALL Levels
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sfisher26 | 2 Reviews

Completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the 3rd straight year...and I didn't think it was possible to love this race anymore than I already do! The race is well organized from the time you register, to when you cross the finish line. It is a relatively flat course and you have the opportunity to see so many different neighborhoods/pockets of Chicago you may not visit otherwise (whether you live in the city or you are a visitor). I would recommend this race to anyone - whether it is your first marathon or your fifteenth. You can't beat it!

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Great Race
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amywhoruns | 2 Reviews

Great race, amazing race expo, the crowds on the course are awesome plus running through all the diverse neighborhoods in Chicago there is something for everyone.

Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Friends/Family.

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Greatest Marathon Experience
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CarrieM | 2 Reviews

This is the 5th time I have run the Chicago Marathon and it NEVER disappoints. This is absolutely the best marathon around. With over 40,000 runners and over 1 million spectators, no runner is every without entertainment or inspiration over the 26.2 miles. While in the past there have been some patches in the last few miles is less fans, this year, every part of the 26.2 miles was filled with fans willing you to the finish!!! This is a great flat and very fast course. Perfect for beginners as well. Will definitely do this again!!!

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Great Race
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Auggie120 | 2 Reviews

This was my first marathong and it was such a great race to be part of. The crowds are amazing and very competitive and friendly atmosphere.

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