Iconic Race Celebrates 35th Anniversary on Sunday, October 7
CHICAGO – Registration for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will open to the public beginning at noon (CST) on Wednesday, February 1, at www.chicagomarathon.com. The 35th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held on Columbus Day weekend, Sunday, October 7, starting and finishing in Chicago’s Grant Park. Registration will be open to the first 45,000 entrants.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, and is one of the five World Marathon Majors. Each year, the event delivers a fast course and a first-class race experience, as well as builds upon a long-standing tradition of supporting the Chicagoland economy and more than 160 nonprofit organizations which raise funds to advance local, national and global causes.
The cost of entry into the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is $150 for U.S. participants and $175 for participants outside of the U.S. Registration will close when the participant capacity of 45,000 is reached. More information on the race, registration and how to get involved is available at www.chicagomarathon.com.
In its 35th year and a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 participants, including a world-class elite runner and wheelchair field, and an estimated 1.7 million spectators. As a result of its national and international draw, each year, the iconic race assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes while generating $170 million in economic impact to its host city according to a report by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (R.E.A.L.). The 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will start and finish in Chicago’s Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. In advance of the race, a two-day Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6.