Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2014 Lottery Opens

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Chicago on marathon morning in 2009. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Want to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2014 on October 12? If you don’t have a guaranteed entry, it’s time to register for the race’s new lottery.

The lottery opens Wednesday, March 19 at 12 p.m. Central, and will remain open until Monday, April 7 at 12 p.m. Central. Unlike years past, it is not first come, first served. Runners 16 years or older on race day can apply any time during that period. Runners will be notified if they are selected via e-mail on Monday, April 14.

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The 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Photo: By Steven Dahlman/

If you don’t want to vie for a spot through the random draw, guaranteed entries are available via the race’s charity and international tour programs both during and after the lottery period. About 10,000 charity and 2,000 tour runners will gain entry this way.

Runners who meet the qualifying time standards of 3:15 for men and 3:45 for women can also nab a guaranteed spot, as can legacy runners who have finished the Chicago Marathon five or more times between 2004 and 2013. Those bibs must also be claimed during the lottery period.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2014 lottery comes a year after technical difficulties halted the race’s registration process., the race’s registration vendor, crashed when runners rushed the site to sign up for the 2013 race. About 25,000 of the marathon’s 40,000 spots had been filled. The race turned to a lottery to field the remains bibs.

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The Chicago Marathon finish. (Photo: Public Domain)

I chronicled the snafu in an op-ed arguing why the race should move to a lottery, after the Marine Corps Marathon experienced similar problems (Marine Corps Marathon Shows Lotteries Are Best). I ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2009. You can read about my experiences in The Chicago Marathon: A Run Down Memory Lane and The Chicago Marathon: Homecoming Run.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2014 is capped at 45,000 runners. Registration fees are $185 for U.S. residents and $210 for runners coming from abroad. Runners will only be charged if and when they are selected in the random draw.

For more information, or to register visit

Steven Dahlman’s photo of the Chicago Marathon is used under a Creative Commons license.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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  1. 1

    So tempting. But no 26.2 for me in 2014. That was my deal. I’m all about it next year though. :)
    Jen Correa @ Mom’s Gotta Run recently posted..Shamrock Half Marathon WeekendMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      I hear ya. I took 2011 off from marathons. Sometimes you just need a break.

    • 3

      Hi Jen,

      We thought we would reach out and see if you would like to run the Let’s Go Haiti (LGH) Marathon and Half in Haiti.

      We wish we could have reached out to you and other runners in a different way, but this is our only way to invite you to take this Haiti challenge.

      If you are interested please visit the following link for more information.

      In the meantime, continue with your workout.

      Happy trails to you.

      Team LGH Marathon

  2. 4

    I am registering in 45 min with guaranteed entry! I am so excited.
    Krissy @ Shiawase Life recently posted..Tomorrow, we register.My Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      Awesome! I suspect you might get that BQ in Boston. That’s where my husband got his first one.

  3. 6

    I wish I could run the Chicago Marathon! It’s definitely on the bucket list. I probably won’t have the time to train for a full in the next few years… Dental school is going to eat up my life.
    Jojo @ RunFastEatLots recently posted..The Story Behind My Blog NameMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      I totally hear you. I went to school, worked AND trained for a marathon at the same time. It’s not easy at all! You’re smarter to wait and keep your life more sane!

  4. 8

    This race is on my bucket list, just not this year. Maybe next, who knows. I’m glad they went to lottery but with some guaranteed entries, I think it was the smarter way to go. I’m still baffled at the cost of races these days. Chicago is more than Boston!
    Laura @losingrace recently posted..Johnny’s 5-Mile RaceMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      Races just keep getting more expensive! Cities are starting to charge more for permits, police etc., and as race fields gets bigger logistics get crazier. Chicago is more expensive than MCM too. But still a lot cheaper than NYC, which is the only one that’s bigger.