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.
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. Active.com, 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.
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 www.chicagomarathon.com.