On the heels of this years’ Chicago Marathon comes the announcement that the application process for the 2018 edition is just around the corner. Beginning Oct. 24, runners can begin submitting applications for the 41st edition of the race.

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What Type Of Applicant Are You?

There are both guaranteed and non-guaranteed application processes; with qualifications as follows (as outlined by race officials in a release):

Guaranteed entry opportunities:

  • Time qualifiers who have met the event’s age graded qualifying standards or qualify for the event’s American Development Program.
  • Legacy finishers who have completed the Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years.
  • Runners who cancelled their 2017 entry through the event deferment opportunity.
  • Charity runners who are fundraising for an official charity as part of the Chicago Marathon Charity Program.
  • International runners (non-U.S.) participating in the official International Tour Group Program.
  • Runners who have completed the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K four or more times since 2008 and have signed up for the 2018 Shamrock Shuffle.


Non-guaranteed entry:

Runners who do not qualify for a guaranteed entry can apply for the non-guaranteed entry drawing. The event will select names from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applicants and notify runners of their selection status on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

“The Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to be one of most prestigious marathons in the world. We are proud of our history as a race that welcomes runners—from the debut runner to the charity runner to the world class elite—to our beautiful city,” said Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski in a release. “After celebrating 40 years with more than 43,000 runners crossing the finish line in Grant Park, we are excited to ring in 41 years in 2018.”

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Important Dates To Remember

If you meet the qualifications for guaranteed entry, you can apply between Oct. 24 and Nov. 30. All runners who are seeking non-guaranteed entry can begin the application process on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and also have through Nov. 30 to submit an application. The cost of an entry is $195 for United States residents and $220 for those residing outside of the United States.