The Chicago Marathon is one of the most popular races in the world, and subsequently, the demand for one of the 40,000-plus bibs is sky high.

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Guaranteed Entries

Applications for guaranteed entries will be accepted from March 8 until 2 p.m. on April 12, 2016. Guaranteed entries are extended under the following criteria:

Legacy finishers: Runners who have finished the Chicago Marathon at least five times between 2006 and 2015 can get guaranteed entry in 2016.

Time qualifier: Men who have run a verifiable sub-3:15 marathon and women who have run a verifiable sub-3:45 marathon after Jan. 1, 2014 can get guaranteed entry.

2015 deferments: For those who completed the process to defer their 2015 entry.

Charity program runners: For those who opt to run and fundraise for one of the official charity partners.

International Tour Group runners: For international runners who opt to join a tour group (more information to come on this option).

Non-Guaranteed Entries

For those who don’t qualify for guaranteed entry, you can apply for the lottery. Applications are accepted from March 15 through April 12 at 2 p.m. CT, with a random lottery to be conducted after that.

Entry fees for U.S. residents are $185, and for non-residents it’s $210.

The Chicago Marathon first initiated a lottery in 2014 due to high demand. That year, more than 70,000 runners applied, with more than 40,000 getting a bib that year. The race is one of the largest marathons in the world and one out of six World Marathon Major races.

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