Bank of America Chicago Marathon
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. This world famous marathon event caps out at 45,000 every year and gives everyday runners the opportunity to race alongside (well, more accurately slightly behind) some of the world's top athletes.
The race is known for its fast and flat course making it a regular PR target for amateur and professional runners alike. You won't be stuck for motivation either, as over 1.7 million people usually line the streets to watch the course and cheer on race participants!
The Chicago Marathon course starts and finishes in Grant Park. Runners begin by heading north, then loop back and head into the city. Overall participants end up running through a total of 29 different neighbourhoods over the course of the race. Hills are not an issue with no major elevation changes. Wind and weather can be a factor on this course from year to year.