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The 44th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its flat and fast course and it is the current women’s world record course.

At the 2019 Chicago Marathon, Brigid Kosgei of Kenya blew away Paula Radcliffe's women’s world marathon record. Radcliffe’s record of 2hr 15min 25sec had stood for 16 years but Kosgei improved it by 1 minute 21 seconds. The race starts and finishes in Grant Park and travels through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course has produced four world records, several national records and countless personal bests.

Runners enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators as they pass through 29 neighbourhoods. Athletes from all 50 states and more than 100 countries travel to Chicago each autumn to experience the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is proud to have welcomed more than 900,000 runners across its finish line since the event’s founding in 1977.

Chicago is more than just a big city. It’s a city of neighbourhoods and people that represent vibrant and diverse backgrounds and cultures. Every October, runners travel to Chicago to experience this incredible city by running through it at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The Chicago Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in the world and sells out every year. Destination Sport Experiences is an official tour operator for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Only tour operators that are part of the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon International Tour Program have access to guaranteed entries.

 

What you get with Destination Sport Experiences?  

Destination Sport Experiences 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon package includes the following:

 

  • Your hotel in Chicago for 3 nights - longer durations available contact us for a quote
  • Hotel taxes
  • Support and guidance from Destination Sport Experiences in Chicago
  • Guided easy orientation run (Saturday morning)
  • Guidance of visit to Expo for race bib collection
  • Detailed travel itinerary
  • Packages are financially covered by ABTA

 

Also available

 

Option to buy guaranteed entry for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon at £375 per entry

Runners from all nationalities may purchase race entry in addition to the accommodation package except residents of USA.

Your Itinerary

ITINERARY

Depending on the length of stay you have booked with us you might arrive before or depart on different days to the following itinerary. The itinerary below reflects the 3 nights package

Friday 7th October : Arrival Day

Make your own arrangements to arrive at your hotel in Chicago today. Usually, hotel rooms are ready to check in after 4pm. If you arrive early, then you can leave your luggage with the hotel and explore your surroundings while you wait for the room to be ready.

Our hotel

We are staying at the at Renaissance Chicago Downtown. Ideally situated on the South Loop of downtown Chicago, our hotel is just one block from the CIBC Theatre, located near Millennium Park, Willis Tower and only 15/20 minutes walk to Grant Park (race start and finish area). 

What about my race bib collection?

Collect your bib from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo which features over 100 exhibitors offering Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. Additionally, the Health & Fitness Expo is the home of the participant packet pick-up for all Marathon participants. Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the two-day Expo is free and open to the public.

Location of Expo

McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

Friday - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Your Entry Pack includes:

  • Bib number* and safety pins
  • MYLAPS BibTag timing device
  • Gear check tag
  • Nike participant running shirt
  • Participant bag

Registered participants age 21 and over will receive a tag on their bib number redeemable for one Goose Island beer following the race.

Packet pick-up is located at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, McCormick Place. Participants must present their packet pick-up email along with a photo ID to receive their participant packet and participant bag.

You must pick up your participant packet and participant bag in person at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. These items (participant packets, bags and running shirts) will not be available for pickup on race day and will not be mailed. Individuals will not be allowed to pick up these items on behalf of others.

Bibs will be assigned on-demand. This means that you will not be assigned a race number until you pick up your bib at the Experience.

How do I contact Destination Sport Experiences Team during my stay?

Destination Sport Experiences staff with local knowledge of Chicago and the race will be available at certain times in the reception area of the hotel. Times and contact numbers will be provided with your final documents and itinerary.

The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy Chicago at your leisure.

Saturday 8th October, 2022 :  Preparation day with optional orientation run

After breakfast the Destination Sport Experiences Team invite all our runners to join us for an easy run. The route will take you from your hotel to the start finish area and surrounds and is not expected to be longer than 5km. Supporters are very welcome to join too. 

After the warm up run we will then take an escorted trip to the marathon expo, for anybody who is yet to visit to collect their race bib and pack.

NB: There is an organised race that takes place which you can choose to take part in. To register for and learn more about the Abbott Chicago 5K visit chicago5K.com.

Race bib collection

If you didn’t collect your bib yesterday, please do so today. There is no possibility of bib collection on race day.

The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy Chicago at your leisure.

Sunday 9th October, 2022 : Race Day

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon starts in Grant Park. Our hotel is an easy 15 minutes walk away.

Download the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon course map here

Marathon Wheelchair Start (men): 7:20 a.m.

Marathon Wheelchair Start (women): 7:21 a.m.

Marathon Handcycle Start: 7:23 a.m.

Wave 1 Start (red): 7:30 a.m.

Wave 2 Start (blue): 8 a.m.

Wave 3 Start (orange): 8:35 a.m.

Spectator access to Grant Park begins: 9:30 a.m.

After you finish, simply walk the short distance back to the hotel.

Monday 10th October, 2022 : Departure Day

Unless you have booked extra nights with us then today, we ask that you check out of your room before 12 noon, and we say thank you for joining us. It’s not goodbye but instead we’ll see you next time as we hope you will join us for another Destination Sport Experience.

Need to Know

How to book

To make your booking, click on the orange button at the top of the page, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.

Payments

When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically. The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.

Travel advice

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for USA’s current entry restrictions and requirements. Advice for the UK is available here - USA travel advice

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events in the USA.

Conditions of Sale

Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package and we cannot sell to residents of USA.

Covid-19 restrictions and Race Rules

All race rules and procedures need to be followed. 

Starting Pens and Bib Numbers

Although we are licensed to sell official entries for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we have no influence over the allocation of starting times and bib numbers.

Closer to the event we will send you a link which will allow you to complete the registration process for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Once you have finalised the registration process, the race organisers will allocate you a starting time and bib based on the information provided.

Please find event information here

Abbott Chicago 5K - book with chicago5K.com

The Abbott Chicago 5K takes place on Saturday October 8 and is the perfect way for marathoners, fans of the sport and friends and family to experience Chicago and take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weekend. The 3.1-mile course previews a section of the Chicago Marathon as it weaves past iconic downtown landmarks. The race kicks off in Grant Park and finishes on LaSalle St. near the Chicago Board of Trade. In recognition of each runner’s participation on race day, the event will make a two-dollar donation to the American Diabetes Association for every participant who crosses the finish line.

Whether you’re running the Chicago Marathon or looking to be part of the excitement of race weekend, we invite you to join us for the Abbott Chicago 5K. Don’t miss your opportunity to run through the streets of downtown Chicago and celebrate running in a world-class city, on Saturday, October 8!. 

To register for and learn more about the Abbott Chicago 5K visit chicago5K.com.

Public Health

Event organizers are working with the City of Chicago, including the Chicago Department of Public Health, to provide a safe and enjoyable race weekend experience for all event attendees. Event guidance and/or requirements will be in line with local and state coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines. We recognize guidance is likely to change between now and the 2022 race. For this reason, like 2021, the event will provide specific guidelines to registered participants in the lead up to race weekend.

Please stay up-to-date on the latest news and guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and your local and national authorities.

Training Plan

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon offers an official 18-week training program developed by Nike Coaches. The program is made to be adaptive to all runners and customized to fit in with your daily schedule and needs. For more information and to download the program, please visit the Training & nutrition page.

Course time limit

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes. After this time, the course will re-open to vehicular traffic. You must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace (approximately) or faster, completing the full marathon distance—start line to finish line—within the event time requirement. Those who finish outside of the time limit will not be recorded as official finishers and may not receive full on-course support from aid stations and traffic safety personnel.

World Athletics Platinum Label

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is recognized as a Platinum Label event by World Athletics, the world’s governing body for athletics. Platinum, gold, silver and bronze labels are given each year to road races that satisfy a number of important criteria concerning the organizational standards for an event, course measurement, safety and medical standards and media services. To learn more about World Athletics and Road Race Label Events visit worldathletics.org

Location

Welcome to Chicago

Voted the best big city in the USA for a fifth year in a row (Condé Nast Traveler readers) Chicago, also known as the ‘Windy city’ has such much to see and do.

Chicago is renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Famous for its bold architecture, skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. There is something for everyone; zip around the sights and inner city green parks on a Segway or bicycle. Kayak on Lake Michigan or simply chill and gaze out across the freshwater lake from one of the many eateries along the lake shore.

But Chicago is more than just a big city. It’s a city of neighbourhoods and people that represent vibrant and diverse backgrounds and cultures. Every October, runners travel to Chicago to experience this incredible city by running through it at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon starts and finishes in Grant Park. To stay close to the start as we do allows you to walk to the start without stress or reliance on transport.

Time Zone

Chicago is on Central Standard Time (GMT minus 6 hours during daylight saving time and minus 5 hours the rest of the year).

Visas

Please do not use any other website to apply for your ESTA than the official website. You will just be charged more than what you need to pay. Fee for application should only be $14.00 USD.

Visitors to Chicago from outside the United States need a visa to enter the country. The UK and other countries are part of a Visa Waiver programme called the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Before you travel to the US, you must have a Visa or an ESTA, otherwise you will not be able to travel. More information can be found here

US Customs and Border Protection

Waiting times at the US border can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on time of day, how many flights land at the same time plus any restrictions that maybe in place. US Customs officers are trained to be inquisitive and suspicious. All you can do to prepare is to have all your documentation handy. More information on what to expect can be found here

Local Laws

The drinking age in Chicago—and throughout the United States—is 21. Open containers cannot be taken outside drinking-establishment premises. Consuming alcohol while traveling in a vehicle is illegal for both drivers and passengers. It is also illegal to transport alcohol with a broken seal. Smoking as well as “vaping” or the use of e-cigarettes, vape pens, and e-hookahs is prohibited in enclosed public places, and within 15 feet of the entrance of these establishments. 

Using your phone

There are two ways to use your smartphone in the US: you can either roam on a UK-based SIM card or you can buy a new US-based SIM card upon your arrival in the States. Check with your network provider before you go as you maybe able to pay a bit extra to have peace of mind without getting hit with a bill on your return. Emergencies (police, fire or ambulance): 911 

Money

In New York City and throughout the United States, the US dollar is the standard currency. Credit cards are widely used and ATMS are plentiful. 

Safety

As with any city, please exercise common sense and take reasonable precautions to protect your personal safety plus your belongings. Always make sure that you have adequate travel insurance, declare pre-existing medical conditions and make sure that your insurance covers you for all the activities that you will undertake whilst you are in the USA. Only ever use licensed taxis and if you are ever unsure it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your hotel concierge should be able to help you with any questions or concerns. A useful resource is 311, the City’s official government services and information hotline. 

Getting there

If you’re coming from outside the United States, check this page for visa information. Below you can find some information on the best ways to get to Chicago:

Airports

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) both offer easy access to downtown Chicago by using taxis, buses, subways and/or commuter trains. O'Hare is one of the busiest airports in the country, with many airlines flying to and from its four terminals. By comparison, Midway is much smaller, with just one main terminal with three concourses. O'Hare is most likely where you'll go, although Midway does offer some international flights. 

O’Hare International Airport

It’s located at just 16 miles from Downtown Chicago. There are various ways to get to Chicago from O’Hare:

Taxis charge a $59 - $64 not including tolls and tips. Don’t worry if the cab driver doesn’t put the metre on as this is a flat non-metered fee. There are some other charges levied on top which will add up to about $100 in the end so expect to pay about that. Surcharges are things like a $4.50 rush-hour surcharge, bridge and tunnel tolls, and a tip. It takes up to 55 minutes to get to Brooklyn, depending on traffic and road conditions

Take the Subway train and you can get to Downtown Chicago on the Blue line in 40 minutes. More information can be found here.  

Getting around the City

Apart from running, Chicago is also great for walking. By walking everywhere you will really get a feel for the place and you’ll feel the buzz of this great city. If you are ever in a hurry or you need to travel a bit further, you can use the subway, buses and of course taxis. 

Trains and Buses

Buy yourself a Ventra Card and you will have access to trains and buses. You can buy your fare (loaded onto a Ventra Card or just a quick, disposable ticket) with cash or card from vending machines at both airport stations The most up-to-date information on Ventra Card and where to purchase can be found here. Alternatively you can buy a 1,3,7 day CTA pass.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) transit tips

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers an economical and convenient way to get to and from the Health & Fitness Expo. Learn more about CTA fares and transit directions to McCormick Place.

Visit transitchicago.com for information on CTA fares and transit directions to McCormick Place.

Taxis

All taxis are metered and rates depend of the service and time of the day (weekday, weekend, festivity). Please take in mind that trips from and to O’Hare or Midway Airports have an additional USD $ 1.00 fee. An average fare from O’Hare to downtown Chicago is around $24 to $40. Prices do not include tip. 

Some taxis offer a shared ride service too. Check directly at the airport in case you are interested. Taxis are located at the lower level of each terminal at O’Hare Airport, outside the Baggage Claim Area. Taxis run through Chicago and the suburban areas. It is recommended to pick up a licensed taxi and not to accept taxi rides outside the taxi rank or from the Departures level. Traffic jams and delays are a common issue to deal with, since traffic in Chicago is always hectic. Our recommendation is to use the trains.

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  • Renaissance Chicago Downtown

    1 Wacker Drive Chicago USA 60601

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    Renaissance Chicago is a stunning 4* hotel located just 15/20 minutes walk from the marathon start/finish area in Grant Park. It is the perfect fit for those looking for a comfortable and worry-free trip.  Located steps from the Theatre District, the award-winning hotel will enthrall you from the moment you arrive until the day you say your goodbyes, with thoughtful amenities and world-class service. From the rooftop bar or 2nd floor lounge you can relax and take in the breathtaking views of the Chicago River and skyline skyline  With the following dining options, you’ll never have to leave: VIP R Lounge, Artist Studio, Coffee Bar and Library. All guest rooms boast private bathroom and contemporary amenities, including flat-screen TV, spacious work desks and luxurious beds.

    WiFi is available at a reduced rate of $1 per day per room (discounted from $14.95 per day for our guests). Payable to the hotel directly during your stay. 

    Twin = 2 queen beds 

    Double = 1 king bed

    Triple = 2 queen beds

     

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Gym
    • City Centre Location

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