Photos: Chicago

By November 9, 2017Photography

We went to Chicago so that my partner could race with 45,000 other marathoners in the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The Chicago Marathon is a marathon held yearly in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Alongside the BostonNew YorkLondonBerlin, and Tokyo Marathons, it is one of the six World Marathon MajorsThus, it is also an IAAF Gold Label race. The Chicago Marathon is the fourth-largest race by number of finishers worldwide.

The October 8, 2017 running was the 40th anniversary of the race. The first race was held on September 25, 1977 under the original name the Mayor Daley Marathon, which drew a field of 4,200 runners. The race has been held every year since, except in 1987 when only a half-marathon was run. It is among the fastest growing marathon road races in the world, due in part to its largely fast and flat course which facilitates the pursuit of personal records and world record performances. The race has achieved its elite status among marathons by developing relationship with sponsors who provide prize money to lure elite runners who have produced American and world record performances. Since 2008 the race has been sponsored by Bank of America, and is officially known as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The race is limited to 45,000 runners and only runners who finish within 6½ hours are officially timed. Those wishing to participate can register after either meeting a time qualifying standard or being selected through a general lottery.

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