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Ever since it began in 1977, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has become a world-class marathon attracting both locals and top runners from around the world! For this year’s race, Sunday, October 7, 45,000 participants registered in a record six days—so unfortunately, it sold out for participants wanting to sign up. Don’t worry, though! That doesn’t mean you don’t have to miss out on the fun! The very first Chicago Marathon was also known as “The people’s race anyone can come and enjoy,” and this still holds true today.

The fun will begin Thursday, October 5 with a two-day, free-to-the-public Health and Fitness Expo at McCormick Place Convention Center. With more than 200 exhibitors, the expo will offer Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. After that, plant yourself along the 26.2-mile course throughout the city, and cheer on your favorite runner, or just cheer on the masses!

And when the race ends in Grant Park, celebrate victory (either yours or someone else’s) with the 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Grant Park’s Butler Field! The outdoor party will have tons of food, beverages and live entertainment. Plus, it’s free to the public!

Not able to see the marathon in person? NBC Chicago will provide complete live TV and online coverage of the marathon on race day. Enjoy the marathon in the comforts of your own room at Broughton Hotels of Chicago – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!


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