FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Registration Closes
as Race Reaches 45,000 Participant Capacity
Limited Number of Entries Available Through Charities and Tour Groups
CHICAGO, IL (April 23, 2009) - Open registration for the 2009 Bank of
America Chicago Marathon officially closed today as 45,000 participants
have signed on to complete the 26.2-mile race, marking the event's
established capacity. A limited number of entries remain available through
affiliated charities and tour groups.
"It is great to see the continued commitment from runners across the globe
who registered for this race more than six months in advance," said Bank of
America Illinois Market President Tim Maloney. "We're pleased to match
their enthusiasm with our continued commitment to host the Bank of America
Chicago Marathon in world-class fashion."
More than 70 of the race's affiliated charities have entries remaining for
participants still looking for a way into this year's field. By registering
through a charity, runners simultaneously become members of a fundraising
effort that annually generates in excess of $10 million for more than 100
charitable causes. Interested individuals can visit chicagomarathon.com for
details regarding late registration options through affiliated charitable
Chicago Marathon hopefuls living outside the U.S. also have the option to
secure an entry via a number of tour operators offering travel packages
that include registration to the 2009 race. All information regarding these
offerings is available at chicagomarathon.com.
Registration for the 32nd running of the Chicago Marathon opened to the
public on Feb. 1 and was met with continued enthusiasm from the
international running community. Individuals from across the country and
around the world signed up to compete in the World Marathon Majors race
that annually generates an estimated $140 million economic impact to the
City of Chicago.
The 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will start and finish in
Chicago's Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11. In advance
of the race, a two-day Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick
Place on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10. More information on
the race, remaining registration options and how to get involved is
available at the event Web site, chicagomarathon.com.