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2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Registration Closes

as Race Reaches 45,000 Participant Capacity in Record Time

 

Limited Number of Entries Available Through Charities and Tour Groups

 

CHICAGO, IL (March 23, 2010) ÌÄ®ÕÌ ‘ÌĉÛʒ娠å¼
Open registration for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
officially closed today as 45,000 participants have signed up in record
time to complete the 26.2-mile race. The capacity was met in 51 days,
closing a full month ahead of 2009’s record pace. A limited number of
entries remain available through affiliated charities and tour groups
for the October 10 race.

 

“The
enthusiasm displayed for this race from runners around the world is one
of the primary reasons we are so pleased to continue leading this
33-year tradition,” said Bank of America Chicago and Illinois Market
President Tim Maloney. “It is an honor to provide such a unique
opportunity for the determined, passionate and driven individuals who
register as well as setting a global stage upon which the color and
vibrancy of this great city can be displayed.”

 

More than
85 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 $10 million for more than
120 charitable causes. Interested individuals can visit
chicagomarathon.com for details regarding late registration options
through affiliated charitable organizations.

 

“This
record rate of registration illustrates the growing popularity of the
sport and our race in particular based on our 33-year tradition, but we
are also hearing excitement for the historic date of 10/10/10 which
adds a unique thrill this year,” said Executive Race Director Carey
Pinkowski. “The demand that remains to get into this race will be a
tremendous benefit to our charity partners and has the capacity to
break our record of $10 million dollars in total funds raised.”

 

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 2010 race. All information regarding
these offerings is available at chicagomarathon.com.

 

A member of the World Marathon
Majors, the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will start and finish
in Chicago’s Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 10,
welcoming runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. As a
result, it generates more than $140 million in economic impact to the
city, according to an academic study, and more than $10 million for
charities. In advance of the race, a two-day Health & Fitness Expo
will be held at McCormick Place on Friday, October 8 and Saturday,
October 9. More information on the race, remaining registration options
and how to get involved is available at chicagomarathon.com.

www.chicagomarathon.com

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