Chicago Marathon Closes Out at 45,000 Entrants

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)
ÌÄ®Õå¨ å¼ 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.


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.”


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 for details regarding late registration options
through affiliated charitable organizations.


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


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.


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, 

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