35th Chicago Marathon Sells Out

2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sells Out in Record Time
Registration Officially Closed Today in a Record Six Days; Limited Number of Entries Still Available through the Charity Program

– Registration for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon closed in
record time today as the maximum 45,000 participants signed up in six
days for the 35th anniversary event. Demand to run the iconic race has
increased significantly in recent years, closing 25 days faster than the
previous record established last year. A decade ago, the 2003 event
closed in 35 weeks.

“Enthusiasm to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is at an
all-time high with record breaking interest, and we plan to match that
level of enthusiasm by providing participants with a first-class race
experience at the 35th anniversary event,” said Bank of America Chicago
and Illinois Market President Tim Maloney. “Bank of America is proud to
create opportunity for 45,000 passionate runners to achieve their goals
on race day and to deliver a world class event that has a profound
economic and charitable impact on the Chicago community and beyond each

Entry into the sold-out event can still be obtained through the Bank of
America Chicago Marathon Charity Program, which has generated more than
$70 million for local, national and global causes since its inception in
2002. More than 90 affiliated nonprofits have available entries for the
2012 race. Visit www.chicagomarathon.com for charity program details and information on how to register by joining a charity team.

“What a way to begin the 35th anniversary Bank of America Chicago
Marathon with our field filling up in record time. It is truly a
testament to the first-class experience we provide to each and every
runner on the streets of Chicago,” said Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. “This marks the start of an
exciting journey for the participants, as well as for our partners in
the community, the City of Chicago, our sponsors and our volunteers.
Staging the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a team effort, and we’re
excited to work together to put on a stellar event on October 7 for
everyone involved.”

About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
In its 35th year and a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of
America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 participants,
including a world-class elite runner and wheelchair field, and an
estimated 1.7 million spectators. As a result of its national and
international draw, each year, the iconic race assists in raising
millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes while generating
$170 million in economic impact to its host city according to a report
by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Regional Economics
Applications Laboratory (R.E.A.L.). The 2012 Bank of America Chicago
Marathon will start and finish in Chicago’s Grant Park beginning at 7:30
a.m. on Sunday, October 7. In advance of the race, a two-day Health
& Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on
Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6.


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