Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015; 8 a.m. start
Course: Flat and fast, the start and finish is in Grant Park. The looped-course through the city offers numerous opportunities for spectators to catch the action.
Weather: The Windy City can be just that or it could be a chamber of commerce perfect day. Expect anything and everything from temperatures in the low 40s F at the start to upper 70s at the finish. The average high and low is 64 and 46 degrees F in October.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has changed to a lottery drawing for runners looking to participate in the marathon. As part of the change in the entry process they have also revised the way that tour operators can provide guaranteed entry into the event and have doubled the cost of the race entries we are able to provide. Information regarding guaranteed entry for 2015 is still pending as of January 21, 2015.
The following information is only applicable to the policy on guaranteed entry with a travel package through Marathon Tours in 2014 (the 2015 policy has not been confirmed as of 1/21/15 and is subject to change from the details below):
Marathon Tours & Travel will only be able to offer guaranteed entry during the lottery timeframe of 12:00pm CST March 19 through 12:00pm CST April 7, 2014, for a cost of $520.00 USD (including all processing fees. Please note that Marathon Tours office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm ET, Monday - Friday)
Once the lottery closes on April 7, 2014 at 12:00pm CST, we will not be able to provide entry into the event. Should you choose to secure your entry with Marathon Tours & Travel, do not submit your name into the lottery process to avoid being charged for two entries. The race entry fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable once confirmed.
Entry can only be confirmed when booked with a minimum two (2) night hotel stay at one of our available hotels. Entry only is not available. Booking your hotel and entry is a two-step process. First, you can make your hotel reservation online at: www.marathontours.com/chicago-marathon. Please be sure to select guest type “Book Hotel & Entry”.
Once you confirm your hotel through our online system I will then follow up with an email that will include information regarding the race entry process. Please allow 24 – 48 business hours for a response.
For anyone that is able to obtain an entry though the lottery process or by being a time qualifier you are still eligible to book your hotel reservations through Marathon Tours & Travel at our discounted rates at anytime by going to: www.marathontours.com/chicago-marathon. Please be sure to select guest type “Book Hotel Only”.