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It was such a festival and you could feel how Chicago really welcomed the runners. It is a wonderful race for any first timers." — Mona

Run through Chicago with Team Challenge and elite runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 of the United States to compete on the world stage that is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon one of the six world marathon major races. This is a great race for both experienced runners looking for a PR and beginners who want an easier first time experience. Enjoy a flat and fast course and cool fall climate while running through 29 Chicago communities and experiencing the diverse cultures, historic buildings and residences, renowned architecture, and vibrant murals that make the Chicago Marathon a world-renowned race destination. And, there are enthusiastic spectators along the entire 26.2 miles stretch which completes the race day experience. Race day is October 8, 2017.