CHICAGO — While the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a little over three days away, there are a few things locals should know in advance about this year’s repeat of the race, including road closures beginning as early as Thursday morning.
starting line: Grant Park, intersection of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street
finish line: Grant Park, on Columbus Drive south of Balbo Drive
Start time: October 9th (Sunday) at 7:20am CST
The Chicago Marathon starts in waves, with the first wave leaving the start line at 7:20 am CST (men’s wheelchair race). A minute later, the women’s wheelchair race starts, followed by the hand cyclers (7:23 a.m.), the red group (7:30 a.m.), the blue group (8:00 a.m.) and the orange group (8:35 a.m.) for the degree off.
Spectators will be allowed into Grant Park from 9:30am, but there will be many other areas along the marathon route where this year’s runners can be cheered on (course reference map, cheering zones below).
Race day road closures begin at 7:00am with parking restrictions. However, other Chicago streets will be closed as early as Thursday to allow for the establishment and construction of racetracks.
On Thursday, Columbus Drive from Roosevelt to Ida B. Wells will be closed beginning at 4 a.m. and then Friday at 4 a.m., the same closure from Thursday morning extends to Monroe and remains closed through Sunday night.
Randolph to Monroe on Columbus Drive is closed Saturday from 6:00 am until Sunday noon.
Duration of the marathon/when traffic resumes:
Under Chicago Marathon rulebook, the longest course time allowed for participants is 6 1/2 hours (15-minute mile splits or faster), which means traffic across the city resumed at 3:05 p.m. from the last official start time recording is at 8:35 am
Cheer Zones are designated areas (some with their own themes) where spectators can cheer for runners at the conclusion of the Chicago Marathon. Here are some of them with their locations.
Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle – 8K
Bank of America Chicago 13.1 Cheer Zone – Mile Marker 13.1 (midway)
Charity Block Party – Milestone 15
Bank of America Cheer Zone – Mile Marker 26 (walk 0.2 miles)
Local community groups have also organized their own cheer zones throughout the course. Visit this link for a running list of organizations and their locations.
For more information on this year’s Chicago Marathon, visit the event’s website here.
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