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Chicago Marathon
Bank of America Chicago Marathon Logo.svg
Logo for the Chicago Marathon.
DateOctober 7, 2012
LocationChicago, United States
Event typeroad
DistanceMarathon
Established1977
Course recordsM: 2:04:38 (2012 – Tsegaye Kebede)
F: 2:17:18 (2002 – Paula Radcliffe)
Official sitewww.chicagomarathon.com
 
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Chicago Marathon
Bank of America Chicago Marathon Logo.svg
Logo for the Chicago Marathon.
DateOctober 7, 2012
LocationChicago, United States
Event typeroad
DistanceMarathon
Established1977
Course recordsM: 2:04:38 (2012 – Tsegaye Kebede)
F: 2:17:18 (2002 – Paula Radcliffe)
Official sitewww.chicagomarathon.com

The Chicago Marathon (branded Bank of America Chicago Marathon for sponsorship reasons and formerly the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon) is a major marathon held yearly in Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Alongside the Boston, New York, London and Berlin Marathons, it is one of the five World Marathon Majors.[1] Thus, it is also an IAAF Gold Label race. The October 7, 2012 running was the 35th anniversary of the race.[2] The first race was held on September 25, 1977 under the original name the Mayor Daley Marathon, which drew a field of 4200 runners. The race has been held every year since, except in 1987 when only a half-marathon was run.[3][4][5] It is among the fastest growing marathon road races in the world, due in part to its largely fast and flat course which facilitates the pursuit of personal records and world record performances.[6] The race has achieved its elite status among marathons by developing relationship with sponsors who provide prize money to lure elite runners who have produced American and world record performances.

There is no qualifications required to participate in the Chicago Marathon, but only runners who finish within 6½ hours are officially timed.[6] The race is limited to 45,000 runners on a first-come, first-served basis.[2] Although the race has limited registration, exceptions include elite runners and charity representatives. Increasingly, local (e.g., Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital), national (e.g., American Cancer Society) and global (e.g., Global Business Assist, British Red Cross, Asha for Education, World Vision) charities and humanitarian organizations encourage sponsored participation in the event as a means of fund raising.[7][8]

The 2008 marathon featured a new sponsor name in Bank of America, (as Bank of America acquired LaSalle Bank in 2007).[9] Some 37,455 runners completed the 2012 Chicago Marathon.[2]

Contents

History

The former logo before the current sponsor

The first marathon at the 1896 Games of the I Olympiad generated interest in the sport which led to similar races throughout most western countries and across the United States. While marathons sporadically occurred in New York City and St. Louis,[10] the Boston Marathon had established an annual marathon in 1897, soon to be followed by Chicago.[11] Beginning in 1905,[12] the Chicago Marathon (organized first by the Illinois Athletic Club 1905 to 1909, then sponsored by the Chicago Daily News after 1910) was held annually, with significant community and spectator support, until the early 1920s.[13]

First Chicago Marathon September 23, 1905. Louis Marks in the lead.

The First Chicago Marathon was run on Saturday, September 23, 1905.[11] That first race began in Evanston and finished in front of a standing-room-only paying crowd at Washington Park race track. In a stunning upset, a reported 100,000 or more spectators watched Rhud Metzner come from behind to steal a late-race victory from the favored Louis Marks.[12] With that first race, the Chicago Marathon began an annual run of epic races that continued until the early 1920s on a revised course that largely resembles today's marathon route.[13] Over the years elite fields included Olympic champions, world records were continually sought, and the marathon continued to inspire Chicago communities and spectators until challenges of the early 1920s sidelined the event.[14]

It was not until the health consciousness of the 1960s that marathon growth gained traction in the eyes of the nation. Frank Shorter's 1972 Games of the XX Olympiad marathon victory represented the convergence of many middle-class American ideals.[15] Then the 1976 New York City Marathon, which was the first New York City Marathon to embrace the five borough course, popularized the big city marathon. As the New York marathon began to grow exponentially in the 1970s, the Chicago Marathon was established as a rival to the New York City Marathon.[3] By the mid 1980s, the Chicago Marathon was ensconced as one of the big four marathons.[16] During the mid 1980s, it was named America's Marathon/Chicago and opened up the way for appearance payments. Joan Benoit Samuelson described the Chicago Marathon's of the mid 1980s as "The World's Marathon".[17] The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is an open race with no qualifying time to participate.[6]

The founding location of the Chicago Marathon is at 214 West Erie in River North.

The Modern Era Chicago Marathon was founded over the objection of Ed Kelly, Chicago Parks Superintendent who refused permission to run in the parks or along the Lake Michigan lakefront. With the help of Lee Flaherty, the event's founder who operated out of Flair House in the Near North Side community area of Chicago,[18] Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley's support for the marathon was enlisted. Although Mayor Daley died, his successor Michael Anthony Bilandic approved the race and got Kelly on board. Michael Bilandic, a runner, and his wife actually passed out medals at the first marathon on September 25, 1977. This first edition of the modern Chicago Marathon was called the Mayor Daley Marathon.[19] Flaherty footed the bill for the first race, which had no sponsors. He again footed the bill in 1978 when the race was again called the Mayor Daley Marathon. In 1979, however, Beatrice Foods became the first race sponsor.

Evans Cheruiyot follows the course car (with clock) during his 2008 victory. The lead course car carries the current race time.

In the early years the Chicago Marathon was held in August.[20] It has from its inception with 4,200 runners and 2,128 finishers been one of the nation's largest marathons. The 2000 running was second only to New York.[21] The 1979 and 1980 events, however, continued to be gatherings of amateur runners. By 1982, the race finally had sufficient prize money to attract world class athletes. The 1982 was the first with world class times such as the 2:10:59 by Greg Meyer, the last American-born male to win the race.[15] By 1983, the Chicago Marathon had achieved its status as one of America's most important marathons. In 1984, Beatrice raised the purse to $250,000 ($50,000 more than New York's).[15] The race had become a legitimate rival to New York and continues to vie for top runners. The 1985 race was spectacular with Steve Jones breaking his own course record (2 seconds short of the world record) and Joan Benoit Samuelson the 1984 Olympic Champion, two-time defending Chicago Marathon Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rosa Mota and the fourth place Olympic finisher and world record setting Ingrid Kristiansen. Benoit set a record that stood nearly a generation. At that time, it was considered the premier marathon in the United States, if not the world.[22] Although 1986 had 40 world-class runners among the 8,000 participants the times paled in comparison.[23] Beatrice dropped out as a sponsor in 1987. Because of this only a half-marathon race was held that year[5] and the marathon was moved to the spring of 1988[24] and attracted Heileman Brewing Company to sponsor the 1988 Old Style Chicago Marathon.[25] The race resulted in three women who had been passed over for the 1988 Games of the XXIV Olympiad placing in the top positions.[26] In 1991, Heileman discontinued its sponsorship and both the prize money and performances waned.[27] In 1992, the race again had no sponsorship, but 1993 brought new sponsor LaSalle Bank.[28] In 1994, the race became the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.[29] In 1996, LaSalle Bank purchased the Chicago Marathon from Major Events, Inc., who had purchased the race three years prior from Flaherty.[30][31] In 1998, the race began using transponder timing.[32] In 2001, when Catherine Ndereba broke the women's world record marathon time, both the men's and women's then-current world records had been set at the Chicago Marathon.[33] For 2008, the race was sponsored by Bank of America following the purchase of LaSalle Bank from ABN Amro to Bank of America, and the new title will be in use.[34]

2007 Chicago Marathon temperatures.

The 2007 race made history with the first ever CEO Marathon Challenge. The race featured a special competition among the CEOs, presidents, company owners and c-suite executives of companies with at least $5 million in annual gross revenue ($2.5 million for women).[35] The 2007 race also made history for having three (men's, women's & men's wheelchair) of its four races decided in the final 100 meters in a day of record setting heat.[36] The race was partially shut down early (after three and a half hours) as temperatures rose to an unseasonably hot 88 degrees, which surpassed both the temperature records for the Chicago Marathon and official Chicago records for October 7.[37] Over 10,000 registrants chose not to run in the record temperatures, while 10,934 people did not finish (many were called after the course closed early for safety).[4][36][38] One runner died, over 30 were hospitalized, and over 400 others sought medical attention. Marathon owner and sponsor Bank of America, which had just acquired LaSalle Bank, has denied culpability. Similar hot conditions have been experienced in other city centre races. In London in 2003 The British 10K also had extremely hot weather that affected many runners.[38][39]

Course

Chicago Marathon start/finish in Grant Park (2006)

The marathon course is a loop course, starting and ending at Grant Park. From here, the current course winds through 29 of the city's neighborhoods.[40] The course loop can be generally divided into three sections: North, West, and South. Near each of these directions, three of the city's main stadiums are nearby at their turning points. Wrigley Field is near the north. The United Center is to the west. US Cellular Field is to the south. On the other hand, Soldier Field is located near the start/finish area.

For the first three miles, runners wind through Chicago's downtown area. Eventually, they head north along LaSalle Street.

Runners are supported by 20 aid stations.[41] Each are spread about 1–3 miles from each other.[42] In addition, medical staff is available at each of the stations, and ambulatory services are in scattered throughout the course.

Digital timers are positioned at every 5 kilometers, as well as the halfway point.

Runner statistics

Chicago Marathon Finishers (2000–present)
Total finishers and by gender
YearFinishersMaleFemaleAvg Finish Time
200027,87016,80211,0684:21:46
200128,39017,12911,2614:19:28
200231,09318,11112,9824:19:51
200332,39518,72013,6754:25:09
200433,03319,07313,9604:26:53
200532,99518,67314,3224:26:22
200633,61818,90414,7144:25:02
200728,81516,94511,8704:52:11
200831,34317,67513,6684:46:30
200933,47518,98314,4924:27:20
201036,15919,97316,1864:43:48
201135,67020,25615,4144:40:34
201237,45520,68816,7674:32:02
Source:[43]

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has grown significantly from its beginnings. In 1905, 20 runners registered for the first Chicago Marathon, 15 actually started the race, and 7 finished.[14] For the first "modern" marathon race in 1977, just over 1,000 people signed up for the race, with expected numbers of just 200-300.[44] In 1995, 9,000 people registered, and in 1999, over 29,000 people registered. The 2001 marathon run on October 7 reached its cap of 37,500, which was instituted after the 2000 race drew 33,171 runners,[45] just prior to the entry deadline on September 19.[46] In 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 it reached its cap of 40,000.[3][47] The October 10, 2004, October 9, 2005 and October 22, 2006 races reached their 40,000 entrant caps on August 16, July 14, and May 26 respectively.[47][48][49] On April 18, 2007, the 2007 race run on October 7 reached its cap of 45,000 entrants.[50] There was a late registration exemption whereby elite runners (marathon times of less than 2:31/3:01 or half marathon times of 1:11/1:21 for (men/women)) could register until September 1 even though the race had reached its registration cap in the spring.[51] The 40,000 registrants and 33,000 finishers in 2003 made the Chicago Marathon the third or fourth largest marathon depending on which metric (registrants or finishers) is used.[52]

The Chicago Marathon is entered by predominantly Caucasian entrants from middle- to upper-middle-class affluence with a wide range in age and near equality in the sexes.[6] The Chicago Marathon has never excluded women. Historically, however, the women's field has been smaller than the men's. This seems to be the result of older age categories having large multiples of men to women, but the women are beginning to outnumber the men in the 20s age group of the field.[53]

Records

World records have been broken at Chicago four times.[54] In 1984, Steve Jones broke the world record with 2:08:05. In 1999, Khalid Khannouchi was the first to surpass 2:06:00 with 2:05:42. The women's record was broken in two consecutive years. In 2001, Catherine Ndereba broke the record in 2:18:47, and Paula Radcliffe surpassed that mark with 2:17:18 the year after.

Radcliffe's world record is also the course record; while the men's record is 2:04:38, set in the 2012 race by Tsegaye Kebede.

Economic impact

Much of the marathon's impact is derived from the tourism industry. More than 10,000 of the runners in 2010 have indicated their first visit to Chicago. Of that, 6,000 have come from 100 countries. Due to the travelers, the event increases hotel occupancy rates during the marathon. In the 2009 edition, the marathon contributed $150 million worth of activity. The local economy produced 1,310 jobs.[55]

Charity program

Although entrants have registered on a first-come first-served basis and elite runners have an extended deadline, numerous official charities have additional late registration rights to award. The 2007 event had 85 charity partners. The 2006 event raised $9.2 million for charity.[7] Charity fundraising is now closely intertwined with the event as the runners now raise money for research, aid the suffering and heighten public awareness of different causes.[56] The marathon offers all registrants the opportunity to sign up to run with a charity partner. The marathon recognizes four levels of charities based on the number of participants recruited.[57] The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society required participants to raise $1,400 to be a team member in 2004.[58] Children's Memorial Hospital has a $500 requirement.[59] This program has existed since 2001.[60]

The 2005 LaSalle Bank ABN Amro Chicago Marathon at Grand Avenue passing under Michigan Avenue (Chicago) along the Magnificent Mile.
YearCharity
Count
Charity Runner
Count
Funds Raised
20017NANA
2002141,674$2,950,000
2003192,527$4,540,000
2004292,449$4,740,000
2005433,000$6,317,000
2006604,500$9,500,000
2007856,600$9,985,482
20081106,745$9,209,000
20091238,768$10,183,855
20101509,842$12,109,000
201116210,192$13,400,000
Source: 2012 Chicago Marathon Media Guide[61]

Deaths

Gallery

Notes

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