The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Capacity Largest Field Estimated Spectators Prize Purse Affiliated Charity Organizations
45,000 36,088 (2010) 1.7 million $500,000 * 160

* $100,000 to male and female champions

 

Since its inaugural running in 1977, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has developed a global reputation for its fast, record-setting course. Year after year the Bank of America Chicago Marathon hosts representatives from more than 100 countries and all 50 of the United States to compete on this world stage, while the flat city landscape and cool fall climate combine to provide the best backdrop for posting records – personal, national and world.

Recent Participation:

Year Finishers Male Female
2003 32,361 18,690 13,671
2004 33,082 19,105 13,977
2005 32,868 18,602 14,266
2006 33,633 18,910 14,723
2007 25,534 15,348 10,186
2008 31,343 17,678 13,665
2009 33,703 19,077 14,626
2010 36,088 19,946 16,142
2011 35,752 20,282 15,470

World Records (Men):

2:05:42 – Khalid Khannouchi, 1999
2:08:04 – Steve Jones, 1984

World Records (Women):

2:17:18 – Paula Radcliffe, 2002
2:18:47 – Catherine Ndereba, 2001

World Debut Records:

2:05:50 – Evans Rutto, 2003
2:06:54 – Ondoro Osoro, 1998

National Records (Men):

Cayman Islands: 2:40:28 (Tony Keely, 2000)
Ecuador: 2:09:49 (Silvio Guerra, 1997)
Great Britain: 2:07:13 (Steve Jones, 1985)
Japan: 2:06:16 (Toshinari Takaoka, 2002)
Peru: 2:11:36 (Miguel Mallqui, 1998)
Uruguay: 2:12:48 (Nestor Garcia, 1999)

National Records (Women):

Australia: 2:22:36 (Benita Johnson, 2006)
Ethiopia: 2:20:42 (Berhane Adere, 2006)
Kenya: 2:18:47 (Catherine Ndereba, 2001)
Mexico: 2:22:59 (Madai Perez, 2006)
Portugal: 2:23:29 (Rosa Mota, 1985)
Romania: 2:21:30 (Constantina Tomescu-Dita, 2005)
Russia: 2:18:20 (Liliya Shobukhova, 2011)

American Records (Men):

2000 – Khalid Khannouchi (2:07:01)
1999 – David Morris (2:09:32)
1997 – Jerry Lawson (2:09:35)
1996 – Jerry Lawson (2:10:04)

American Records (Women):

1985 – Joan Benoit Samuelson (2:21:21)

Course records:

2:05:37 – Moses Mosop, 2011
2:17:18 – Paula Radcliffe, 2002

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