Firstly, similar to last year, there will be a lottery system used for general registration for the Chicago Marathon. The lottery entry period will last six weeks, beginning sometime in March (specific dates to be announced in the coming weeks). However, for those of you who want to fundraise for a charity, you will be given a guaranteed entry into the marathon, bypassing the lottery, if you commit to fundraising for one of the approved charity partners. The Chicago Marathon office governs the amount of money these participants must raise for their charity. Those participants committing to a charity before the lottery entry period ends will be required to fundraise a minimum of $1,000 for their charity. For participants who wait until after the lottery entry period ends, the fundraising minimum increases to $1,500. This is done to encourage participants to join a charity because they truly want to, not just because they didn't get chosen in the lottery. Please keep in mind that regardless of how you enter the Marathon, you still must pay the race entry fee* of $185 (or $210 if you reside outside of the U.S.A.).
*The American Cancer Society DetermiNation is offering FREE race entry if you commit to raising $1,900. Please contact me if you are interested in additional details.
Next, DetermiNation runners will again receive free training with their choice of either Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) or Chicago Endurance Sports (CES). Both companies offer a virtual coaching option for those who may not reside in the Chicagoland area. Keep an eye on the "Training" tab of this site for an upcoming post comparing these two great running companies.
Lastly, the Race Weekend experience provided for DetermiNation runners will once again include a VIP Race Day Resort. This year, the location of this will be at the Congress Hotel (520 S. Michigan Ave.), which is very close to the Marathon start line, as well as CARA & CES's respective VIP Race Day Resorts too.
I'm so glad to be able to share this info with you all. I will continue to share more with you as I am able!