The last six miles are the hardest, but you can – and will – finish. It might not be easy in the moment, but afterward you will have a lifetime to remember that you did it. Enjoy every single mile.
Words similar to these can be found amid hundreds of comments from folks the Bank of America Chicago Marathon call “marathon alumns.” In preparation for the upcoming event on Oct. 6, organizers asked past participants to share what they think is most important to remember during the race. And chances are, this year’s first-timers will soon agree.
Now in its 41st year, the annual marathon is set for Sunday, Oct 7 when more than 40,000 runners from more than 100 countries will come together to race through 29 vibrant Chicago neighborhoods.
In addition to a world-class elite field, top, regional and Masters runners, there will be plenty of race veterans, debut marathoners and charity runners.
An estimated 1.7 million spectators are anticipated to line the route, which features many architectural and cultural elements of Chicago. Economic activity is expected to blossom throughout the weekend, in what event organizers are calling a record-setting business impact.
“With the generous support of Bank of America, the Chicago Marathon has grown into one of the largest races in the world and a strong economic engine for our city,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a press release. “This year, we look forward to welcoming more runners, their families and friends to participate in a truly great Chicago tradition.”
As a result of the race’s national and international draw, the Chicago Marathon assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes while generating $338 million in annual economic impact to its host city.
The 2017 race delivered a $56 million increase from the previous year, according to a press release, which is the largest amount ever generated by the marathon and marks the first time the marathon’s economic impact has exceeded $300 million.
“To the runners, the visitors and those who faithfully raise money for local and national charities – we thank everyone for continuing to positively impact Chicago’s local economy through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon,” said Paul Lambert, Chicago market president, Bank of America. “We also could not have celebrated the 40-year milestone or achieved more than $338 million in economic impact without the support of our great city, its residents and businesses.”
The 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, will start and finish in Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 7.
In advance of the race, a two-day Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6.
An article in the Chicago Tribune highlights the schedule of events throughout the weekend, offering valuable insight on everything you need to know about the marathon.
Scio at the Medical District: Welcome Home
At Scio at the Medical District, we know life is just as much about the journey as it is about the destination. We are honored to call the diverse city of Chicago home, and even more fortunate to offer our residents the best the city has to offer.
Most importantly, we believe in our community. We are thrilled to have this exciting event nearby, as it reminds us what inspires others, and ultimately what inspires us.
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