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Packet Pick Up

Participants who received their Participant Guide (mail) or Confirmation Ticket (email) should be prepared to show that along with their photo ID to receive their Packet at Packet Pick Up at Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.

If you misplaced your Participant Guide a PDF is available here.

For more information see our previous blog post here or the Bank of America site here.

Charity Block Party

We will be there early on race day to cheer on our wonderful runners! Let your friends and family know they can join the Pav YMCA at the Charity Block Party at mile 14.Look forward to seeing you all there!

Who: The Pav YMCA Team

What: Charity Block Party

Where: Mile 14 of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Whitney Young High School Adams St. and Loomis St.) Pav YMCA location D16 (See Charity Block Party Map)

When: Meet at the Pav YMCA at 5:30am. Set-up from 6:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Breakdown at 12:00 p.m.

How to get there: Accessible by CTA’s Green and Blue Line. Parking available throughout the day on the north side of Adams.

Why: Because we love our YMCA.

Race Day Info and Tips

Before the marathon: Get plenty of sleep this week. You may have a hard time sleeping the day before the marathon.

Post a pic of your race day gear and bib on social media so your friends and family can spot you on the course!


Don’t overdress for the race. A good rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 15 degrees warmer than it really is. Your body will warm up at least by that much while running. To keep warm before the race, wear some old sweats to the start. The sweats will keep you warm while you wait and then you can toss them at the start. Goodwill is a great place to pick up cheap sweats that you won’t mind discarding. All discarded clothing will be donated.

Plan out the day of the marathon starting from breakfast to post race. Know how you are getting to the race and where you can meet friends and family after.

Relax and enjoy the days before the race. Try not to do too much.

Eat some CARBS!

At the marathon: Limit the amount of gear your bring. A clear plastic bag will be provided for gear check, however, you will not be able to put a large backpack into the bag. Only bring essential items.Get in a good dynamic warm-up before the race starts.

Get in a good dynamic warm-up before the race starts.

Pace yourself at the start of the race. Your energy level will be pumping at the start, but hold it back. You’ll be thankful at mile 20 when you will really need that boost.

Don’t do anything “new” at the marathon. Example: Don’t listen to music if you didn’t listen to music while training.

Put your name on your singlet. It is so fun to have people cheer you on by name!

Check your form from head to toe. As fatigue sets in,your form can falter. Think from head to toe: head is over the shoulders, shoulders are relaxed, arms pump like a pendulum and should not cross the center line of the body, hands are relaxed, hips under the shoulders, and feet land with short, quick strides.

After the marathon: Look up and smile for your finishing photo!

Eat something easy to digest, like a banana. For your next big meal, stick to slow to digest carbs and protein

Change into some fresh dry clothes. Some runners also change into sandals to let their tired feet breathe.

A few days after the marathon: If you have blisters or any muscles strains, avoid running. You can reverse taper your running schedule to prepare for your next race.


Spectator information

The website has lots of useful information for spectators to prepare for race day viewing along the course or from home (including the downloadable Spectator Guide). This is also available in select local specialty running stores, CTA stations, and hotels.

Runner tracking

Runner tracking will be available through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon mobile application, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services and live results at

Runners and participants can download the Mobile Application today by searching Bank of America Chicago Marathon in the App and Google Play stores. To add registered participants to the race-day tracking list, search their name and add them to favorites. 20 runners can be tracked on race day through the Mobile Application.

Runner tracking will also be available race week at The mobile-friendly race website allows spectators to view our race leaderboard and to follow friends and family by getting real-time updates and splits every 5K.



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