Everything You Need To Know About The Marathon This Weekend

Marathon this Sunday

October 11, 2019


  • Thousands of runners will hit Chicago streets this weekend as they prepare to run 26-point-2 miles and experience the city in an entirely new way, now whether you're running, watching, or just trying to get around the city, here's what you need to know:
  • A runner's start time is based on their assigned start wave. Wave 1 begins at 7:20 a.m.


The start line is located in Grant Park at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street.

5:30 a.m. – Gear check opens

5:30 a.m. – Start corrals open

7:20 a.m. – Wave 1 (Red) start corrals close

7:20 a.m. – Marathon Wheelchair Start (men)

7:21 a.m. – Marathon Wheelchair Start (women)7:22 a.m. – Handcycle Start

7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start

7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start

7:45 a.m. – Wave 2 (Blue) start corrals close

8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start

8:10 a.m. – Wave 3 (Orange) start corrals close

8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start


*Times are subject to change.


How long will the Chicago Marathon last?

Runners must be able to complete the 26.2-mile distance in six hours and 30 minutes and must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace or faster.

What can I do after the race?

The finish line is located on Columbus Drive south of Balbo Drive in Grant Park, though spectators aren't allowed in the area. Instead, head over to a post-race party in Grant Park.

9:30 a.m. – Grant Park opens to spectators

9:30 a.m. – Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party starts

4:00 p.m. – Gear check closes

4:00 p.m. – Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party ends

Find the FULL route of the marathon at ChicagoMarathon.com!