What locals need to know

CHICAGO — While the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is slightly over three days away, there’s a couple of issues locals ought to know of forward of time about this year’s iteration of the race, together with road closures that begin as early as Thursday morning.

Start line: Grant Park, intersection of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street

Finish line: Grant Park, on Columbus Drive south of Balbo Drive

Start time: Oct. 9 (Sunday) at 7:20 a.m. CST

The Chicago Marathon begins in waves, with the primary wave leaving the beginning line at 7:20 a.m. CST (males’s wheelchair race). One minute later, the ladies’s wheelchair race will take off, adopted by handcyclers (7:23 a.m.), pink group (7:30 a.m.), blue group (8 a.m.), and orange group (8:35 a.m.) to end issues out.

Spectators might be allowed to enter Grant Park beginning at 9:30 a.m., however there might be loads of different areas alongside the marathon’s course the place individuals can cheer on this year’s runners (reference racecourse map, cheer zones beneath).


Street Closures:

Street closures on race day start at 7 a.m. with parking restrictions in impact. However, different streets round Chicago will start closing as early as Thursday to accommodate racecourse arrange and building.

On Thursday, Columbus Drive from Roosevelt to Ida B. Wells might be closed beginning at 4 a.m. after which on Friday at 4 a.m., the identical closure from Thursday morning, will lengthen down to Monroe and stay closed till Sunday night time.

On Saturday beginning at 6 a.m., Randolph to Monroe on Columbus Drive might be closed till Sunday at midday.

Time-length of Marathon/When visitors resumes:

According to the Chicago Marathon rulebook, the longest course time restrict allowed for members is 6 1/2 hours (15-minute mile splits or quicker), which means that visitors all through town will resume at 3:05 p.m. because the final official begin time is at 8:35 a.m.

Cheer Zones:

Cheer zones are predetermined areas (some coming with their very own themes) for spectators to cheer on runners as they full the Chicago Marathon. Here are a few of them with their areas.

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle – 8K

Bank of America Chicago 13.1 Cheer Zone – mile marker 13.1 (half-way)

Charity Block Party – mile marker 15

Bank of America Cheer Zone – mile marker 26 (0.2 miles to go)

Local neighborhood teams have additionally organized cheer zones of their very own all through the course, go to this link to see a working checklist of orgs and their areas.

For extra info on this year’s Chicago Marathon, you possibly can go to the occasion’s web site here.

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