The 2018 Chicago Marathon Lottery Opens Today

Chicago Marathon
Written by Charlie

The 2018 Chicago Marathon lottery opens today! Find out the details of what you need to know and get your entry in for this awesome marathon.

Today, the 2018 Chicago Marathon will open the online registration for what it calls “non-guaranteed entry.” This is the lottery process, where you will enter your name and hope that you are one of the tens of thousands randomly chosen to run in the 2018 Chicago Marathon!

The 2018 Chicago Marathon Lottery Opens Today

2018 Chicago Marathon lottery

Register for the 2018 Chicago Marathon lottery now! |Courtesy of Shutterstock

Link: 2018 Chicago Marathon Lottery

Of course, there are other ways to guarantee entry and they include running a qualifying time to get a spot or running for a charity. If you are considering running for a charity, do check out the American Liver Foundation. We have worked with them in the past and they have a nice program going on to help you to meet your fundraising goal and prepare for the marathon.

But, if you want to try it on your own, go ahead and get ready to register your entry for the 2018 Chicago Marathon lottery. The registration period opens today at 10:00 Central Time and runs through 2:00PM Central Time on November 30, 2017.

Here are the details about the 2018 Chicago Marathon Lottery:

  • Chicago Marathon takes place October 7, 2018
  • Opens at 10:00AM Central Time October 31
  • Closes at 2:00PM Central Time on November 30, 2017
  • Successful entrants will be noticed December 12 by e-mail (but they will charge your card immediately so you may see it pop up on your credit card first!)
  • Registration fees are:
    • U.S. residents (those who live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories): $195 (USD)
    • Non-U.S. residents: $220 (USD)

While I have not yet run the Chicago Marathon, I have heard incredible things about it. If you want to run a great, fast big city marathon, go ahead and give the lottery a try for 2018!

Featured image courtesy of Max Herman via Shutterstock

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

1 Comment

  • Hi, I have a friend who won the slot but can’t make it – is there anyway to re-register it on my name so I could run officially? thanks for this topic