Similar to last year, the Chicago Marathon is opening registration almost a year ahead of the race itself. Unlike last year, runners now have an age and gender graded qualifying entry process that they can use to run the fast Chicago course.
The 2018 Chicago Marathon Opens Today for Qualified Registrants
The Chicago Marathon operates on a lottery system (that will not open until next week) and that can disappoint a lot of people if they do not make it in. They also had a qualification system but it was a fixed time for men (sub 3:15) and a separate fixed time for women (sub 3:45).
Now, it is graded like the Boston Marathon qualification and should be much friendlier for many runners. Here are the times needed to get an entry into the 2018 Chicago Marathon:
As of today at 10:00AM CT, you can now enter if you have met your qualifying time above! The Chicago Marathon says it will take up to 7 business days to verify your entry. Your qualifying race can be at USATF-certified marathon after January 1, 2016.
A nice addition is that your age for qualifying purposes is how old you will be on the 2018 Chicago Marathon race day, October 7, 2018.
So, if you want to run the 2018 Chicago Marathon and you have a qualifying time, get your registration in!
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