The 2018 Chicago Marathon Registration Opened Today – For Qualified Registrants

Chicago Marathon
Written by Charlie

The 2018 Chicago Marathon registration is now open with new qualifying times to make it easier for age groups. Check it out and register today, if you qualify!

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

Link: The 2018 Chicago Marathon Registration

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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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.