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    Posted October 11, 2013 by
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    Chicago Marathon 2013 on Sunday, October 13

    The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the largest and most popular road races in the world. Featuring a fast and flat course, it is one of the big-5 marathons which comprise the World Marathon Majors series, the others being London, New York, Boston and Berlin marathons. From 4,200 runners in 1977 to a world class event with a record 45,000 registered participants and an ever improving elite field, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has come a long way. Chicago Marathon ranks as the 3rd largest marathon in the world.
    The Chicago Marathon 2013 takes place on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Grant Park by Lake Michigan.
    This retired couple from Connecticut has traveled to Chicago to watch their son run in the Chicago Marathon 2013. Their son has been training for the running race on Sunday at Grant Park.
    As in years past, general spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas will only be accessible to participants displaying their event-issued bib numbers, event staff with proper credentials, and ticketed guests (where applicable). Individuals who are not registered for the race will not be able to escort runners to the start line or greet runners at the finish line.

    We recommend that spectators support runners from elsewhere on the course, and meet runners after the race at the designated Runner Reunite area at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Grant Park.

    The 27th Mile Post-Race Party/Runner Reunite area of Grant Park (Butler Field) will open to spectators at 9 a.m. To access this area, spectators must pass through security and bag screening at Gate #1 (Jackson Drive and Michigan Avenue) or Gate #2 (Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue).
    Recommended spectator viewing areas:
    •To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.
    •To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.
    •After the race, spectators should plan to meet their runners at the Runner Reunite area in Butler Field, located north of Jackson Drive, between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive.
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