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January 22, 2013 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Get your sneakers on--registration for the 36 th annual Chicago Marathon will be next month. The marathon isn't till Oct. 13, but marathon sponsor Bank of America suggests anyone who is interested in participating to register early, as only the first 45,000 entrants are able to register online. Online registration opens at noon Feb. 19. Cost of participation is $175 for U.S. runners and $200 for non-US citizens. Visit www.chicagomarathon.com for more information and to register.
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May 28, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Summer running? That's hot. Here's RedEye's list of June races to run in the city. June 1 > > Cancer Survivor's Celebration 5K The plug: "Brings cancer survivors, families, and friends together with the physicians, scientists, and health professionals who support them" Course: Grant Park Cost: $40 before May 31; $50 on race day Registration available: Until the race starts (if cap has not been reached)   June 5 > > Totally Awesome 80s 5K The plug: "We'll have a DJ mixing up all your favorite 80s tunes!"
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March 4, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Runners started entering a lottery to register for the Chicago Marathon at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday. Marathon registration was briefly open for a few hours last month until Web problems forced officials to shut the process down. Thirty thousand runners were able to register before registration was closed. Some runners reported lengthy waits to pay for their registration while others said they paid twice. The marathon said all those who were charged twice have been reimbursed. Fifteen thousand spots remain for the Oct. 13 race.
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April 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
More than 71,000 runners signed up for 45,000 spots in the Chicago Marathon this year, marathon officials said Monday. Registration for the marathon lottery ended at noon Monday. Runners will be notified April 14 if they won the lottery to compete in the Oct. 12 race. The lottery was new for the 2014 race after years of first-come, first-serve sign-ups. Last year, the marathon registration system was so overwhelmed that officials shut it down. A lottery was held for the remaining 15,000 spots.
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April 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
More than 71,000 runners signed up for 45,000 spots in the Chicago Marathon this year, marathon officials said Monday. Registration for the marathon lottery ended at noon Monday. Runners will be notified April 14 if they won the lottery to compete in the Oct. 12 race. The lottery was new for the 2014 race after years of first-come, first-serve sign-ups. Last year, the marathon registration system was so overwhelmed that officials shut it down. A lottery was held for the remaining 15,000 spots.
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February 19, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A Chicago Marathon official said Tuesday that registration for the October event will not reopen until at least Thursday after website woes caused registration to be temporarily suspended. Fifteen thousand entries to the Oct. 13 race remain. The citywide race will be capped at 45,000 participants. "We are incredibly sorry that runners interested in signing up for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon experienced such difficulties today. We have been working nonstop with our registration provider to find the root of the problem and a solution," marathon...
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October 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Before some Chicago Marathon runners make it to the start line, they'll have to navigate the CTA line. Long lines for fare cards greeted travelers to O'Hare Friday morning as the CTA continued its transition to Ventra, its new fare payment system. Two days before the Chicago Marathon, which attracted 45,000 runners and an estimated 1.7 million spectators last year, is typically one of the O'Hare Blue Line station's busiest days of the year. At one point Friday morning, RedEye counted 106 people in line for seven fare card machines at...
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March 8, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Thirty-six thousand runners applied for the 15,000 spots left in the Chicago Marathon, a spokeswoman for the event said Friday. Marathon officials will notify runners who won the online lottery by Tuesday. Selected runners have until Thursday to finalize their registration. Runners had two days this week to sign up for the lottery, which was instituted after Web problems forced marathon officials to shut down registration last month. Thirty thousand runners were able to sign up while registration was open for hours last month.
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January 7, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Don't shuffle your feet.  Registration for this year's Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K opens at noon Tuesday, and if last year's process is any indication, you better act fast. Last year, the 40,000 runner race sold out almost a full month before the event.  This year marks the 35th year for the 8-kilometer race that winds through downtown and ends in Grant Park, held this year at 8:30 a.m. March 30. It is the second largest race in Chicago after the Chicago Marathon.  Registration is $45.  Want more?
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April 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Runners are running out of time to register for the Chicago Marathon lottery. Registration for the marathon's lottery system , in place this year after years of first-come, first-serve registration, closes at noon Monday. The Oct. 12 race will be capped at 45,000 runners. A marathon spokeswoman wouldn't say how many people have signed up for the lottery system, which opened March 19 after a two-week delay to test the online system. The marathon will notify runners April 14 if they won the lottery.
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January 7, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Don't shuffle your feet.  Registration for this year's Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K opens at noon Tuesday, and if last year's process is any indication, you better act fast. Last year, the 40,000 runner race sold out almost a full month before the event.  This year marks the 35th year for the 8-kilometer race that winds through downtown and ends in Grant Park, held this year at 8:30 a.m. March 30. It is the second largest race in Chicago after the Chicago Marathon.  Registration is $45.  Want more?
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Before some Chicago Marathon runners make it to the start line, they'll have to navigate the CTA line. Long lines for fare cards greeted travelers to O'Hare Friday morning as the CTA continued its transition to Ventra, its new fare payment system. Two days before the Chicago Marathon, which attracted 45,000 runners and an estimated 1.7 million spectators last year, is typically one of the O'Hare Blue Line station's busiest days of the year. At one point Friday morning, RedEye counted 106 people in line for seven fare card machines at...
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October 10, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
While many wheelchair athletes are born without use of their legs, many who will compete in the Chicago Marathon ended up in a wheelchair because of injury. This is the case for three Chicago-area residents: Adam Finney of Bronzeville, Geoff Kent of River North and Bob Swanson of Round Lake, Ill. "You end up in a wheelchair and it's a confusing time," said Kent, 33. "You say, 'What am I going to do with myself?'" Kent suffered his injury while skiing in 2007. "I fell 40 feet and landed on a tree trunk on my spine.
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October 10, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Chicagoans alive for the Michael Jordan era know how thrilling - and how difficult - it can be to pull off a three-peat. When the wheelchair portion of the Chicago Marathon kicks off Sunday, Paralympic gold medal winner Tatyana McFadden will be aiming for a pair of them. McFadden, a student at the University of Illinois and a three-time gold medal winner in the London 2012 paralympics, is the two-time reigning champ of the Chicago Marathon, as well as the reigning champ of both the Boston and London marathons.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By John Hickey, @johnnyjhickey and For RedEye
First and foremost, the people of Boston are in our thoughts and prayers for their courage during the events of the past couple of weeks. When any tragedy strikes, the bottom dwellers of society usually are the ones whose voices are heard the loudest. Here are eight types I've encountered. Colin the Comedian Overheard: "Sounds like the marathon was a blast this year. " I'll out myself first. When I read there was a blast heard near the finish line, I posted a snarky tweet about how marathoners couldn't hear it over the...
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April 16, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
After Kate Napleton heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, all she could think was so many people had to be hurt. That's because she knows there always are hordes of people at the finish lines. She crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon in 2009 and plans to do so again this October. "Obviously what happened yesterday in Boston was horrific and terrible and you're sitting there thinking, 'I want to do something. What can I do?' " said Napleton, 27, of Old Town.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Thirty-six thousand runners applied for the 15,000 spots left in the Chicago Marathon, a spokeswoman for the event said Friday. Marathon officials will notify runners who won the online lottery by Tuesday. Selected runners have until Thursday to finalize their registration. Runners had two days this week to sign up for the lottery, which was instituted after Web problems forced marathon officials to shut down registration last month. Thirty thousand runners were able to sign up while registration was open for hours last month.
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