Friday, February 22, 2013

Marathon Registration Plan Coming on Feb. 28

From Bank of America Chicago Marathon Web site

Thank you for your ongoing patience as we work through the issues that resulted in the suspension of registration for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Our team is working around the clock to determine a timely, fair, and effective registration solution to fill the remaining 15,000 entries without further technical complications. At 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, February 28, we will announce an equitable plan for how and when we will reopen registration. If you would like to receive an email when this announcement is made, please sign up here:
We understand the frustrations and appreciate your continued patience during this process. Additional registration questions can be directed to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon office at 312.904.9800 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST.
Registration Confirmation
The registration confirmation link has been updated to accurately reflect the participants who successfully registered for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. For those who did not receive a confirmation e-mail upon registering, if your name appears within this searchable database, this serves as official confirmation of a successful entry.
Confirm your registration here:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Registration Hits the Wall could not handle the load Tuesday. You know the story by now. Registration for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been suspended. Things just didn't work as planned, the system failed and many frustrated runners did not get in or got in more than once. It was a sad mess and I hope for the runners who want to run Chicago on Oct. 13 that things get straightened out. Here is the latest from the marathon web site if you haven't seen it:

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. Many runners were able to sign up before the registration process was suspended. There are currently 15,000 entries remaining. Before we re-open registration, we need to make sure all technical issues are permanently resolved. We will provide ample notice regarding when the registration process will re-open.
For those who were able to successfully complete the registration process, you can confirm your registration by clicking on the links listed below (on the marathon web site). For those that were charged more than once, our registration provider is in the process of refunding any duplicate charges and will notify these participants.
We do not plan on reopening registration within the next two days. We will provide another update on registration by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on Thursday.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Chicago Marathon -- Ready, Set, Register!

As the rain of mid-February changes to snow, it's time to sign up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. And if you're serious about getting in, make sure you go for it tomorrow. It might be closed by Wednesday, even with 45,000 spots. The following material comes from the marathon web site. Good luck if you plan to run Chicago this fall!
Registration for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will open at NOON on Tuesday, February 19 (Central Standard Time). The registration fee is $175 for U.S. participants and $200 for participants outside of the U.S. Registration will close when the participant capacity of 45,000 is reached.
Event Entry Requirements:
•The 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a required maximum net finish time of 6 hours and 30 minutes (h:mm:ss / 6:30:59).
•Participants must be 16 years or older on race day, October 13, 2013, to register. Participants 16-17 years of age must have a statement signed by their parent or legal guardian permitting them to participate.
•Sale and/or transfer of race entries/bib numbers is strictly prohibited. All entry fees are non-refundable, and may not be deferred toward a future event.