Chicago Marathon Live

Chicago Marathon Live: Stream 2019 Bank of America. This year’s event has a killer men’s field and a women’s field that could produce a new American record. With only five days until one of the biggest running events of the year, here’s everything you need to know about the race.(World Marathon Majors) Sunday, October 13 at 7:00am US Easter (GMT +4). Watch..”Chicago Marathon Live”

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Elite fields

Lawrence Cherono KEN 2:04:06–Cherono is the defending Boston Champion who’s since clocked a 1:00:46 half-marathon. While he doesn’t have the strongest personal best to his name, he’s got a track record of showing up on race day.

Dickson Chumba KEN 2:04:32–Chumba has one of the oldest personal bests of the line up. The Kenyan ran his 2:04 back in 2014 in Chicago. His most recent result is from the 2019 Tokyo Marathon, where he placed third.

Mo Farah GRB 2:05:11–Sir Mo is certainly looking for a personal best in Chicago. After teasing that he might double Chicago and the World Championships, he was not on the Doha start list, and chose to focus his efforts on the road. Farah will be hunting to enter into sub-2:05 territory and hopfeully break his own European record, which he set last year in Chicago.

Natasha LaBeaud CAN 2:35:33–Labeaud was born in Canada but lives with her husband, who’s American, in San Diego. “The big goal for the race is to be top 10. I’ve also had the 2:29 Olympic standard written down as a time goal. I’ve had my eyes on the Olympic rings since I was young and my sights are still set there. There are ups and downs and the Olympics is a big goal, but it’s certainly on my radar heading into Chicago.”

Jordan Hasay USA 2:20:57–The American, poised to overtake Deena Kastor’s American record (2:19:36), was coached by Alberto Salazar and is an NOP athlete. Hasay is the second-fastest American female marathoner in history. Hasay has raced a lot in 2019, most recently clocking a 1:12 half-marathon at the Rock n Roll Philadelphia race weekend.

The link to the full elite fields can be found here.

Course

Course maps can be found here.

Schedule (local time)

5:30 a.m. – Gear check opens
5:30 a.m. – Start corrals open
7:20 a.m. – Wave 1 (Red) start corrals close
7:20 a.m. – Marathon Wheelchair Start (men)
7:21 a.m. – Marathon Wheelchair Start (women)
7:22 a.m. – Handcycle Start
7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
7:45 a.m. – Wave 2 (Blue) start corrals close
8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
8:10 a.m. – Wave 3 (Orange) start corrals close
8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start
9:30 a.m. – Grant Park opens to spectators
9:30 a.m. – Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party starts
4:00 p.m. – Gear check closes
4:00 p.m. – Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party ends

Results

Live results can be found here.

Live stream

There are several live streams where you can catch all of the live action. Unfortunately, they all require paid subscriptions. Runnerspace and NBC Sports Gold will stream the event online (behind a paywall) and the Olympic Channel will do the TV broadcast.

Weather

The weather is looking good for Chicago on Sunday morning. Right now the long-term forecast is showing 13 C with some mild wind and only a 20 per cent chance of rain.

Chicago Marathon 2019

The Chicago Marathon 2019 Half Bank of America is a marathon held every October in Chicago, Illinois. Alongside the Boston, New York, London, Berlin, and Tokyo Marathons Sunday October 13  On 8Am ET it is one of the six World Marathon Majors.

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Chicago Marathon 2019 Live

More than 45,000 runners from 50 states and more than 100 countries will navigate the streets of the Windy City for Chicago Marathon 2019 Live this weekend.

Held every October, the Chicago Marathon is one of six World Marathon Majors, along with the races held in Boston, New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo. The first edition of this race was held in 1977, and it’s taken place every year since, except for 1987.

Before the 42nd Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, here’s everything you need to know for this year’s race.

On Sunday, October 13, nearly 45,000 elites, seasoned runners, celebrities, and newbie marathoners will charge to the finish line in Chicago’s Grant Park during the Chicago Marathon, a race so pancake-flat and well-supported by spectators that fast times are almost guaranteed.

Since the marathon’s founding in 1977, the event has witnessed world-class athletes break numerous records, race-day temperatures ranging from as high as the upper 80s to as low as the 20s, thousands of sports drinks and energy gels being consumed, and too many finish line celebrations to count. Here, we’re giving you a rundown of the marathon—including facts and figures about field size, past winners, and weather stats—plus a preview of the 2019 race.

How the Chicago Marathon Came to Be

In 1977, Michael Bilandic, who was then the mayor of Chicago and an enthusiastic runner, threw his support behind putting on a race along the downtown streets of the Windy City. The Chicago Marathon was dreamed up by five founders, including original race director Wendy Miller, in November of 1976, and officially kicked off on September 25, 1977.

When: Sunday, October 13

Start time: 8:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. CT

Course map: Available on ChicagoMarathon.com

Road Closures: More than 40 streets will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. CT, and they’re not scheduled to reopen until between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CT. A full list of closures can be found at ChicagoMarathon.com.

Fees for that debut event were just $5, and more than 4,200 runners showed up to compete—including 8-year-old Wesley Paul, who finished in 3:15:20—making the Mayor Daley Marathon (named after former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley) the largest 26.2-mile race in the world at the time. The 1977 men’s winner was Indiana native Dan Cloeter, who ran 2:17:52, while Texan Dorothy Doolittle won the women’s race in 2:50:47.

The enormous success of that debut marathon not only established the annual race for years to come, but it also set other running initiatives into motion. Under Bilandic’s hand, what was once an old equestrian trail along Lake Michigan was paved into a five-mile running path, which eventually became the 18-mile lakefront route that Chicago runners know and love today.

Past Winners and Prize Money

Since the event’s founding, Chicago has grown tremendously in size and talent. The combination of a deep field, fast course, and a sizable prize purse has attracted the best of the best over the years.

In 1982, race organizers awarded winners with prize money for the first time; that year, Americans Greg Meyer (2:10:59) and Nancy Conz (2:33:23) each took home $12,000. In 2018, Mo Farah and Brigid Kosgei each won $100,000 for breaking the tape, while wheelchair division winners Daniel Romanchuk and Manuela Schär took home $15,000. Chicago also offers a $75,000 bonus for runners who set the course record, and a $5,000 bonus for wheelchair athletes who do.

Four marathon world records have been set on the course: in 1984, Steve Jones set the men’s record of 2:08:05; Khalid Khannouchi set the men’s record of 2:05:42 in 1999; Catherine Ndereba set the mixed-gender women’s record of 2:18:47 in 2001; and Paula Radcliffe lowered that mark to 2:17:18 in 2002.

Radcliffe’s time is still the current women’s course record for Chicago, while Dennis Kimetto owns the course record for men, 2:03:45, which he ran in 2013.

Here are the past 10 male and female winners, respectively, of the Chicago Marathon:

  • 2018: Mo Farah of Great Britain (2:05:11), Brigid Kosgei of Kenya (2:18:35)
  • 2017: Galen Rupp of USA (2:09:20), Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia (2:18:31)
  • 2016: Abel Kirui of Kenya (2:11:23), Florence Kiplagat of Kenya (2:21:32)
  • 2015: Dickson Chumba of Kenya (2:09:25), Florence Kiplagat of Kenya (2:23:33)
  • 2014: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya (2:04:11), Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia (2:25:37)
  • 2013: Dennis Kimetto of Kenya (2:03:45), Rita Jeptoo of Kenya (2:19:57)
  • 2012: Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia (2:04:38), Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia (2:22:03)
  • 2011: Moses Mosop of Kenya (2:05:37), Ejegayehu Dibaba of Ethiopia (2:22:09)
  • 2010: Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya (2:06:23), Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia (2:23:40)
  • 2009: Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya (2:05:41), Irina Mikitenko of Germany (2:26:31)
  • 2008: Evans Cheruiyot of Kenya (2:06:25), Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia (2:27:17)

Field Size and Weather

While Chicago’s flat course certainly contributed to fast performances in the past, the infectious atmosphere, competitive field, and weather on race day has helped, too. In 2007, the race began capping its field at 45,000 participants, making the it more than 10 times larger than it was 30 years prior. Every year since then, more than 40,000 runners have participated in Chicago; in 2018, 44,571 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park.

In 2007, marathoners suffered record-high temps of 89 degrees and 73 percent humidity on race day. In 1988—the coldest race ever recorded—they endured temps as low as 21 degrees. In 1993, participants ran through snow. Last year, conditions were damp and rainy, which produced slick spots on the road and air that felt warmer than usual, because of the humidity. The average highs/lows in early October for Chicago is usually in the lows 60s to low 40s.

How to Get In

Registration dates usually aren’t announced until race weekend, but in years past, you’d apply for the lottery starting in October, then find out in December. You’re guaranteed entry if you already ran the race five or more times over the last decade. (Find more information on the registration process, including how to run for charity, on the Chicago Marathon website.)

To secure guaranteed entry, you have to hit a time standard between January 1 and when registration usually closes in late November.

Here are the current time standards for Chicago, broken down by age group:

  • 16 to 29 years old (3:05 for men, 3:35 for women)
  • 30 to 39 (3:10 for men, 3:40 for women)
  • 40 to 49 (3:20 for men, 3:50 for women)
  • 50 to 59 (3:35 for men, 4:20 for women)
  • 60 to 69 (4:00 for men, 5:00 for women)
  • 70 to 79 (4:30 for men, 5:55 for women)
  • 80-plus (5:25 for men, 6:10 for women)

Quick Rundown of the Course

Because much of the route is flat as a pancake, and race day mornings are usually brisk, it can be hard to hold back in the early miles of Chicago—but no matter how good you feel from the gun, 26.2 miles is still a long ways to go, so proper pacing is key for staying strong through the finish.

The loop course starts and finishes in Grant Park along Lake Michigan; runners go northward for about eight miles, then turn back south, going past Lincoln Park and Old Town until they hit the halfway point, where they change directions and head east. For miles 14 through 19, runners pass through the West Loop and University Village, where they are cheered on by two enormous block parties along the course. During mile 20, the course turns westward again before heading back to the lakefront. Runners take a spin through Chinatown, then on mile 24, head toward Michigan Avenue via Indiana Avenue before kicking it in for the straightaway finish.

What Happened at Chicago 2018

Because of the wet conditions, there were no records broken at Chicago last year, and many elites fell short of their predicted performance times and placements; others, meanwhile, stepped up to the challenge.

In the men’s race, Mo Farah of Great Britain broke the tape in 2:05:11 to win his first marathon major, beating American favorite Galen Rupp, who finished in fifth in a time of 2:06:21. Rupp fell off the lead pack around mile 20 in the race, in part because of an Achilles injury that flared up during the marathon. After the race, Rupp revealed that he was undergoing foot surgery to help correct the injury, even though it meant he had to withdraw from the spring marathon season in 2019. Earlier this year, he announced his plans to return to Chicago in 2019, which will be his first marathon since recovering from surgery.

The 2018 women’s race was won by Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, who finished nearly three minutes ahead of second place in 2:18:35. Behind her, the top American finisher was Sarah Crouch of Flagstaff, Arizona, who finished sixth in 2:32:37, and Taylor Ward of Ogden, Utah, who placed seventh in 2:32:42. Though Gwen Jorgensen, the 2016 Rio Olympic champion in triathlon, was expected to contend for a podium spot, she finished in 11th place in 2:36:23. Olympian Alexi Pappas made her marathon debut, running 2:43:38 for 28th place in her first attempt at the distance.

Why You Should Get Psyched for 2019

At this year’s race on October 13, several top American marathoners are aiming to clock fast times before heading into the 2020 Olympic year.

On the women’s side, Hasay is coming back to improve her performance from 2017, when she finished third at Chicago in a stunning marathon debut time of 2:20:57. Last year, a heel injury forced her to withdraw from Chicago just days before the race, so she is no doubt seeking vengeance—and a personal best—this year. Joining Hasay is Stephanie Bruce, Emma Bates, and Lindsay Flanagan.

In the men’s race, Rupp, who won the 2017 Chicago Marathon, is returning to regain his title. Rupp is competing again against 2018 winner Farah.

As October 13 approaches, be sure to check back on Runner’s World for info on how to stream the Chicago Marathon, weather updates, marathon tips, and other news about the race.