How to Register for the 2015 Chicago Marathon

I’ve been stalking the Chicago Marathon website like a creeper for the past several weeks, anxiously waiting for an announcement about when the registration period opens. Until today, the Chicago Marathon registration page vaguely said registration would open some time in March and that the actual dates and times of the registration period would be announced in February. 

This is me on February 24, with only 4 more days of the month left and no announcement made. 

 But this is me today. 

 So… drum roll, pleaseregistration for the Chicago Marathon will open at 12:00 p.m. CST on Monday, March 10, 2015. Registration will remain open until 12:00 p.m. CST April 21, 2015

What does this really mean?

Well, as you may know, in 2014 the Chicago Marathon moved to a lottery system, eschewing the open registration method that ended up becoming a boondoggle in 2013. During the March 10-April 21 period, you will be able to either register with a guaranteed entry or enter the non-guaranteed entry lottery. 

Wait–do I qualify to have a guaranteed entry, or do I need to enter the lottery? 

 You are guaranteed an entry into the Chicago Marathon if you:

  • Run and fundraise for a charity through the marathon’s official charity program;
  • Are a legacy finisher (i.e., you have finished the 2015 Chicago Marathon 5 or more times between 2005 and 2014);
  • Have a qualifying time that is verified (sub-3:15:00 for men, sub-3:45:00 for women);
  • Are going with an official international tour; or,
  • Deferred from the 2014 Chicago Marathon.

More info here

How do I enter the lottery?

If you want to run the 2015 Chicago Marathon and you don’t fit one of the categories above to guarantee yourself an entry, you can apply for the lottery. Unlike the New York City Marathon, which charges a small administrative fee, the Chicago Marathon lottery is free.  The lottery “winners” will be randomly selected after the lottery closes on April 21.  On April 28, the Chicago Marathon will then notify the lucky lottery runners, who will have 1 week to accept and pay for the race registration. 

More info about the lottery after the jump.    

How much does it cost?

The 2015 Chicago Marathon costs $185 for U.S. residents to register, and $210 for non-residents.

Need to know more about the 2015 Chicago Marathon registration process? Find it here!

So, are you going to go for it? Will I see you in Chicago on October 11?

30 thoughts on “How to Register for the 2015 Chicago Marathon

  1. Tricia Johnson says:

    I have a feeling that headband wouldn’t last very long during the race with it bobbling all over the place! So how are you going to register? Are you doing a guaranteed way or through the raffle? How was your trip? Did you have a blast?

  2. wendy says:

    I’ve been stalking Chicago also!! I’m in the NY lottery and will probably go for Chicago if I don’t get in NY. Chicago is probably a plane trip rather than a drive for me so NY has some advantages!

  3. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    This is on my bucket list, but not in the cards for me this year! Hopefully in a few years! Love the headband 🙂

  4. This is exciting; I really would like to run the marathon in 2016, and it may be worth putting my name in the lottery THIS year, just so I could have a deferral for next year. Does that make sense? There’s no way I want to do it this year; too many other things to plan for, financially, and I want to be able to go and make a vacation of it, but I might be willing to pay the entry this year AND next, just to know I can get in next year. Yes, I’m officially crazy. You’re going to have a blast, Molly; it’s going to be fun hearing all about it!!

  5. I won’t be going for it this year, but definitely in the future I’ll be putting my name in to the lottery! Maybe one day I’ll get lucky enough to qualify! (Won’t be holding my breath for that though!) I love your headgear up there. 🙂

  6. Best of luck getting in through the lottery! I’m not running Chicago this year but will likely be there spectating. Such a great race!

  7. Mn says:

    Been there, done that, before there was a lottery! I’ve checked that box (not my fave race, but that’s a looonnggg story)- good luck to you!!!

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