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Chicago Marathon Registration Opens February 1st

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The 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon registration will begin at midnight (CST) on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at www.chicagomarathon.com. Registration will be open to the first 45,000 registered participants.

The 34th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011, starting and finishing in Chicago’s Grant Park.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, and is one of the five “World Marathon Majors.” Each year, the event delivers a fast course and builds upon a longstanding tradition of supporting the Chicagoland economy and more than 150 nonprofit organizations which raise money to advance local, national and global causes. Chicago Event Management (CEM) manages the annual event.

Participation in the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will directly benefit youth running programs in Chicago. Two dollars from each entry, along with a dollar-for-dollar match by Bank of America, will be donated to Chicago-based youth running and fitness initiatives.

The fee to register for the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is $145 for U.S. participants and $170 for participants outside of the U.S. Registration will close when the participant capacity of 45,000 is reached.

About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
In its 34th year and a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 participants, including a world-class elite runner and wheelchair field, and an estimated 1.7 million spectators.

As a result of its national and international draw, the iconic race assists in raising more than $11.5 million for a variety of charitable causes while generating a $150 million economic impact to its host city according to a report by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (R.E.A.L.).

The 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will start and finish in Chicago’s Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 9. In advance of the race, a two-day Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8. More information is available at chicagomarathon.com.